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Cave Vatnshellir

Snaefellsbaer, Iceland
+354 665 2818
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Follow the path of the lava flow, about 200 meters into the cave and 35 meters below the surface to see amazing colors and lava formations. The 8000 years old cave is located in Snaefellsjokull National Park, about 10 minute drive from Hellnar.
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  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“lava tube” (50 reviews)
“total darkness” (13 reviews)
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Snaefellsbaer, Iceland
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"lava tube"
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"spiral staircase"
in 18 reviews
"total darkness"
in 13 reviews
"great guide"
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"every hour"
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"guided tour"
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"cool experience"
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"national park"
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"minute tour"
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"hard hats"
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"experience complete"
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"scared of heights"
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"fun tour"
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"two weeks"
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"water dripping"
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"worth seeing"
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"lava formations"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Vatnshellir Cave tour was excellent. The guide was very knowledgeable about explaining how the lava tube was formed and the origin of different kinds of rock formations within the tube. The size of the tube itself is impressive and the full tour took almost...More

Thank Brian_P3027
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great guide (his name was Andy) who led us into the cave. You are outfitted with a helmet (bring a hat because the helmet is a bit wet because the cave ceiling drips from moisture) and a flashlight (as there is no...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This cave is an 8000 year old lava tube created by volcanic eruption from a nearby crater. The tour gives you helmets & a much needed flashlight. You descend into the cave and as you do, the wonderful guide points out various formations all around...More

Thank jms2222
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

... but not really outstanding as far as cave exploring goes. The guides are really nice, the tour is entertaining. I would not recommend it for children younger than 5. The cave is cold, so you really need winter clothes.

Thank liza090
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely exceeded expectations. . Really amazing to see and informative at the same time. Great for a quick stop!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was very cool to be able to go down into this cave, or lava tube. To go down it looks like something from Dr. Who! Your guide opens the door and down a spiral staircase about 40 steps. It is pitch black down there....More

Thank suzabella60
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Vatinshellir was one of the many highlights of our trip. It’s advertised as a journey towards the center of the earth. About 30m I think. It’s a start. We were there 20 minutes before our tour and had to wait before we were issued our...More

Thank BadgerCT
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is work in progress, the parking lot and other facilities will be larger soon. We were circumnavigating Iceland and enjoyed the excursions into the interior. If you are in the area it is a must see in order to learn about lava tubes.

Thank Dogrose17
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Reviewed July 10, 2018

Perhaps I've been spoiled by some truly amazing caves, but I wasn't too impressed with this one. It was neat to experience the cave interiors that were formed by lava flows but it was pitch dark inside so you couldn't really see much unless the...More

Thank erin464
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Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

We learned about lava tubes, the only way to see the lava caves at the National Park is to take the tour.

Thank JFSD
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OregonDoglady
May 21, 2018|
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Response from sherylselivanoff | Reviewed this property |
We didn’t schedule our tour in advance. We arrived later afternoon and drove to the tour location and they put us on the next tour. We waited about an hour for that tour. We were there beginning of August last year.
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FLGirl006
February 6, 2017|
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Response from Chiucheong | Reviewed this property |
We actually did a walk-in, no hassle just pay and get your receipt and wait for the next tour to start. We went during winter time so I was wondering if the crowd would be different when you are there. I did find a number... More
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goulaisgirl
May 15, 2016|
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Response from jonesemi | Reviewed this property |
I would say no concern for asthma, but the stairs are steep and winding - it was a bit hard to get inside (we went when the entrance was covered with snow in January). We had to crawl a bit, but I think in the summer - you... More
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