Vatnshellir Cave

Vatnshellir Cave, Snaefellsbaer: Hours, Address, Vatnshellir Cave Reviews: 4.5/5

Vatnshellir Cave
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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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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Emily G
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Family
My family of 5 (including 3 boys ages 13,11,8) all thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our guide was Yiannis and he was engaging and funny but made sure everyone was safe. He pointed out a lot of interesting things inside the cave and gave an informative explanation of how the cave and tubes formed. You are given a hardhat and flashlight to use. It’s chilly and damp so dress appropriately. Floor is very uneven and there are 2 spiral staircases you must ascend and descend. Left promptly at the appointed time and lasted around 45 minutes.
Written August 3, 2022
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Robbery
United States7 contributions
Truly and great experience. Very educational and fun to do but also a great respite from the Iceland cold and wind. Your tour time is VERY prompt and you need to be there 10 minutes early even if they don't tell you or tell you otherwise. The cave is amazingly intact with more mystery to it than other caves in Iceland. Some of it is still unexplored due to size constraints. The price is fair and it has a great location (even though it was planned by nature). If you're on the peninsula, go to this. Even if it's a day trip from Rek, it's worth it.
Written July 11, 2022
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Aleena Luisier
California73 contributions
A friend and I took a tour of Cave Vatnshellir with Summit Adventure Guides, and it was a fun way to spend some time on Snaefellsnes Peninsula! It was pretty cool to descend into a cave that has existed and been largely unchanged for 8,000 years.

Our guide told us about the creation of the cave and at one point had us turn off all our lights in the deepest section to experience the pure darkness underground. He had a great attitude and sense of humor.

When we were on Snaefellsnes we were experiencing some pretty awful weather and wind (it happened to be clear enough on the afternoon of our tour though so we were still able to make it). When we arrived at the tour, the first things the guides mentioned to us were the current weather advisories and road conditions. I'm so glad they brought it up and gave us advice; we ended up changing our plans to go north because of our chat with them and avoided a nasty blizzard and road closures. Hats off to them for looking out for visitors!
Written October 8, 2021
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Nick N
Mumbai, India27 contributions
Family
This review is for the company that does the tours. They have a monopoly on guiding people in the cave and suffer from all that entails. The guide was clearly bored with doing the same tour and lame jokes over and over again. Group size was 19 people with one guide single file through a cave. Basically zero safety discussion. Total zoo between tours with one group dropping off equipment and the other group gearing up. No office staff, just the guide trying to get everything done in the 15 minutes between tours. Cave itself was cool, but I would skip this if you have room in your itinerary to literally go to any other cave in Iceland instead.
Written July 10, 2021
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Beth M
15 contributions
Office staff and guide were knowledgeable and friendly. Having never been in a lava cave before (as opposed to a limestone cave - totally different), I learned a lot and was glad to have invested an hour to do this. The supplied equipment was all in good shape.
It is cold in the cave regardless of the day's weather. The path is a bit rough so hiking shoes are important. There are no restrooms at the cave due to lack of available ground water, plan accordingly. Website informative and booking was smooth.
Written June 30, 2022
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Michael K
17 contributions
Very cool and informative tour with an amazing and humbling descent downwards into the cave. Check in process is very straightforward in a small reception area on site.

While not as vibrant in colorations inside the cave as some other lava caves / tunnels I had visited during my time in Iceland, the downwards descent, narrow pathways and barely illuminated surroundings with just our flashlights to guide us were an authentic experience if of itself.
Written October 6, 2021
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Rachel T
17 contributions
Went on a tour of the Lava Tube. My family of 4 and another couple went on the tour with the guide. I've never been in a lava tube before, so I'm glad we went and got to have the experience. The tour guide talked really slow and was long-winded with silly fictional stories. I enjoyed hearing the facts and would enjoy a bit of whimsy, but the fictional stories were really long and boring.
Written February 22, 2020
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Christopher Fowler
214 contributions
Great tour of lava tube and caves, with supplied helmet and torch. Successfully turned up at the venue for an on the spot booking and guess that during early May this was likely. Our underground tour guide was very informative.
Written May 20, 2022
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2skidivers
Silverthorne, CO364 contributions
Having been in many other caves, we were disappointed. The Lava Tube was relatively short and had practically no cave formations. Most of the 45 minute tour was spent going up and down the steel spiral stairways. There were no bathrooms at the site. It was not worth the cost of admission.
Written August 17, 2021
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Nina K
Viborg, Denmark15 contributions
This tour is a must if you come to this area. We went for the 45 min tour with a guide. Because of Covid-19 we did not book in advance (I think it is normally a popular tour, so booking in advance is recommended). We just met up at the cave. Tours two times a day: 13:00 and 14:00. It was a very informative and thrilling tour. Our guide was very good, telling stories about the cave. At one point we were asked to turn of all light and just stand in the cave and hear the dripping and experience the total darkness. Very cool!
Written September 10, 2020
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