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The Lava Tunnel - Standard Lava Tunnel Tour (Raufarhólshellir)

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Explore the magnificent lava tunnel Raufarhólshellir, one of the longest and best-known lava tubes in Iceland. Located just 30-40 minutes from Reykjavík, the tunnel is easily accessible year round. Discover the inner workings of a volcanic eruption and walk along the path where lava flowed during the Leitahraun eruption, which occurred approximately 5200 years ago. Our tour is approximately one hour whereas platforms and lights have been incorporated - making the experience of visiting the cave simply breathtaking.   The tour includes all necessary equipment. Choose your preferred departure time upon booking.  Please note that this tour does not include pick up and is for self driving passengers only.
  • Prebooking ensures your preferred time slot
  • Choose from several departure times throughout the day
  • A guide explains geological details you may otherwise have missed
  • Ideal for travelers with limited time 
What to Expect
At your confirmed time, you'll meet your guide and small group at Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel, roughly 30 minutes from downtown Reykjavik. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and warm, waterproof clothing. Your guide provides you with a helmet and light before leading you into the tunnel. Listen as they point out some of the tunnel’s most interesting features and learn about the changing colors of the lava rock formations as you walk. Large rocks make the tunnel difficult to traverse in some places, but a footbridge and several paths have been built over the roughest terrain. Lights have also been incorporated in order to highlight the changing colors and clearly show the powerful volcanic activity that formed the tunnel during the Leitahraun eruption, which occurred around 5,200 years ago. After your tour ends you are free to make your own way back to Reykjavik or onto your next destination.
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Important Information
Departure Point
The Lava Tunnel, Þorlákshafnarvegur, Iceland
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Helmets
  • Lights
  • Professional guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommend for children under the age of 3
  • Not recommended for people with back, knee or other health issues
  • Sturdy shoes are important and it is recommend that you bring rain coat / jacket.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Bathrooms are available on location.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed yesterday

An informative and educational tour delivered in a lighthearted and amusing manner which kept the interest and attention of the group. It is a small hike into the tunnel over well laid paths of rock and metal stairways, we had some members of the group...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank slyjohns
Reviewed 4 days ago

Great trip, you learn tons of interesting facts about the tunnel themselves. our guide was pretty funny, telling stories of proposals gone wrong or lost phones due to slippery grips. Would definitely go again, very easy and very visually pleasing.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Diemthu L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Guide was very friendly and informative, had a lot of knowledge about the formation of the tunnel and the discovery of tunnels. The tour was a once in a lifetime experience! Amazing!

Thank sarahgrace94
Reviewed 6 days ago

Quick and easy tour with some climbing. Is a bit cold in the cave, but very educational and interesting place to check out. The guide is very friendly and will answer any questions about the cave!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Bryce A
Reviewed 6 days ago

Tours in to the tunnel leave every hour on the hour which means it doesn't get too crowded while you're in there. The standard visit takes you in to a big space where you can see amazing lava formation all around you and the stunning...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank claregeorge58
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Rima K
21 July 2019|
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Response from P4761ICkathyh | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Shuttle pickup at hotels or designated stop.
Rima K
21 July 2019|
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Response from Virginia0000 | Reviewed this property |
We rented a car, we did not use any pick up. Sorry but I'm not able to help in this case.
Jesett W
8 February 2019|
Response from Randie A | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel which made the experience very convenient and easy.
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