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The Lava Tunnel
The Lava Tunnel offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience visiting Raufarhólshellir, the heart of a lava tube formed by a volcanic eruption about 5,200 years ago.The awe-inspiring adventure brings guests into a tunnel of 1,360 metres [4,500 ft.] long, making it one of Iceland’s most expansive lava tunnels. The journey into the tunnel is a unique experience and an excellent opportunity to witness the inner workings of a volcanic eruption as one walks in the path of lava.The tunnel’s ceiling has caved in near the entrance, creating astonishing columns of light. The tour illuminates the fascinating geological formations from thousands of years ago and recounts the volcanic events that shaped them, providing a rich educational experience.Two tours are offered into the Lava Tunnel, tailored to suit different preferences and levels of adventure. The Standard Tour guides participants through the most accessible part of the tunnel, which is suitable for most, lasting approximately 1 hour. The Lava Falls Adventure Tour delves deeper into the cave, offering an exciting journey to the tunnel’s bottom, lasting approximately 3 to 4 hours.The tours are led by knowledgeable and experienced guides who transport visitors into an otherworldly scene. The team of guides consists of mountaineers and geologists who possess a wealth of knowledge about the tunnel’s geological formations, volcanic activity, and natural history. They are passionate experts dedicated to providing visitors with an enriching and memorable experience.Further, The Lava Tunnel emphasises sustainability and minimal environmental impact on all its operations, where the aim is to protect the nature of Iceland so future generations may enjoy it.The Lava Tunnel experience is operated with passion and expertise and is a testament to the power and beauty of Iceland’s volcanic landscape.