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The best lava cave on Snæfellsnes Peninsula
✅ Vatnshellir lava cave.
✅ Go down into the earth into a lava cave.
Available: All Year.
Duration: 1 hours.
Level: Vatnshellir is the most accessible cave in Iceland, however you need to be reasonably fit to participate. Exactly how fit is difficult to say, but if you can walk up 2-3 story building without stopping and if you don’t have trouble walking on uneven surfaces you should be fine.
Minimum Age: 3 years – kid friendly.
Meeting Time: Please show up at least 15 minutes before the tour departs to get tickets.
Departures: depend on the season:
What to bring:
Vatnshellir Cave Tour is something for everyone that wants to explore the beauty of Icelandic Caves on their self driving tour in Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The area all around the glacier contains hundreds of lava tubes, which makes the area really special for those interested in lava caves. This is the only tour with a permission to guide you into Vatnshellir cave, which is by now probably the most visited cave in Iceland. Vatnshellir was closed by the National Park few years ago for protection reasons and now it’s only open with guidance from us, approved guides by the National Park.
Vatnshellir cave is an 8000 year old lava tube created by volcanic eruption from a nearby crater in the Purkhólar crater. As the lava rushed down the hill in a lava river it began to cool on the surface, creating a crust on top of the lava river. As the eruption stopped, all the lava from underneath this crust continued to drain out. That eventually left behind empty tube with roof on top that gradually cooled down.