The Coolest Caves in Iceland

There are plenty of caves in Iceland. We recommend that you explore at least a couple of them unless you’re claustrophobic! With some of the more popular caves, you can go on a guided tour. It costs more, of course, but it’s fun to know more about how the caves were formed and their history. Here’s an example of what we feel are the coolest caves in Iceland.

Vatnshellir – one of the coolest caves in Iceland

Vatnshellir - cool caves in Iceland

A 5-8000-year-old cave on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The name Vatnshellir means “Water cave.” It’s not open to the public, so you need to go on a guided tour, but it’s not expensive. It’s cold and dark, and you need to walk down a long flight of stairs, so if you’re afraid of heights, you might want to sit this one out.

Leiðarendi

Leiðarendi cave in Iceland

A 900-meter-long lava tube, located just 30 minutes from Reykjavík. The cave’s name in English is quite ominous: “The end of the road.” It’s very narrow in parts, so definitely not for claustrophobics. If you want to explore Leiðarendi, you need to take care and bring equipment, like lights, etc.

Víðgelmir

We can’t discuss cool caves and not mention Víðgelmir, Iceland’s largest cave! It’s quite something. It’s located in Húsafell, Borgarfjörður, and if you want to see it, you need to book a guided tour. The cave is lit, and a walkway is in place, so it’s a safe and fun trip for the whole family.

Sönghellir

Sönghellir or “Singing cave” in English, is a small cave located in mount Snæfell, where Snæfellsjökull glacier covers the top. The name reflects the fact that the echo inside is spectacular. So, it’s not its size but its acoustics and history that makes it special. Inside the cave, you´ll see names carved into the rock. Some of the carvings are hundreds of years old.

 

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