Lava Caves Tickets & Tours

Ready to go underground? Iceland’s lava caving tours are world famous, drawing both professional and amateur speleologists from around the globe. An adventure in the true sense of the word, lava caving in Iceland demands both physically fit and properly equipped participants. Once inside, you’ll go where very few people have gone before. Ancient caves and tunnels formed by lava flows occurring thousands of years ago provide a surreal backdrop during your Icelandic lava caving tour. You’ll see stalagmites, stalactites, igneous rock formations, and more! If you are an extreme sports enthusiast, then lava caving is what to do in Iceland!

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Our tips for Lava Caves

  • Bet your boots. During your Icelandic lava caving trip, you’ll find some of the surfaces to be quite slippery. Wear protective, waterproof boots with proper grip or you might be sliding around!
  • Due diligence. All lava caving tour guides provide helmets. But, some even provide rubber pants and crampons. If you research what each tour provides, you’ll be rewarded later.
  • Down and dirty. It doesn’t matter how much equipment you have or what kind of clothes you wear. You will get dirty! Mentally prepare yourself ahead of time!

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Best time to visit
Lava caving in Iceland is available year-round. However, the best time for your Icelandic lava caving trip is in July and August. These two months see the warmest temperatures, the least amount of rain, and the most daylight. However, if you’d like to see the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, then come February to March or September to October, especially during the equinoxes. Winter is understandably frigid; but, it is also the best time to see some impressive ice formations while lava caving in Iceland. So, bring your thermals and a sense of humor!
Getting there
Almost everyone planning an Icelandic lava caving tour flies into Reykjavík-Keflavík International Airport. If you’ve made it that far, you don’t have to worry about getting to the lava caves. Only highly experienced lava cavers venture out on their own. You, however, will almost certainly participate in a guided tour. And, nearly every lava caving tour in Iceland includes hotel pickup and drop-off. So, sit back, relax, and watch your tour guide dig through the ice and snow to find the entrance to the lava caves.
Money saving tips
Predictably, lava caving involves squeezing through some tight spaces and walking while bent at the waist. People who are very tall, overweight, or suffering from back issues may wish to stay back and let the rest of the group go ahead. This is also true for claustrophobics. But, that’s ok! There are plenty of amazing activities in Iceland that aren’t as demanding as lava caving!
Did you know?
Act like a professor of speleology by recounting some Icelandic lava caving facts.
  • Approximately one mile in length, Surtshellir is the longest cave in Iceland.
  • What do you call a lava formation that looks like an icicle? A lavacicle.
  • The largest section of the Víðgelmir lava tube is 15.8 meters high and 16.5 meters wide, making it the largest such cave in the country.
  • Lave caves often exhibit steps on either side. These steps mark the height at which lava flowed during different periods of time.

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