Iceland is full of curiosities, and the Lava Tunnel is for sure one of them. It is considered one of the longest lava tubes in Iceland with a total length of 1360m and 10m high. The main tunnel where the tours take place is about 900m, making most of the tunnel accessible for people.

But, what is a lava tunnel or tube exactly?

It all starts with an eruption of a volcano, as it happened about 5200 years ago in Bláfjöll, the Blue Mountains, with the Leitahraun volcano. When a volcano erupts, it creates a lava path where the lava is continuously flowing. After days of air exposure, the lava from the top and bottom begins to cool down forming a hard crust. As the lava supply wears out due to no more volcanic activity, the molten lava in between drains out leaving a hollow tube.

Raufarhólshellir, this lava tunnel formed, is a unique artwork of a volcanic eruption produced by the forces of nature. You can easily see the lava formations once you are inside, and even see different colors like red and blue with the reflection of light on the rock formations.

The Lava Tunnel Raufarhólshellir is located only 30 minutes from the capital area and can be accessed all year round. Raufarhóll ehf. Shareholders created the following tours for people to have the best experience of nature in Iceland. Here we share with you the different options.

What to wear?

The team will give you the necessary gear: helmets, light, and gloves. For the Extreme Tour, crampons will be provided if needed.

Be sure to use proper clothing for freezing temperatures. The inside of the cave is very cold, and also shoes should be good for hiking.

Interested in The Lava Tunnel Tours? Book yours now!

Reykjavik Attractions
Reykjavik Attractions