Lava Tunnel Tour at Raufarholshellir – meet on location

Explore the Lava Tunnel, known to Icelanders as Raufarholshellir, a cave formed by a volcanic eruption 5,200 years ago

Embark on a captivating journey through the mesmerizing Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel, renowned as one of Iceland’s most extensive and celebrated lava tubes. Situated a mere 30-minute drive from Reykjavík, this geological wonder welcomes adventurers year-round.

As you delve into the tunnel’s depths, you’ll encounter a rugged terrain strewn with substantial rocks, posing a formidable challenge to traverse. To facilitate exploration, purpose-built pathways and a footbridge have been meticulously crafted, ensuring ease of access during your Lava Tunnel Tour.

Marvel at the astonishing illumination within this section of the tunnel, designed to accentuate the ever-shifting hues and vividly showcase the remarkable seismic forces that forged this captivating subterranean marvel. With each step, you’ll witness the enduring legacy of powerful geological activity that shaped this remarkable underground world.

This tour is operated by The Lava Tunnel.
Starting point
1 hour
Not included
Minimum age
2 years
Qualified, energetic and fun guides for the best adventure!
We take immense pride in our exceptional team of local guides who are professionals, experts, and friendly. Their goal is to make your tour unforgettable.

Tour highlights & itinerary

This is what awaits you
What's included & excluded
  • Guided tour, helmets, lights, crampons (if needed)
  • Operation dates: All year around
  • Tour departures: Every hour on the hour (from 09 to 17o´clock)
  • Duration: 50 - 60 minutes
  • Fitness level needed: For most people although we do not recommend to those that have difficulties with balance, difficulties walking on uneven surface (such as snow) or difficulties walking up or down steep stairs.
  • Pick-up and drop-off
What do I need to bring
  • Warm clothes and sturdy shoes
Important information
  • Cancellation policy: Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure
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by Cynthia
Sigurjon was our guide and he was extremely knowledgeable and shared his passion and love for Iceland and for Icelandic music with us, and by the end of the tour he had made us his family. The places ... Read more
by Cynthia
Sigurjon was our tour guide and he was extremely knowledgeable and fun. He shared his passion for music and for Iceland with us, and by the end of the journey we were like a family, all discovering Ic... Read more
by Régis & Nathalie
Due to many late cancellations, we were only 3 of us on this tour. Many thanks to BusTravel Iceland for having maintained this excursion and to Runar and Gisli who properly made our day. The spots are... Read more
by Helen
The tour is very well-paced, and although you see a lot on the tour you do not feel that you are being rushed from one place to the next. There were good facilities (toilets, food) at most of the plac... Read more
by Lorenzo Verdelli
Everything in this tour was amazing. From the easy to find bus stop, to the perfect timing of the driver, the guide, the tour itself, ecc... My guide was "Baggy" and the driver "Albert" and they both ... Read more
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