4 - 5 Hours
The Lofthellir Ice Cave and Lava Tube Tour takes you on a journey of the volcanic underworld of the Lake Mývatn area. Lofthellir is a permafrost ice cave, and lava tube. There you can see incredible ice formations, some of which are hundreds of years old.
After meeting up with your guide by Lake Mývatn, you will drive along rugged tracks towards Lofthellir. You will drive past the Mt. Hverfjall volcano and along the Lúdentarborgir crater row. The drive takes you to Mt. Hvannfell where you will start a 30-minute hike across the lava fields. During the hike, your guide will tell you more about the area and its unique geology. Once you reach the Lofthellir cave, you will gear up in safety equipment. You’ll also get a headlamp and studded boots so that you can walk around more comfortably inside the ice cave.
Once inside the cave, you will travel slowly in a single line with your guide. He will guide you through the cave and help you move around safely. The entrance is the most narrow point of the cave, and here you will need to crawl through. The cave is 370 meters long and as you get deeper into it, the cave gets bigger. Once you have entered Lofthellir you will go on a journey of fire and ice. You will see amazing ice sculptures and get plenty of time to take some amazing photos. You will also learn more about the cave and it’s environment.
Please note that this tour is not recommended for those with claustrophobia. Please see this tour’s FAQ for more information about the tour.
This tour is not suitable for those with claustrophobia or others who are uncomfortable with being in tight spaces.
The tour is not suitable for young children, the age limit for this our is 8 years old.
To participate in this tour you need to have a reasonable level of fitness. On this tour, you will hike for about 30 minutes each way. The trail is mostly on level ground but it can be uneven. To get into the cave you will need to crawl through some tight areas.
The meeting point for this tour is by the Mývatn Information Centre in Reykjahlíð.
No, this tour is meet-on-location only.
Yes, the age limit for this tour is 2 years old.
This tour is led by professional, expert guides who know the area well and are there to safely guide you through the cave. As with all tours, there is always some risk of accidents or injury. We recommend that all guests that are traveling to Iceland buy a comprehensive travel insurance before their trip.
Safety always comes first, therefore the operator of this tour reserves the right to cancel the tour if conditions are not right. In case of cancellations, you will be offered to go on another tour, if possible, or get a full refund.
The temperature inside the cave is about 0°C so you will want to dress in warm clothing. The cave can also get wet so you will want to wear waterproof pants and jacket/coat. We also recommend a warm hat and gloves.
If the tour is canceled due to weather or other unforeseeable circumstances, we will offer you to re-schedule our tour. If you are unable to re-schedule, you will get a full refund.
Reservations can be canceled 7 days prior to departure for a 90% refund.
If you cancel the tour 3-6 days prior to departure you will receive a 50% refund.
Cancellations received less than 3 days prior to departure are non-refundable.
Cancellations must be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be mindful of possible time zone differences. Iceland is in the GMT time zone and cancellations must be submitted at least 3 days before departure in Icelandic local time (GMT).
If you do need to cancel your tour, we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible.
Meeting point for the Lofthellir Ice Cave & Lava Tube Tour:
The meeting point for this tour is at the Mývatn Information Centre in Reykjahlíð.
It takes about 1,5 hours to drive to the meeting point from Akureyri. From Egilsstaðir, the drive will take you about 2 hours. From the town of Húsavík, it takes about 45 minutes.
Please note that you must be on location 20 minutes before the start of the tour.