Feel the rush of adventure as one of the longest lava tubes in Iceland unfolds in the beam of your headlamp!
Join us on a half-day lava caving tour just 30 minutes from Reykjavík. We explore Raufarhólshellir lava tube cave, It’s a great option for the whole family! Lava tubing is a fantastic way to explore Iceland from a different point of view and all of the curious shapes in the cave.
1 or 3 hours
Meet on location
Reykjavik / Raufarholshellir
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Visit to a Lava Tube Cave
- Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
- A Certified Caving Guide
- All Required Safety Equipment
- Helmet & Head Torch
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
Iceland is known for its volcanic activity across the country. This is your chance to explore the fascinating subterranean landscape beneath the lava fields.
Raufarhólshellir is one of the longest and best-known lava tubes in Iceland. This is a great opportunity to see the path of an ancient volcanic eruption. The Leitahraun eruption carved out the landscape around 5200 years ago. Every winter, wondrous icicles appear at the mouth of the cave.
The tunnel stretches about 4500 ft (1360 m), 30 m wide with headroom up to 10 m high.
Bring the whole family to discover the hidden world beneath us. With an endless multitude of colors and jagged rock formations, this lava caving tour is sure to give you a unique and captivating experience. This is a perfect opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and discover something completely new.
Prepare to get down on all fours on this great half-day tour. Your half-day lava caving adventure will end with a drop off in Reykjavik.
Pick up: The pick-up is at 08:00 am from our available pick-up points in Reykjavik. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes so your patience is greatly appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
Meet on location
If you prefer to meet us on location the tour begins at 09:30 am. Please be at Raufarholshellir Cave 20 minutes prior to departure. The tour is 1 hour in duration if you meet us on location.
Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are highly recommended.
What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent the necessary clothing in the booking process.
We recommend bringing gloves to wear inside the cave.
This tour is operated by a trusted partner.
Meet on location means travelling to the location of the tour yourself and then meeting our tour guides rather than being picked up and taken to the location.
This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.
Here you should wait for your guide.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.
After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).
Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.
We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.
The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.
Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.
We provide you with a headlight and a helmet.
Like always in Iceland, it’s best to dress in layers. Warm layers closest to you preferably wool/thermal underwear, pants sweater and on top waterproof outdoor clothing. We also recommend that you wear good hiking boots and gloves. Jeans have proven to be a bad choice.
“Lava Caving - really enjoyable!”
We went on the lava caving experience and found it brilliant! Our guide (Vicky) was amazing, full off all the information for the tour but also Iceland and Icelandic things in general! Lots of fun and great to see the inside of the lava tunnels. All in all a great trip! Only takes up a few hours of your day too so well worth it!
Review of: Small Group Lava Caving Experience From ReykjavikThanks, tour guide Michael. You were great. Nice short morning tour. Guide very accommodating, and looked out for the entire group. Very informative. You can tell that he cares about the history and preserving the cave and not just in it for the paycheck. I’m a 55 yo not-so-in-shape mid-life crisis person, but I was able to manage this tour. Not easy with the crawling and stooping, but I came through OK with only some sore muscles and some brused knee caps. It was ABSOLUTELY well worth it to see the cave. TIP: This is a circular route through the cave, so no feeling like you have to backtrack again to get out. Adventure and surprises at every turn.
Tour was excellent! Richard our guide was knowledgable, fun and all-around great. Highly recommend the lava tubes tour if you have a free 3-4 hours to burn in Reykjavik!