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The Lava Tunnel

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Explore the magnificent Lava Tunnel, 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...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Route 39, Reykjavik, Iceland
+354 760 1000
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Reviewed today via mobile

Super guide with super sense of humour and the views are wonderful. The landscape is extraordinary. And worth the hike out of Reykjavík.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank PadiP
Reviewed today

My husband and squeezed the Lava Tunnel tour in before our evening flight, and were very glad we did. It's a short round trip of 3 hours which includes pick-up and the tour itself. After getting our hard hat and crampons we headed into the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank muller85
Reviewed 2 days ago

You are outfitted with helmet and head lamps...travel down a metal walkway through the lava tunnel...all kinds of crystal formations...you really get the idea of lava streaming through the tube and appreciate the magnitude of the experience. The guide is very helpful and tells all...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank tcinbirmans
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We did the standard tour which was about an hour. Our tour guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable. The walk into the cave was fairly easy with the guide providing great facts along the way. It was interesting experiencing absolute darkness and seeing all of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank C M
Reviewed 1 week ago

this is exactly as described, get a hard hat and walk along a lava tunnel. dripping water, interesting rock colours, clambering up and down. not a hard walk but does suit fairly active people. the guide was informative and interesting. nice to have a short...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank pault11_13
Reviewed 1 week ago

This tour is very short, it lasts about an hour but the only reason it lasts that long is because the tour guide stops a few times to explain how the cave was formed. It is quite interesting because of the strange formations and the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ScooseBloo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the one hour group tour, and it was so fun! Our tour guide was amazing and hysterical. We had a group of kids in the groups who kept asking questions which provided him even MORE great materials. Seriously I wanted to keep him...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank pluierouge
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved our guide! She was funny and so knowledgable! The tour itself was a bit slower and shorter than expected. Our teenagers could have moved at a faster pace and gone a big further in an hour. But we did know it was listed...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Swannsway
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like caves and underground adventures, this is the place for you. The colors and eeriness of the tunnel are only multiplied by the images of hot lava having fought its way through a solid rock...

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank giia38
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great experience for the price, the cave is bigger than expected and the tour guides are great. Lava tunnel is located about about 30-45 minutes away from Reykjavik, depends on traffic ofcourse.

Date of experience: November 2018
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January 24, 2018|
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Response from Dragonkillers | Reviewed this property |
Not by yourself at Raufarholshellir. Bit of local backlash as most tunnels are on National land and freely open. This one is on private land. After years of non-management the owners sealed it off, cleared out all the... More
December 21, 2017|
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Response from Ken R | Reviewed this property |
The tour I was on would been fine, there was a lot of room in the caves and no small spaces.
October 25, 2017|
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Response from TieKing | Reviewed this property |
We did this with a tour that left from Reykjavik. You can book it from the Lava Tunnel website or Reykjavik Excursions. We used the latter and it was easy.