Vidgelmir Cave Explorer
Enjoy all the wonders of the spectacular Víðgelmir lava cave on this guided tour into one of Iceland’s largest and grandest caves. Take a guided stroll and admire a colourful underground world on an unforgettable trip the whole family can enjoy.
Caves can often be dark and tight, but this is not the case with Víðgelmir lava cave. After descending into the cave, you’ll walk through a narrow tunnel, which is the only tight space you’ll encounter on this cave tour. The cave then opens into a wide space with countless of icicles, amazing colour display and rock formations. In winter you can see some beautiful ice formation as well.
Leading from one great hall to the next, the access walkway is lit with fixed lights at selected locations so when the light hits the icicles they sparkle, and the colours of the walls become rainbow-like. The tour guide will at one point turn off all the lights in the cave, so you’ll be able to experience the striking contrast between the light and the darkness.
Víðgelmir cave is a short drive from Húsafell, a popular destination for travellers in western Iceland. For those travelling by bus or those who would prefer not to drive themselves, pickup for this tour is available from Hótel Húsafell.
Just shy of 1600 metres long and around 150,000 cubic metres (m³), Víðgelmir is one of the biggest caves in Iceland and one of the largest lava caves in the world. It is located in Hallmundarhraun lava field in Iceland’s highlands.
The lava field was formed over 1100 years ago, during the Viking age, when volcanic craters from under Langjökull glacier erupted. Formed by flowing lava moving under a hardened surface, Víðgelmir lava cave is one of Iceland’s hidden treasures that is well worth seeing.
Don’t miss out on exploring the stunning beauty of this magical underworld on this family-friendly trip. Check availability by choosing a date.
- Available: All year
- Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
- Activities: Caving
- Difficulty: Easy
- Languages: English, Icelandic
- Highlights: Víðgelmir
Viðgelmir is the largest lava tube in Iceland at 1585 metres (5200 ft) long, located in the country’s west.
One of the most popular places in Iceland for lava tubing, Viðgelmir is one of the few that boasts a walkway and lights within, making it accessible for those who may be put off by the uneven ground of other caves. It contains fascinating lava formations and vivid rock colours.
Viðgelmir is located to the east of the famous town of Reykholt, once the home of legendary writer Snorri Sturluson, on top of the Hallmundarhraun lava field. It was formed in an eruption just over a thousand years ago.
Departure time : 09:00, 10:00, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00
Víðgelmir cave parking lot
Professional guide. Helmet and Headlamp.
What to bring:
Warm clothes, gloves and a hat with no brim. Bring a camera and your best smile.