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Lofthellir Ice Cave from Akureyri or Myvatn

An Underground World of Ice Wonders

The 3500-year-old lava cave is a world of ice and darkness, located in the northeastern part of Iceland near Lake Myvatn.

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This incredible tour will take you on a subterranean adventure to the icy depths of the Lofthellir Ice Cave, renowned for its many amazing ice sculptures gorgeous and vibrant colors that have led it to be considered the most beautiful in all of Iceland. That coupled with the visit to the iconic Goðafoss Waterfall (Waterfall of the Gods) and the glorious landscape that surrounds Lake Mývatn, ensures that it is an awe-inspiring experience that all visitors are sure to enjoy. If you want to see some of the defining features of the land of fire and ice, then this may just be the tour for you!

  • Availability

    May. - Oct.

  • Duration

    4-5 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    8 Years

  • Departs from

    Akureyri / Myvatn

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    17.900 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Cave Lofthellir
Lava Field Hike
Lúdentarborgir Crater Row
Natural Ice Sculptures
The Volcanic Outback by Lake Mývatn
Myvatn
Lava Cave
Explore the Underworld
Hverfjall Volcano (view)
Mt. Hvannfell
Included
Fully Guided Tour
English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
Transportation
Cave Exploration
Helmet, Headlight & Studded Boots

Our adventure begins when we collect you from Akureyri and make the scenic drive to Lake Mývatn, a stunning geothermal lake that has been used as a set on HBO’s iconic Game of Thrones Series. We will stop off at the Goðafoss Waterfall (waterfall of the gods) along the way, which gets its name from an event in around 1000 AD, when the Lawspeaker of the Icelandic parliament cast his pagan idols into its violent cascade and converted to Christianity. This combined with it wide cascade, which tumbles over a volcanic cliff face into the river below, makes it a sublime waterfall that everyone is sure to appreciate. Our friendly guide will tell us all about its fascinating story and show us the best place to snap a picture before we continue our journey to Lake Mývatn.

Once we arrive at Lake Mývatn you are sure to be impressed by its beauty: a sapphire blue volcanic lake, dotted with luscious green islands and set in a rugged volcanic landscape. From there we will proceed along a mountain track past the one-of-a-kind Hverfjall Volcano and pass the Lúdentsborgir Crater that was hewn into the earth by its vicious rage, where we will pause for a stunning vista over the lake. By then we will be nearing the foothills of Mt. Hvannfell, where we will get out of the jeep and make a short 20/30-minute hike across a stunning lava field to the iconic Lofthellir Ice Cave and descend into an underground world replete with mesmerizing ice sculptures and vibrant colors that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end.

As we begin our descent into this natural wonder, the surroundings will start to change, and we will suddenly see awe-inspiring icicles that have formed over thousands of years. They have been formed by water dripping down the cave and then freezing, creating a sublime effect that will leave you breathless. Each tour is limited to just 10 people, ensuring that you can enjoy all the magic that this spectacular ice cave has to offer in all of its profound beauty. The multicolored rock that lies behind the ice sculptures dyes them vibrant shades of purple, pink, green and blue, meaning that they glint like gems crafted by the world’s finest architect. We will spend an hour in this subterranean wonder, before heading back to the surface after a day filled with some of the most beautiful things that you have ever seen.


Meet on location

Lake Myvatn meeting point: Tourist Information Center. Please show up at least 15 minutes before departure. See available departure times in the booking engine.


Practical Information

Bring with you: Warm and waterproof clothing, gloves, good walking shoes, water bottle.

 

Please note

Not included: Meals / refreshments.

Difficulty: This tour is not suitable for young children, people with claustrophobia or people that are not in reasonable physical condition. To reach the cave is a 30 minute hike across a relatively smooth lava field. The short entry (approx. 1,5m) into the cave is narrow and guests need to crawl on all fours to enter.

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick-up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

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.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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 Special Tours, has been a favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). 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 (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). 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.

Do I need an insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures trip?

We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

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.

How do I get to Reykjavik from Keflavík International Airport?

The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.

These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:

Airport Shuttle

The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.

Book your airport transfer in Iceland.

Taxi

The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is tho always more expensive than the airport shuttle.  


For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.

How is the weather/climate in Iceland?

There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically, Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.

If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection from the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.

How is internet access like in Iceland?

Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles have free Wi-Fi.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

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.

Should I bring mosquito repellent when traveling to Iceland?

Here is the plus side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So, to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant.

Will we have plenty of time in the cave?

We have several ice cave tours, for example, Snowmobile & Ice Cave, Crystal Ice Cave and Into the glacier. The length of time spent in the ice cave varies with each tour and can be from 15-45 minutes approximately. However, there will always be enough time for you to explore the cave and take photographs.

Does the ice cave always look exactly the same?

Ice caves are an ever-changing natural phenomena that are only accessible during winter when the temperature drops well below zero so the water from the rivers that run underneath the glacier freezes and leaves us with this phenomena to explore. Each year new caves are formed in different locations. We will visit one naturally formed ice cave during this tour and the cave we visit is chosen based on conditions and safety each time.

Disclaimer
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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