Víðgelmir lava cave | Family friendly tour to the Largest Lava Cave in Iceland

Víðgelmir lava cave | Family friendly tour to the Largest Lava Cave in Iceland

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1,5 hours



Group Size

Small Groups


All year

Minimum age

No minimum age

Pick up / Self Drive

Self Drive


West Iceland


English, Icelandic


Day Tour


About Tour

Join us on this exquisite tour and explore the longest lava cave of the land of ice and fire with your family and friends. This tour of Víðgelmir lava cave will take you to the depths of the longest known lava cave in the country, located in the Borgarfjörður area of West Iceland and will help you mark another destination check on the list of your must-visit spots. So, pack your daypack, lace up your sturdy hiking boots, and set on an incredible journey of the exploration of an incredibly colorful underground world of Iceland.

About Víðgelmir Lava Cave

With 1600 meters of length, Víðgelmir lava cave is a naturally formed lava tunnel created by a volcanic eruption nearby. The cave is located on a privately-owned land by a small local family and is always open for guided tours for the visitors. No natural light gets inside the cave which made it essential to put on feature lighting facilities to make it possible for the tourists to walk and properly navigate through the cave. Once an epitome of ruggedness and raw natural beauty, now the ever-challenging scape of the Víðgelmir lava can be easily covered thanks to the construction of the signature walkway. Endowed with several beautiful natural structures and spectrum of colors, the beauty of Víðgelmir cave is something one can comprehend only upon seeing it first-hand.

About the Tour

It will take about 1.5 hours to complete the tour of the cave once you are inside. Since it is an easy family-friendly tour, you can bring young children along and be assured of their safety. Safety equipment like helmets and headlights to navigate will be provided to you at the entrance of the cave and your tour guide will help you put them on while explaining the required safety measures.

It is recommended that you wear proper warm clothing for the tour even if you are choosing to attend the tour in the summer season as the temperature in the cave drops significantly in comparison to the temperature above ground. You can go for the classic triple-layered system for the clothes so that you can easily add or remove a layer as and when required. Hats and gloves are also highly recommended for a snug, comfy trip.

The tour is available with both Icelandic and English-speaking guides so you can easily have your pick. You are required to reach the start location near the opening of the cave 15 minutes before the tour timings. If you like, you can book a pickup service from Húsafell.


 Local English Speaking Guide

 Helmet & headlight

Entrance to the lava cave

What to bring

 Good shoes

Warm clothes

Gloves & Hat

 Camera (optional)

Good to know

  • We recommend that you dress according to the weather of the day. 
  • Guests are required to show up 10-15 min before tour departs.
  • Guest with children under the age of 6 will have to comply with guidelines set by the cave. This includes location of party during tour and possible turn around before final stop of the tour. 
  • This hike through the lava cave is rated as easy and is appropriate for all skill levels. There are easy access walkways that have been built inside the cave so it is easier to explore it. 
  • This tour is perfect for single travelers, groups and families. 


Most frequent questions and answers

The meeting point for the tour is at Víðgelmir lava cave.


The driving time to Víðgelmir from Reykjavik is 1 hour 57 minutes.

If you are going to Víðgelmir lava cave on a day tour from Reykjavik we recommend that you visit Hraunfossar & Barnafossar waterfalls, Húsafell, and take a dip into Krauma geothermal baths or Giljaböð Canyon hot spring. 

This hike is rated as easy and is appropriate for all skill levels. An easy access walkway has been built inside the lava cave so it is easy to walk through the cave. 

You will receive a full refund if the tour gets cancelled due to weather. 

Yes, and you definitely should! The setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.

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