Lofthellir Cave in North Iceland - From Myvatn - ST24

Explore an underground world of ice wonders

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Lofthellir, a 3500 year old lava cave, is a world of ice and darkness, located in the northeastern part of Iceland near Lake Myvatn. It is about 370 metres long. Great for those who have rented a car.

This tour departs from Lake Myvatn in North Iceland.

Duration: 4-5 hours

Pick-up: 15 minutes before departure

Available: May - Oct

Age limit: 8 years

Difficulty: Moderate*

Tour Highlights:
  • Cave Lofthellir
  • Lava field hike
  • Lúdentarborgir crater row
  • Natural Ice Sculptures
  • The Volcanic Outback by Lake Mývatn
  • Myvatn
  • Lava cave
  • Explore the underworld
  • Hverjall Volcano (view)
  • Mt. Hvannfell

Lake Myvatn meeting point:

Tourist Information Center. Click here for a map. Please show up at least 15 minutes before departure. See available departure times in the booking engine.


Fully guided tour, transportation, cave exploration and equipment (helmet, headlight and studded boots)

Not included:

Meals / refreshments.

Bring with you:

Warm and waterproof clothing, gloves, good walking shoes, water bottle.


This tour is not suitable for young children, people with claustrophobia or people that are not in reasonable physical condition.
To reach the cave is a 30 minute hike across a relatively smooth lava field.
The short entry (approx. 1,5m) into the cave is narrow and guests need to crawl on all fours to enter.


This excursion is not suitable for young children, people with claustrophobia or people who are not in reasonable physical condition.

You'll have to walk about 30 minutes through a lava field to reach the cave.

The small entrance (1.5m) leading into the cave is narrow and participants will have to walk on four legs to enter.

26 500 per adult

Children (8-12): 8.950 ISK

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You have selected: From Myvatn

You have selected: From Akureyri

Review on TripAdvisor

"Good tour, really good knowledge from the helpful guide Oli. He was friendly and helpful. Really enjoyed the beauty in the cave and the climbing through holes to reach it. Great fun, would maybe like something a bit more adrenalin pumping though!"

Not suitable for: young children, people with claustrophobia or people who are not in reasonable physical condition.

Cave conditions: there is ice and water on the floor of the cave and the temperature inside the cave is around 0°C

Tour Description

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Explore the world of ice and darkness

On this tour, we visit the Lofthellir Lava Cave, entering the amazingly weird world of ice and darkness which will be explored underground. Our destination is a cave that boasts the greatest natural ice sculptures currently known in an Icelandic lava cave.

North Iceland Cave Lofthellir

Time to go underground!

The whole trip is an adventure as you drive through the volcanic outback of Lake Myvatn on the way to the cave, passing Hverfjall volcano and driving alongside the crater row of Lúdentsborgir. The drive from Myvatn to Mt. Hvannfell is around 45 minutes.

After a 30 minute walk across a lava field adorned by endless ropey lava, we reach the Lofthellir Lava Cave. Inside the cave, you will find natural ice sculptures of all shapes and sizes, formed by dripping water for thousands of years. This unique underworld will leave you in awe. At least one hour is spent inside the cave, observing this remarkable and some say unbelievable natural phenomenon.

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Explore the world of ice and darkness

From Akureyri

The tour starts as you get picked up from your hotel, guesthouse, the port or the airport for a 7-8 hour long tour to the amazing Lofthellir Cave. Enjoy a scenic drive as we head towards Myvatn, stopping at the stunning Goðafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods, on the way. 

From Myvatn

We pick you up at Lake Myvatn and from there we drive alongside the unique volcano Hverfell, through the crater row of Ludentarborgir to the root of Mt. Hvannfell, about a 45 minute drive. The whole duration of the tour is around 4-5 hours.

Lofthellir cave from Myvatn

Prepare to be amazed!

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Explore caverns filled with gem like treasure

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