Lava Tunnel Facts:
- 1.4KM LONG
- 10-30MTR WIDE
- 10MTR HIGH
- YEAR ROUND
Nature has some of the most magnificent sights to offer: Raufarholshellir, Lava Tunnel Iceland is one of them. Located just 30 minutes away from the bustling city of Reykjavik, it is a wondrous place to explore.
Nearly fifty-two hundred years ago, the Leitahraun Eruption took place just east of the Blafjoll Mountains range. It was a volcanic eruption so colossal that its marks can still be seen today. A walk through Raufarholshellir gives you the unique opportunity to walk through the same path that the lava once flowed through millennia ago.
You can experience the wonder of the inner workings of a volcanic eruption and glean from it. Not only this, every winter fantastical ice sculptures are made and used to decorate the entrance and insides of the volcanic tube to give you a better feel of the place.
The lava Tunnel itself is about an awe-inspiring 1360 meters lengthwise in which even the main tunnel is about 900 meters long. It is also pretty spacious with a width of 30 meters and a height of about 10 meters high. This in itself marks it as one of the largest and spacious lava tubes in all of Iceland.
Right at the entrance of the tunnel, the ceiling has collapsed resulting in a beautiful display of filtered light through the tunnel. Towards the end, the tunnel splits into three smaller tunnels like a river obituary, and there you can marvel at the beauty of the naturally forming lava falls.
Raufarholshellir is also one of Iceland’s longest caves. Lava tunnels are formed mainly when low viscosity lava flows continuously and thickens over time, eventually forming a roof over the actively flowing lava.
Up until the 1950s, the ceiling of the tunnel was filled with stalactites, but since more and more people started visiting, they vanished overtime. As wondrous as they may have been, unfortunately today none exist.
Still, a tour through the lava tube is an experience like no other. Most people only discover the wonders above the surface of the Earth, Raufarholshellir offers you the chance to see the wonders hidden just beneath the surface.