The Cave People

Can you imagine how it is to live in a cave?

Take a tour with us and explore how the cave people lived in the wild nature of Iceland less than 100 years ago. The cave is located in unspoiled nature only 40 min drive from Reykjavik, this is truly a magnificent place to visit.

Our first season has come to an end and we are thrilled by the reception we have had. This winter we won´t be open from day to day but we will still do guided tours in the cave with pre booked groops.

Departure every 30 minutes

The Cave People of Iceland

Can you imagine how it is to live in a cave? Well less than 100 years ago a normal Icelandic family did!

The Caves have been renovated the way they looked when the last Cave People in Iceland lived there only a Century ago.

Join us in a Guided tour in the Caves and their Surroundings and we will bring the story to life with amazing tales about how they lived, their struggles and their happiness. The tour length is 20 minutes and we have a new departure every 30 minutes. Before or after the tour you can relax in our coffee tent for a cup of coffee and some traditional Icelandic treats.

Laugarvatnshellar are two man made caves located between Þingvellir National Park and Laugarvatn (where Fontana, Geothermal baths are). There are no sources that can determine who made them or when they were made. Some have suggested the caves were made by Irish monks before the settlement in the year 874.

Through the Centuries the Caves were used by shepherds since the surroundings were excellent for Grazing. The Caves would be used as shelter for both sheep and shepherds. After some episodes with Ghosts in the Caves shepherds stopped using them.

1910 a young couple, Indriði Guðmundsson and Guðrún Kolbeinsdóttir moved into the Caves and lived there for a year.

In 1918 another couple, Jón Þorvarðsson and Vigdís Helgadóttir moved in and lived in the Caves for four years.

Both residents had some sheep, a cow and some horses. They grew potatoes, hunted Ptarmigans and picked wild berries. To make money they sold Ptarmigans in Reykjavik and sold refreshments to travelers, locals on their way to Reykjavik and people travelling The Golden Circle.


Between Þingvellir National Park and Laugarvatn

Laugarvatnshellar Cave

How Do I Get There

Meet our partners : Laugarvatn Adventure


Tintron Cave
A vertical abseil 13 meters (43 feet) through a hole in the earth. Then exploring the 27 meter (89 feet) long cave before climbing up the ropeladder again

Gjábakkahellir- Gjábakki Cave

Gjábakki Cave
Exciting caving trip through the 364 meter (1194 feet) long Gjábakkahellir cave. The cave is quite rocky and we will have to walk, crawl and climb.

Litli Björn-Vörðuhellir

Litli Björn-Vörðuhellir
Before it was thought that Litli Björn and Vörðuhellir where two different caves. Now they have found a little hole conecting them, making it just one cave.

Laugarvatnshellar Cave