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From Lake Mývatn: Lofthellir Ice Cave Exploration Tour

Product ID: 106420
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Experience a mysterious world of ice and darkness on a caving tour of Lofthellir Cave near Lake Mývatn. Journey through a rugged landscape, and then enter a natural lava cave that boasts the greatest natural ice sculptures known in Iceland.
About this activity
Duration 5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide

Pick-up service

Pick-up available from hotels in Reykjahlíð town for the morning tours. Pick-up not available for the 15:00 tour.
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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  • See the Lúdentarborgir crater row
  • Hike across a lava field
  • Enter Lofthellir Cave and observe the natural ice sculptures
  • Explore the volcanic outback of Lake Mývatn
Full description
Benefit from pick-up from your hotel in Reykjahlíð (not available for the 15:00 tours) or make your own way to Lake Mývatn Information Centre to take a guided tour of the natural lava grotto of Lofthellir Cave.

From the Lake Mývatn area, drive along a rugged track to the unique Hverfell volcano. Pass through the crater row of Lúdentarborgir to the roots of Mount Hvannfell. Hike for 30 minutes across a field adorned by endless lava. Upon arrival at Lofthellir Cave, enter a mystical world of ice and darkness as you explore the natural formation for approximately 1 hour.

Discover the greatest natural ice sculptures currently known in Iceland, and observe the unbelievable phenomenon of your surroundings.
  • Fully guided tour
  • Transportation
  • Cave exploring equipment (helmet, headlight and studded boots)
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks

When you get there

Know before you go
• This tour is not suitable for young children, people with claustrophobia or those who are not in reasonable physical condition
• To reach the cave requires a 30-minute hike across a relatively smooth lava field
• The short entry (approximately 1.5 meters) into the cave is narrow. Guests will need to crawl on their hands and knees to enter
• There is ice and water on the floor of the cave and the interior temperature is around 0°Celsius
• Due to weather and/or road conditions, the journey time may be longer or the tour may be cancelled
• It is recommended that you bring warm and waterproof clothing, gloves, good walking shoes and a water bottle