The Lofthellir Ice Cave is a lava tunnel filled with permafrost ice. The cave boasts incredible ice formations, some of which are hundreds of years old, that have been formed by dripping water over the course of time. The tour will start from the Lake Mývatn area, and we will drive past some incredible geology, including the volcano Mt. Hverfjall, and along the Lúdentarborgir crater row. Once we reach the base of Mt. Hvannfell, there will be a 30-minute guided hike across lava felds to the entrance of the Lofthellir cave. There you will be provided with equipment to safely navigate the cave.
We will travel slowly into the cave in a single line. Your cave guide will help you to move safely through the cave. The entrance is the narrowest part of the cave and participants will need to crawl on all fours to pass through. Past that point, every step you take into the cave it just gets bigger! A lost world of ice and magic awaits, frozen in time and in space.
The Lofthellir Ice Cave is a protected area and is privately owned by local landowners. Only a limited number of tours are allowed in, and all tours are operated by certified cave guides. The goal of the cave protection is to operate sustainable cave tours and preserve this incredible sight for future generations to explore - thus, in every ticket a fee is included for the protection program and local landowners.
Please note: This tour is not for people with claustraphobia, young children, or people that are not in reasonable physical condition. To reach the cave, we will hike for 30 min across a relatively smooth lava field. The short entry (approximately 1,5 meters) into the cave is narrow, and guests need to crawl on all fours to enter. Temperature in the cave ranges from 0 to -2 degrees C, so please make sure you have good gloves and preferably waterproof pants.
Duration: 5 hours*
*Participants staying in Húsavík and Laugar require extra travel time, and thus should expect a 6.5-hour duration
Departures: Friday at 8:00**, 10:30, or 13:00, or Sunday at 08:00** or 10:30
**Please note: Participants in Húsavík will not be able to choose the 08:00 departure as you would miss out on breakfast. Particiapnts in Húsavík and Laugar will have slightly earlier departures, and thus have priority on the 10:30 departure times.
Minimum number of participants per departure*: 6
Maximum number of particpants per departure: 10
*please note that if the min. number is not reached, we reserve the right to either move participants to another departure day or cancel the excursion. If the excursion is canceled, you will be refunded.
- Return transfers from the hotel to the cave
- 1 hour of cave exploration
- Packed lunch
- Required safety equipment: helmet, head lamp, and studded boots.
At the time of booking, we cannot guarantee specific departure times or day, as this depends on the minimum participant requirements as well as where participants are staying. This also means that you should only sign up for a maximum of two excursions in total: one for Friday and one for Sunday (and of course the Nature Baths can be added on Saturday).
Please choose your preferred departure time and day when booking and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Approximately 3 weeks before the tour, we will inform you of your departure time and day. Refunds will NOT be given for cancellations received after the departure time has been given.