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Vatnshellir Lava cave

Region: West Iceland
Coordinates: 64.9016632° N 23.9122345° W

One of the interesting features of Snæfellsjökull national park is Vatnshellir lava cave which was opened to the public in the summer of 2011. Vatnshellir (From Icelandic: Water Cave) is a great example of a lava cave which is typical to Iceland. Inside the lava cave there are two main sections. The length of the cave is 200 meters.

The upper section has great features and unique formations of lava statues curved on the sides of the lava tube. The lower part of the lava cave which can be reached by a long and narrow staircase takes the visitors deep down underground to a place which was hidden from the outside world for thousands of years, scientists believe Vatnshellir was created in an eruption between 6,000-8,000 years ago.

Visiting the cave offers a unique experience. In the total darkness of the lava cave most sense shut down and the sense of smell becomes dominant, deep underground there is absolutely no sound. Guided tours are available during summer only.
It is recommended to bring warm clothes and gloves, since temperature underground is 6°c. Helmets and flash lights are supplied by the tour guide.

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