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Lofthellir Ice Cave Tour

Weird World of Ice & Darkness

Lofthellir Ice Cave Tour in the Volcanic Outback of Lake Mývatn

Join the Lofthellir Ice Cave Tour from Akureyri and take part in an adventure!  The tour starts with a scenic drive to Lake Mývatn enjoying a stop at the impressive Goðafoss, Waterfall of the Gods. From Lake Mývatn the tour takes you through the stunning landscape of the volcanic outback of Lake Myvatn to the mystical world of darkness and ice in the Lofthellir Ice Cave.
The main attraction of the cave is the greatest natural ice sculptures currently known in Iceland, formed by thousands of years of dripping water. We at Saga Travel pride ourselves on having exclusive rights to offer guided tours to this 3.500 year old Ice Cave. The limit of visitors in each tour is 10 persons, this is both to limit visitors affect on the cave and also to give our clients a unique chance to visit Lofthellir Cave in a small group.

Tour Description

We drive to Lake Mývatn from Akureyri with a short photo stop at Goðafoss, The Waterfall of the Gods.
From Lake Mývatn we drive along a rugged track around the unique volcano Hverfjall, through the crater row of Lúdentsborgir where we stop and enjoy the view over the Lake Mývatn area. After about 45 minutes drive we arrive at he roots of Mt. Hvannfell. After 20-30 minutes walk across a lava field which is adorned by spectacular ropy lava, we reach the Lofthellir Ice Cave.
At least one hour is spent inside the cave, observing this unbelievable natural phenomenon. The temperature inside the cave is around 0°C so warm and preferably waterproof clothes are recommended. After walking back over the lava field we enjoy the scenic drive through the incredible geology of the landscape on our way back to Lake Mývatn. We make a short stop in the village of Reykjahlíð by Lake Mývatn before returning to Akureyri.

Departures from Akureyri

Daily Departures
Weekdays at 09:00am
Weekends at 09:30am

This Lofthellir Ice Cave tour is also available as a Private Tour

This tour is also available from Lake Mývatn

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Price from

29.900 ISK per person

Tour type

Day Tour Akureyri


  • Godafoss Waterfall
  • Lake Myvatn (Short Photo Stops)
  • Ludentsborgir Crater Row
  • Lava field hike
  • Cave Lofthellir
  • Natural Ice Sculptures
  • Volcanic Outback by Lake Myvatn

Departure time

Please be ready at 08:45
Pickup time is 08:45-09:00


8-9 Hours


v Fully guided tour

v Transportation

v Cave exploration equipment; helmet, headlights and studded boots

x Refreshments


  • This tour is not suitable for young children, people with claustrophobia or people that are not in reasonable physical condition
  • Not recommended for people with knee or hip problems
  • To reach the cave is a 30 minute hike across a relatively smooth lava field
  • The short entry (approx. 1,5m) into the cave is narrow and guests need to crawl on their stomach to enter
  • There is ice and water on the floor of the cave and the temperature inside the cave is around 0°C
  • Due to weather and/or road conditions we might have longer journey time or cancellation of the tour

Meeting point: Free pick-up at Akureyri hotels, guesthouses, port & airport

Minimum on tour: 2 adults or minimum rate

We recommend you bring

  • Warm and waterproof clothing
  • Gloves
  • Good walking shoes
  • Water bottle

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