One of two staircases
Vatnshellir cave parking area
Vatnshellir cave lava
Group going into Vatnshellir
Guide with his group in the cave
Guiding at the entrance of the cave
Hallway of the mythical creatures
Cave Entrance

Vatnshellir Cave Tour

First steps to the Journey to the Center of the Earth!

In General

This is where we originate from... The area all around the glacier contains hundreds of lava tubes, which makes the area really special for those interested in caves. Our story began few years ago when we started cave guiding in Vatnshellir Cave. That lead to fast expansion that has now made Summit Adventure Guides.We are the only tour operator that has 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.


The Cave

The cave itself is an 8000 year old lava tube created by volcanic eruption from a nearby crater in the Purkhólar crater family. 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.


The Tours

We offer 45 minute guided tours to Vatnshellir cave. It is one of the most easily 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.

You need to dress warmly for the cave tour, since the temperature is just above freezing throughout the year. Hiking shoes/boots are recommended but sneakers are acceptable. We will not permit high heels or flat-bottom shoes including flip-flops for this activity. Gloves are recommended for your safety and comfort. If you fall down, gloves can save your hands from the knife-sharp lava rock!


When and How?

We offer this tour all year around, opening hours depend on the season.
To check availability, find the calendar on this page to see which hours are available on the date you select.


Please show up at the cave at least 10 minutes before the tour to check in.

We supply helmets and flashlights/torches, headlamps are not allowed inside the cave.
Please keep in mind that the closest restrooms are at Malarrif Visitor Center.

You can find our location right here, marked as Meeting Point C.

Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions, see contact!

Quick Info!
  • Our most popular tour

  • 45 minute guided tour

  • All year around

  • See departure times in booking system

  • 5 year age limit

  • Please note that nearest restrooms are at Malarrif (3 min drive from cave).

  • You need to bring

    • Warm clothes

    • Good shoes for uneven ground

    • Gloves (reccommended)


Adults: ISK. 4500

Seniors (65+) / Students: ISK. 3500

Teenagers (12-17): ISK. 2000

Children (5-11): Free

All prices include VAT 11%.

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