A tour into Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel is a fascinating experience into one of the longest and most beautiful lava caves in Iceland. Only about half an hour from Reykjavik, the Lava Tunnel has just recently been reopened and made more accessible for visitors, with guided tours.
The Lava Tunnel is the 4th longest cave in Iceland, it is about 1360m long and it is easily accessible now thanks to a walking path, part of which was built for the making of the movie Noah, with Russel Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins. The tunnel is accessible all year round but it looks different in the winter, when ice sculptures form near the entrance, making the lava tunnel look even more magical and spectacular.
The Lava Tunnel Experience.
I visited the tunnel twice, once in December and once a few days ago and I loved it both times.
Once there, our guide gave us safety helmets and flashlights (and ice cleats for your shoes if it is icy and slippery in the winter) before starting our one hour tour.
During the tour, our very experienced guide, explained that the lava cave was formed more than 5000 years ago during the Leitahraun eruption, which occurred east of the Bláfjöll mountains. She told us many things about how the cave formed, about Iceland’s geology and Iceland’s volcanic history.
There is lighting inside the cave, to make it easier for everyone to walk and see the magnificent colors caused by the minerals in the rocks, and there are various platforms where we often stopped to admire the cave and take pictures. I don’t want to spoil the fun, but at some point of the tour we were able to experience the lava cave as it used to be years ago, before it was even discovered, and there is a “selfie point” where you can get your picture taken with the cave showing its most magnificent colors in the background.
Guided tours depart everyday from 10 am to 5 pm on the hour. Both times, I joined the standard one hour tour, but, for those seeking even more adventure, they also offer an extreme 4 hour tour which takes you deeper into the cave, to the end of the tunnel.
How to visit Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel.
You can visit Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel on our Lava Tunnel, Reykjanes Peninsula and Blue Lagoon Combo Tour or you can add the Lava Tunnel to our customized private tours.
A tour into the Lava Tunnel is a great opportunity to easily explore the wonders hidden underneath Iceland’s surface and experience the powerful forces of nature in Iceland. It is a really nice tour I would recommend taking if you want to know about Iceland’s geology and live an exciting adventure.
Text: Elisa Maccagnoni -Iceland Premium Tours