South of Snaefellsjokull Glacire, west og Hellnar village
The cave Vatnshellir is a 100 m long lava-cave in the south slopes of Purkhólahraun lava flow. The lava and the cave are believed to be aproaximately 5-8000 years old. A spiral staircase has been put into the cave to enable access but entrance is only allowed with guides from the National Park.
Lava-caves are formed while the lava is still flowing and while cooling. They form when a closed magma chamber empties, the crust lifts up or magma flows from under a solidified surface. Few large stalagmite stones have developed inside the cave and have now been restored after earlier damages.
Guided cave tours in Vatnshellir
Guided tours are offered on a regular basis in summertime. In wintertime tours are offered for groups (12-25 persons) on an agreement. Please call (+354) 436 6888, (+354) 665 2818 or send an e-mail to email@example.com for booking.
Warm clothing is neccessary and gloves recommended. Helmets and headlights are provided. A cave tour takes about one hour.