Akureyri to Lofthellir Cave Guided Exploration Full-Day Trip

Day Trips & Excursions in Greater Akureyri

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Discover the wondrous underground world of Lofthellir Ice Cave on this guided day tour from Akureyri. Journey out to the volcanic Lake Mývatn, then venture further into the desolate wilderness of North Iceland. Pass by Mt Hverfell and Lúdentarborgir crater row, before pulling up near the base of Mt Hvannfell. Follow your guide across a barren lava field and head underneath the Earth's surface to explore the subterranean chambers of Lofthellir Ice Cave. Numbers are limited to 10 on this tour, ensuring you have an intimate and informative experience.
Depart from your Akureyri hotel and travel by Mini Bus into the Icelandic countryside. Look out for steaming vents, unusual rock formations and lava stacks — all evidence of the powerful volcanic forces at play in this area. See Lake Mývatn, a volcanic lake known for its thriving bird population, before going off-road onto a rugged track. We travel in a 4x4 Truck to the mouth of the cave, through rugged lava fields and crater rows. Drive by the crater of the imposing Hverfell volcano and through the striking crater row of Lúdentarborgir. As you ride, your guide will explain how these geological features came to be. Before reaching the mouth, you will hike for around 30 minutes. Once you reach the cave’s entrance, suit up in your safety gear and prepare to descend. Forget about the world overhead as you enter the depths of the Ice Cave. Lofthellir is a unique cave, a lava tube tunnel but filled with Ice. Look around the dark chambers, corridors and crevices, pausing to admire the intriguing ice sculptures and rock formations. After around an hour in the cave observing its features and learning about the various natural phenomenon, head back to the surface. After the hike back to the vehicle, relax as you make your way to the village of Reykjahlíð, which sits on the shore of Lake Mývatn. Here, you can grab a bite to eat (own expense), before returning to your hotel in Akureyri, where the tour will end.

What’s included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Use of cave exploration equipment; helmet, headlights and rubber boots

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities


  • Small-group tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
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