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The Lava Tunnel

Reykjavik, Iceland
About The Lava Tunnel
Explore the magnificent Lava Tunnel, or cave Raufarholshellir, one of the longest and best-known lava tubes in Iceland. It is located just 35 minutes from Reykjavik and is easily accessed year round. A journey into The Lava Tunnel is a unique experience and a great opportunity to witness the inner workings of a volcanic eruption as one walks in the path of lava that flowed 5.200 years ago. Get to explore the tunnel in an easy and enjoyable manner on our standard tour. The tunnel itself is a natural wonder, therefore the terrain is not easily accessible. To help our guests navigate through it, we have installed a foot bridge and lighting rigs into the rock bed. The lights illuminate the cave, further enhancing the experience and highlighting the ever-changing colors, landscape and geological formations inside the cave.
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The Lava Tunnel - Standard Lava Tunnel Tour - Raufarhólshellir

Guarantee your desired time slot by booking a tour of the Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel in advance. With a guide and provided equipment, marvel at the changing colors of the lava rock formations while walking in the path of lava that flowed during the Leitahraun eruption. Plus, discover historical info that you may otherwise have missed out on.
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1 hour
from $61.47
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Stuart T wrote a review Sep 16
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I’ve been to Iceland many times and this is the most unique and exciting experience I’ve ever had there! Great tour guides, amazing history, close to Reykjavík, a must see in Iceland!
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Date of experience: August 2021
Naomi A wrote a review Sep 15
Chicago, Illinois1 contribution
Our tour guide Dora was very friendly and knowledgeable! My friend and I enjoyed our lava tunnel tour with her. It’s an overall cool thing to see if you don’t have a lot of time but want to know some amazing things about a lava tunnel, this is the tour for you! Easy walk down with helmets and walking sticks if needed. I recommend!
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Joe Dan J wrote a review Sep 13
Arrington, Virginia6 contributions2 helpful votes
This is a relatively low priced tour of a lava tunnel just about 30 minutes drive from Reykjavik. Our guide was wonderful, talented and very, very informative. My wife and I both enjoyed the tour and the great atmosphere our guide created. My advice, make time and take the tour.
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Date of experience: September 2021
Sarah O wrote a review Sep 13
McHenry, Illinois10 contributions5 helpful votes
We visited the Lava Tunnel on 9/10/21. Our tour guide (Yona?) was very knowledgeable, funny, and gave great information on how the tunnel was formed. Loved the part on the bridge where she turned out all the lights and we could just be still and experience the sounds of the tunnel. We found the trek through the tunnel slightly challenging - the rocks aren't all stable and you do need to be careful with your footing.
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Date of experience: September 2021
pappasjim wrote a review Sep 12
Nashua, New Hampshire22 contributions3 helpful votes
This was an amazing tour. The tunnel is much larger than I expected which was awe inspiring. The walk through the tunnel is very easy but it does get chilly after a while (early September) so dress appropriately, as they recommend. The guide was very informative and spoke clearly. Our tour was in English. The only negative is the pick up at the bus stop in Reykjavik was troublesome. We were not picked up by a tour-specific van; the van seemed to be picking up anybody going to the BSI bus terminal which is where the actual tour departs from. So, we actually "missed" the pick up on the day we were supposed to go. The company was very good about giving us a slot on the next day's tour. Just ask the van driver specifically if he will take you for this tour and you should be OK.
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Date of experience: September 2021