Lofthellir Ice Cave From Akureyri - Reykjahlíð

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    HOF Culture Centre and Tourist Information Office
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point at approximately 4pm
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Discover the wondrous underground world of Lofthellir Ice Cave on this guided day tour from Akureyri. Journey out to the volcanic Lake Mvatn, then venture further into the desolate wilderness of North Iceland. Pass by Mt Hverfell and Ldentarborgir 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.


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

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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 Mvatn, 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 Ldentarborgir. 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 caves 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 Reykjahl, which sits on the shore of Lake Mvatn. Here, you can grab a bite to eat (own expense), before returning to your hotel in Akureyri, where the tour will end.


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Local guide

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Use of cave exploration equipment; helmet, headlights and rubber boots


Food and drinks


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 8 years

It is recommended that you bring warm clothes, gloves and a bottle of water

Small group tour, maximum 10 passengers

This tour is not suitable for young children, people with claustrophobia or people that are not in reasonable physical condition

Due to weather and/or road conditions we might have longer journey time or cancellation of the tour

There is ice and water on the floor of the cave and the temperature inside the cave is around 0C

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Not recommended for travelers with Claustrophobia

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers

Traveler Reviews

  • 03-Jul-2019

    A minivan picked me up from Akureyri, and more people to another tour. Then they got confused and drove me halfway back to a different van, and on the way back I didn’t find this van that was suppose to drive me back to Akureyri. The tour is not long, the cave is really dark and you can’t really see too much.. the hosts and very nice and professional but I wouldn’t do that again, not worth the money

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Fantastic cave exploration adventure in this permafrost lava tunnel. For those who like an off the beaten path challenge. It was a bit intimidating, but our guide, Inga, was terrific. She was patient, gave great instructions and was very knowledgeable throughout the tour. So glad we did this.

  • 05-Aug-2017

    This was an absolutely amazing day. Our Host Armann was delightfully entertaining throughout the day and informed us of Icelandic history and the geography of Northern Iceland as we drove to the cave. After a modest hike to the cave, we geared up for an exciting exploration through the cave where we learned about the creation of the caves and all the ice stalactites and stalagmites. My kids went in thinking that it would be interesting but left saying it was the best part of our Iceland adventure. ON the way back to Akureyri we stopped at Godafoss and saw one of the many amazing falls. This is a trip not to be missed!

  • 21-Oct-2016

    Amazing experience! Beware if claustrophobic

  • 14-Oct-2016

    Definitely the most physically challenging tour I and #39;ve done abroad but totally worth it!!! Our guide was fantastic and the whole experience was truly unique.

  • 28-Jun-2016

    Excellent! I enjoyed this experience very much.