Caves of Hella

Caves of Hella
Caves of Hella
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  • Duration1-2 hours
  • Group SizeNo max
  • Meeting LocationÆgissíða 4, 851 Hella, Iceland

Tour description

Twelve man-made caves have been discovered on the land of Ægissíða by Hella on the South coast of Iceland. Four of them have been open to the public. The historical site is Iceland’s oldest still standing archaeological remains. Some believe the caves to date even further back than the settlement of the Nordic Vikings.  

The wonders of the Caves of Hella include ancient crosses, wall carvings and carved seats.

Mystery surrounds the caves and for centuries people have wondered:

  • Are the caves the handiwork of the Celts?

  • Were the caves a place of ancient worship?

Caves of Hella offer a great opportunity to explore these historic caves in Iceland. Join us to discover the secrets they hold and experience the magical Underworld of the South.

The Caves are located right next to Route 1 (the Ring Road), an approximately hour drive from Reykjavik.

The caves are man-made, but nobody really knows when they were originally constructed. Some sources indicate that they were made by Celts who inhabited Iceland before the official Norse settlement of Iceland in the late 9th century.

The caves have been used throughout history as dwellings, sheep sheds or storage. After World War II Icelanders started building houses from concrete and traditional turf houses and caves soon fell into disuse.

The restoration project is under the supervision of the Cultural Heritage Agency of Iceland. We focus on slow and sustainable tourism, working closely with the local community using local guides and local products. The project’s main aim is to continue the restoration of the caves, opening up more caves to the public.

What's Included

  • Admission/Entry fee
  • Guided tour

Good to Know

  • Dress according to weather, wear good shoes
  • Remember to bring your camera!
  • If cancelled within 1 day of booking, a cancellation fee of 100% will be charged

Why Your Friend in Reykjavik Recommends This Tour

To think that maybe Celtic people made some of the caves – before the settlement of the Nordic people! So fascinating. Great experience!

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