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The Lava Tunnel - Standard Lava Tunnel Tour - Raufarhólshellir

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  • 1 hour (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Explore Raufarhólshellir, one of the longest lava tunnels in Iceland, with ease on this stress-free tour. With a helmet and headlamp, see some of the tunnel’s most interesting features and learn about the changing colors of the lava rock formations from a guide. The tour departs regularly, making it easy to slot this tour into even the busiest sightseeing schedule.
  • Tour of Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel
  • Choose departure time to suit your schedule
  • Group-tour is limited to 30 people so you get personalized attention
  • Learn about rock formations, volcanic activity, and ice sculptures
  • Headlamp and helmet included

What's Included

  • Helmets
  • Lights
  • Professional guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Raufarhólshellir
    816, Iceland

    The tunnel is very easily accessed about 30 minutes drive from Reykjavik. Head east on road no. 1 and drive for about 18 km. Turn right onto road no. 39 (Þorlákshöfn) and drive for another 12 km. You will see our service building and parking lot on the left (if coming from Reykjavik).

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommend for children under the age of 3
  • Not recommended for people with back, knee or other health issues
  • Sturdy shoes are important and it is recommend that you bring rain coat / jacket.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Bathrooms are available on location.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during The Lava Tunnel - Standard Lava Tunnel Tour - Raufarhólshellir?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Q:What is the social distancing policy during The Lava Tunnel - Standard Lava Tunnel Tour - Raufarhólshellir?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Lava Tunnel - Standard Lava Tunnel Tour - Raufarhólshellir?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips

If you have trouble walking on uneven surfaces please heed their advice and don’t go!
887 reviews
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Short informative tour left me craving more
Kellia_G, Nov 2022
It was a short but very cool tour! The guide was great and it was neat to understand the history and information about lava tunnels. May consider doing the longer tour if I return to the country.
Nature is amazing
Daniela_M, Oct 2022
Such a wonderful experience to be able to walk through a Lava cave. Our tour guide Eno or Enu ( not sure of spelling) was great he was very knowledgeable about the cave stopping along the way to share information and answer our questions. You can’t go into a lava cave without a guide so if you want to experience one without having to crawl in the dark this is def a great choice.
Judy_H, Sep 2022
Lava tour was awesome. It was amazing to be walking through a lava tube. Very informative. I wouldn’t recommend if you have any problems walking. Walking over rocky paths. Beautiful to see and I would recommend this tour.
Awesome experience you don’t want to miss
Matheus_F, Sep 2022
Really awesome experience. We did the one hour tour and had plenty of time to explore the tunnel and take pictures. Guide was really great and funny. Highly recommend
Informative and hilarious guide
Neda_E, Sep 2022
Our guide, his name was too long, but asked us to call him the “greatest guide in Iceland”. The best sense of humor and very knowledgeable. What a cool experience. Close to Reykjavik and a quick tour for a limited time.
Good experience
Elaine_R, Aug 2022
The cave was so cool! Tour guide was informative and learned a lot! Wish we could go further into the cave
Jessica_P, Aug 2022
Great guide, funny, informative and an easy tour. I wish we’d gotten the harder one but this was still nice.
Worth it!
Kylie_I, Aug 2022
Fantastic tour - we just did the 1-hour excursion and it was fantastic. Dimitri was a knowledgeable, safe and humorous guide. A very memorable experience and one of our favorites so far!
Great experience!
Jennifer_W, Aug 2022
Our guide was awesome. Really brought the cave to life with stories of how it formed. Very informative, really pretty and our kids also enjoyed. Highly recommend!
We enjoyed the tour. Our...
Paula_C, Jul 2022
We enjoyed the tour. Our guide was fun and knowledgeable. The colors a beautiful. It's cold and slippery, wear appropriate clothing.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Leisurely stroll for some impressive views inside a lava tunnel
Jason_K, Jul 2022
A nice, leisurely walk into a volcanic tunnel. Hiking boots and jackets/beanies/gloves are advised cuz there are uneven surfaces and it's cold, but otherwise the packing is pretty relaxed with such a large group going together.
Beautiful Lave Caves
Marieanne_E, Jul 2022
Amazing tunnel, fantastic guide, both knowledgeable and funny. Well worth the trip. Would highly recommend :)
The cave was stunning...
Elisabeth_C, Jul 2022
The cave was stunning (the ice, the unique wall formations), but what really made the tour was our guide. My kids learned without thinking they were learning because he was so entertaining! I highly recommend.
The guide was fabulous,...
Marsha_W, Jul 2022
The guide was fabulous, knowledgeable and engaging. She answered questions well. We enjoyed our visit.
The Lava Tunnel was truly...
Susan_M, Jun 2022
The Lava Tunnel was truly one of God's great creations. The force of His created nature is phenomenal.
Great experience!
CheukYin_W, May 2022
The guide was very friendly. We were lucky to have nice weather and thus the sunlight going through the „skylight“ was fantastic to see.
Really fun tour
Dino_B, May 2022
The tour was really interesting, the tunnel looks great and Jona the guide was amazing (and funny)! There are a lot of opportunities to take great pictures as well. Just take care that it's around 4°C there, so dress well.
Amazing lava tunnel!
Karen_W, Mar 2022
Our tour guide was amazing - totally hilarious. Called himself Frodo and he really made this one of the most hilarious and funny guided tour experiences ever. Highly recommend the Lava tunnel - it was surreal being inside and seeing the amazing formations!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Gorgeous lava tunnel with icicles from top to bottom.
Sajani_P, Feb 2022
This was a lovely stop. The center is warm and the staff is nice. They walked us outside to the tunnel entrance and it was magical. Loved the entire 1 hour experience. Highly recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
We had a great experience...
Samantha_N, Feb 2022
We had a great experience at the lava tunnel. An excellent guide Dimi that had excellent knowledge of the history of the tunnel. Made extra special with the recent snowfall. Very safe and got some beautiful pictures. The journey home in the storm was pretty intense though. Would definately visit again


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