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Ancient Historical Site Tour at the Caves of Hella
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Ancient Historical Site Tour at the Caves of Hella

By Caves of Hella
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Twelve ancient man-made caves have been discovered on the land of Ægissíða by Hella on the South coast of Iceland. Four of them have now been open to the public on our guided tours. 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? The caves are an historic landmark site where you will learn about hidden secrets and other untold stories from Iceland's history. Join one of our local guides to discover the secrets our caves 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.
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Duration: 60–75 minutes
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  • Caves of Hella, 851 Hella, Iceland
    You should find the exact location by typing "Caves of Hella" in Google maps. If you dont use that the location should be easy to find, just west of the town of Hella, market with big signs and flags.
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    • 851 Hella, Iceland
      You should find the exact location by typing "Caves of Hella" in Google maps. If you dont use that the location should be easy to find, just west of the town of Hella, market with big signs and flags.
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      At this location, called Ægissíða, there are 12 ancient man made caves. In this tour your local guide will take you to four of them.
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    • Caves of Hella
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      Hella, Iceland
      Joined in December 2019
    • 479raes
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A glimpse of pre-Viking history
      We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the caves and learning about the pre-Viking history of the area. Stefan is not only an interesting and well-informed guide, he could be a stand-up comic!
      Written 19 April 2024
    • Wendy119186363
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Worth a visit
      We took a taxi from the nearby Hotel Ranga and the tour lasts about 75mins and is highly informative and interesting. The caves are have a good history and it's a surprise to see some very old markings/drawings with some more recent ones which it is definitely not allowed to do now. Stefan who did our tour has an excellent delivery, facts aplenty along with a good dose of humour and wit.
      Written 17 February 2024
    • Wejggd
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Surprisingly interesting piece of Icelandic history. Both educational and entertaining.
      These caves are a unique piece of Icelandic history, brought to life by our knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide Stefan. Interesting, educational tour with amusing and entertaining saga stories. An unexpected gem
      Written 15 January 2024
    • 201tiffanig
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Love!
      Stefan was great! Was a small group of 4 and he was very accommodating and knowledgable. The caves provide an alternative view of Iceland’s long history. A little controversial but not completely off the mark as other archeological finds/ digs support this theory. Once more information is confirmed, I think tour will be famous! He grew up in the area and you can tell his passion for the history of the caves and the stewards of the land. Truly enjoyable experience!
      Written 10 December 2023
    • pauldW3265DQ
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An absolute must
      Very interesting tour and one that is well worth doing for anyone with an interest in history. Stefán the tour guide is incredibly knowledgeable and makes for a very entertaining host while you visit
      Written 1 December 2023
    • neilmO5730TT
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Caves of Hella are a must see if you enjoy history & mystery.
      We stopped off here on our way to the waterfalls, and we were so glad we did. It's such an interesting place steeped in ancient history and mystery. Stefan Smari our guide is full of information and passion about the site and its history. He made the tour fun and didn't mind us asking lots of questions. He's one of those lovely warm people you wish to be friends with. Thanks again Stefan.
      Written 1 December 2023
    • hjordisruts
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Really interesting and fun visit
      An excellent tour with a fun and knowledgeable guide. The history and the speculation about what was not written in the Viking saga's is a great reminder that it's often more to thing than we know. The more resent history of the caves gives a interesting insight into farmers life's at the time.
      Written 22 October 2023
    • Cosmopolitan787818
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      Presentation of theories without any scientific evidence
      The caves/holes have been used by farmers until recently as shelter for sheep, storing crops, etc. They are lit by led light strips and candles, which looks nice. Walls are damaged by recent activity and tagging/engravings. Hence, the archaeological value of the site is very limited. No archeologic investigations have been performed at the site. There is no evidence dating the engravings of which some appear to be celtic. They could have been created recently to make the site more interesting. The guide suggests a complete rewrite of the early history of Iceland without any sound evidence. Overpriced. Waste of time.
      Written 12 October 2023
    • sabrinai507
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Cultural misteries.
      Amazing tour!!! Very interesting! Toir guide was well informed and passionate about history and developing historical finds! Amazing sense of humour! Definitely recommend if you like to explore hidden part of history and learn more about Icelandic culture!! At end we were offered a nice Icelandic treat. Would repeat when I return to Iceland .
      Written 23 September 2023
    • shelley9505
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      Ancient Beginnings Underground
      Very interesting stop to make to learn about some of the history of Iceland and to see some very unique caves.
      Written 19 September 2023
    • L2652FYdavidg
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      Fascinating
      The guide (Ólöf) was amazing, very knowledgeable and charmimg. Will definitely come again. Clearly a lot of unresolved puzzles about the settlement
      Written 2 September 2023
    • D7354LVmarkc
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Interesting Historical Cave Tour in Hella
      This was a change-of-plans after a wind alert cancelled our other activity, and we are glad we did it. Tour takes about an hour so it's easy to fit in your day, and being mostly underground except when walking between caves (they are not all connected), the wind and rain didn't matter. Knowledgeable and friendly guide provided an informative tour not just about the caves themselves but also about early Icelandic history. The caves were made by people, so don't expect stalactites/-mites or pretty colors. Instead, you get interesting history and a feel for how people and animals used the spaces.
      Written 30 May 2023
    • Loveroflife75
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommend
      So cool and unique. Would highly recommend it. Make sure to dress in layers because they are cold. I loved hearing about the history :)
      Written 8 April 2023
    • Avid_Eva
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      Edutainment at its best!
      We had a great tour of the caves with Stefán, our super friendly, funny and knowledgeable guide, so much history, gossip, anecdote and conjecture, all delivered flawlessly in a highly entertaining and informative presentation, which certainly left us with plenty of new knowledge and things to mull over. If you are in two minds about how interesting 4 basically empty, cool (a fairly constant 4°C) caves could be, don't be, it's great and well worth the visit, and Stefán is definitely an asset!
      Written 3 April 2023
    • Gillian P
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      Underground history
      Our guide was very knowledgeable and amusing and we learned a lot about the original settlers and settlements
      Written 22 March 2023
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    Alice P
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    Feb 2024 • Family
    We had a great time on this tour learning about the local area. Stefan was really funny - he knew his stuff and answered any questions really well with a lot of detail. He also gave us a lot of information about the volcanoes in Iceland which was unexpected and very welcomed as the caves are located extremely near to the volcanoes and we didn’t even realise! Highly recommend this tour, just wrap up warm as there’s of course a lot of standing around and the caves are only 4 degrees Celsius.
    Written 18 February 2024
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    Sergiu I
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    Sept 2023 • Couples
    In September of this year, my girlfriend and I had the opportunity to visit the Caves of Hella in Iceland. It was an epic experience that transported us back in time, spanning centuries of history.

    Our guide was amazing. He was very passionate about the caves and their history, and shared his knowledge with us in a captivating way. We learned about the Norse settlers who used the caves for shelter and storage, the Irish monks who built a chapel in one of the caves, and the Icelandic farmers who used the caves for livestock and agriculture.

    As we explored the caves, we could see traces of all the people who had lived and worked there over the centuries. There were ancient carvings on the walls, old tools and artifacts scattered on the ground, and even the remains of a Viking longhouse.

    The light filtering into the caves creates a magical atmosphere, and we felt like we were stepping into another world. Our visit to the Caves of Hella was an unforgettable experience. It was a journey through time and a celebration of nature's beauty. I highly recommend visiting the caves to anyone who is interested in history and culture. It's a great stop for couples as well.
    Written 28 September 2023
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    DeAnna L
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    I was part of a group of six that had booked a tour at the Caves of Hella for the afternoon we had arrived in Iceland, so we were exhausted when we arrived. The people in the reception building were extremely friendly with us and began the tour on time, and we were pleased to find that we were being given a tour all on our own, which allowed us to personalise things as we went. Our guide, Stefan, was personable and funny, extremely knowledgable, and a fantastic speaker. He took us through all of the caves and provided a lot of information about what has been learned or inferred about each one while painting quite a picture about what life may have been like when the caves were in use. Despite our exhaustion, we were all mesmerised by the stories and histories provided, and the time flew by. These caves are fascinating, and I would love to come back again in the future to see if anything new may have been learned about them.
    Written 13 August 2023
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    vanuatutu
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    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Family
    I booked the tour of Hella caves for my parents and myself.
    We were on our last day of an Iceland roadtrip I organized. After all the beautiful hikes, waterfalls, camping sites etc we've seen, this was a very welcome and exciting place to be, too.
    The stories about the caves are interesting and told in humorous way; questions are answered patiently. There is time to take pictures, too.
    I'd recommend the early tour at 10 am, because we were only around 6-8 people. Later at 12 am I saw the group was double the size of ours. I think the caves will inspire you more, in a smaller, cozier group.
    Just notice, that there's a lot of standing around, not walking much. It's a cool tour, but not exactly a sport-activity.
    They have a small café, where you can wait before the tour starts, or have a drink after the tour; also a small souvenir shop there with bags, t-shirts, books, cards...
    All in all I recommend.
    Written 9 September 2023
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    griffinthecat
    Seattle, WA11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2023
    I was worried this would be a weird tourist trap and I would regret it. I shouldn't have worried because it was awesome.

    The star of this trip isn't the caves, although they are interesting. Instead, you are treated to the story of Icelandic history in the area and how the different caves were possibly used. It was fascinating and I am so glad we stopped to check this out. It was one of the highlights of our trip.
    Written 29 June 2023
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    ButtressFamily
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the caves and the passionate and knowledgable tour guide. This site deserves the support of government agencies and academic institutions to further the valuable research being started here. Irish historians and academics could lend valuable support.
    Written 10 April 2023
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    MMB
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2023
    Caves of Hella is a new place to visit which locals have known about for generations. We learned the people who created them were more than likely Celtic priests and their followers long before the Vikings arrive....Vikings would never live underground. We were taken through several caves, each with its own purpose...there was an entire settlement here at one time. If your are interested in Celtic history and how people lived before and during the Viking period, this is worth a trip. Sasha our guide was interesting, engaging with all ages...and knew alot - and had a terrific sense of humor!
    Written 3 July 2023
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    alka504
    Philadelphia, PA13 contributions
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    Mar 2024 • Family
    The tour guide was great. My husband and I went with 2 teenagers and 2 younger kids (ages 7 and 11) and all of our kids liked it. The younger kids actually paid attention and listened, and the older ones remarked it was like a whole social studies class (ha). My husband and I really enjoyed learning more about Icelandic history. Thanks so much for one of our favorite activities in Iceland!
    Written 28 March 2024
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    Antony B
    London, UK377 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2023 • Family
    On our fourth trip to Iceland we discovered these caves. I'd only really known the history of the country from the Norse settlements, but our friendly, funny guide Stefan really brought the pre-history to life with his storytelling. He was quite frank that some of what he was saying was conjecture, but the anthropological evidence made sense and it made us think about the possibilities of earlier settlers.
    The caves are interesting in and of themselves, well-lit, and without too much walking. There is a car park on-site, and the small shop/café provided somewhere warm to wait before the tour started.
    Written 5 November 2023
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    Mayanniversary
    14 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2023 • Couples
    Wildly overpriced. I thought the ticket seller told me the conversion cost was $7 usd per person. Turned out to be about $72 for two of us. Shame on me, I should have done my own math. Cool caves, but not worth the cost. I would have rated it 4 or 5 stars had it actually cost $7 per person. My wife would have rated it 3 stars
    Written 19 June 2023
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