LOFTHELLIR LAVA CAVE EXCURSION

  • Port

    Akureyri

  • Level of difficulties

    Difficult

  • Type

    Nature excursion, Packed lunch

  • Price

    Adults

    EUR320.0

  • Duration in hours

    8.0

  • Shore excursion code

    01YJ

Description

We will explore a stunning lava cave hidden underground in a lost world, where incredible ice sculptures carved out by nature will leave us lost for words.



What we will see
  • Lake Mývatn
  • Mt. Hvannfell
  • Lofthellir lava cave
  • Reykjahlíd
  • Goðafoss waterfall


What we will do
  • We will leave Akureyri and head to Lake Mývatn where lava rocks and volcanic formations create picturesque views.
  • We will travel along a dirt track across a lunar landscape dotted with craters until we reach the slopes of Mt. Hvannfell, where we will have to leave our transport and continue on foot.
  • We will walk for around 20-30 minutes in a picturesque lava field scattered with unusually shaped rocks until we reach the mouth of Lofthellir lava cave.
  • Equipped with helmets and torches, we will be ready to enter the cave where we will witness a breathtaking display of nature for at least an hour, with stunning lava formations and ice sculptures, some of the biggest, most beautiful and colourful in the whole of Iceland.
  • Then we will start our return journey, passing the banks of Lake Mývatn and stopping in the village of Reykjahlíd briefly.
  • Before returning to the port, we will visit the incredible Goðafoss waterfall, whose arch shape is reminiscent of the more famous Niagara falls, only here the drop is a mere 22 metres.

What you need to know
  • This tour includes a basket lunch prepared by our ship staff.
  • This excursion is not recommended for children, physically unfit guests or guests that suffer from claustrophobia.
  • The entrance to the cave is very narrow and guests will have to crawl through a short section (1.5 metres).
  • The cave floor is covered in ice and water at a temperature of around 0°C.
  • We recommend wearing warm, waterproof clothing (avoid jeans and shirts), gloves and hiking shoes, and bringing a bottle of water.
  • Equipment for the cave visit is provided (helmet, torch and crampons).
  • Lunch is not included.
  • This excursion is conducted in English.