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Summit Adventure Guides / Vatnshellir Cave

Exploring Vatnshellir Cave is a truly amazing and unforgettable experience. This 8000 year old lava tube reaches over 200 meters and goes 35 meters below the surface.

Guided tours all day, during opening hours, duration 50 minutes. All guests will be equipped with flashlights and helmets. Hiking shoes and warm clothes reccommended.

10 minutes' drive west of Arnarstapi, 25 minutes' drive south of Hellissandur.

From May 15th until September 30th tours daily from 10:00 to 18:00 (every hour on the hour).

From October 1st until May 14th tours daily from 11:00 to 15:00 every hour on the hour.

Please note that because of weather conditions and snow there is a possibility that the cave is not accessible during wintertime.

Summit Adventure Guides / Vatnshellir Cave

GPS Points N64° 54' 7.690" W23° 55' 54.424"
Telephone

+354 787-0001

Opening period All year
Service Caveing Open in the summer

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Exploring Vatnshellir cave is truly amazing and unforgettable experience. This 8000 year old lava tube reaches over 200 meters and goes 35 meters below the surface.

During summer, guided tours are offered from 10am-6pm. During wintertime 2 tours a day are offered. Please check on the website www.vatnshellir.is.

All guests will be equipped with flashlights and helmets.

Hiking shoes and warm clothes reccommended.

10 minute drive west of Arnarstapi. 25 minute drive south of Hellissandur.

Further info: vatnshellir@vatnshellir.is www.vatnshellir.is (+354) 787 0001

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