Guided tour

From Reykjavik: Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel by Bus

Activity provider: Reykjavik Excursions
Guided tour

From Reykjavik: Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel by Bus

Activity provider: Reykjavik Excursions
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From US$ 96.80 per person

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Explore the inner workings of a volcanic eruption on a bus trip to the Raufarhólshellir lava tube. Walk in the path of lava flow from the eruption of Leitahraun about 5,200 years ago. Experience a sensory adventure as you marvel at the colors and more.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Explore the magnificent Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel
  • Feel the force of nature like never before
  • Marvel at the range of colors in the lava tube
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Feel the thrill of discovering the unique rock formations in the Raufarhólshellir lava tube on a guided tour. Venture into the cave with a high-quality flashlight and helmet. Stay connected during your trip with complimentary WiFi on the climate-controlled bus from Reykjavik to the cave.

Journey by bus from Reykjavik to the Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel about 30 minutes from the capital. Upon arrival, explore one of the largest lava tubes in Iceland, where the ceiling has caved in near the entrance to create beautiful columns of light. 

Marvel at the fantastic range of colors in the tunnel wall caused by different mineral types in the rock. Go on a sensory journey as you hear the cave "talk" and feel the forces of nature like never before.

Step out of your comfort zone at a site so extraordinary it was selected as a filming location for the Hollywood movie "Noah" starring Anthony Hopkins.

  • Bus fare
  • Guided 1-hour cave tour
  • Flashlight
  • Protective helmet
  • Free Wi-Fi on board the bus
  • Food and drinks
  • Pickup from hotel

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Meeting point

BSI Bus Terminal. Please be ready at the BSI Bus Terminal 15 minutes prior to the departure time.

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  • Please dress warmly and wear sturdy footwear
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Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 210 reviews

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We enjoyed this tour. The guide in the cave was friendly and knowledgeable, mixing interesting facts about the geology with humor. We appreciated the safety equipment (crampons for traction on the wet, slippery cave floor and a helmet with built-in flashlight). We were rushed by our bus driver, though, who insisted we return to the bus immediately after the tour because he had to make other routes, despite the tour guide's suggestion that we linger in the cave for photos. We had zero minutes to do that because of the bus driver. (He did seem to drive safely in winter conditions, though.) Visitors walk partly on steel walkways and partly on wet, uneven stones. Persons with mobility issues might struggle a bit. No canes or walkers allowed. Other than the small opening, the cave itself is pretty big, so persons with mild claustrophobia might be o.k. here.

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March 23, 2023

We had an evening flight home so wanted to do something short and sweet on the last day so booked onto the short Lava Tunnel trip. The shorter trip was a brilliant and informative Introduction to the cave and the tour guide was fantastic. A great trip to finish off our holiday in Iceland

March 23, 2023

Absolutely fascinating tour inside a beautiful cave! The guide shared lots of fascinating insights into the history and formation of the cave with plenty of stops along the route for information and photos. All the instructions and directions were clear to follow. The path was very uneven underfoot at times but well worth navigating to see the spectacular cave. The transfers from Reykjavik BSI were very easy to locate too,

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March 23, 2023

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