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The Cave People

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.

The Cave People


GPS Points N64° 12' 58.572" W20° 53' 1.630"

+354 888-1922

Opening period All year

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Laugarvatn Camping Ground
  • Háholt 2c
  • 840 Laugarvatn
  • 7714777
Háholt Cosyhouse
  • Háholt
  • 840 Laugarvatn
  • 862-4809
Laugarvatn HI Hostel
  • Dalbraut 10
  • 840 Laugarvatn
  • 486-1215, 899-5409
Austurey cottages
  • Austurey 1
  • 806 Selfoss
  • 7730378
  • Hallkelshólar
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 566-7444, 892-7181, 693-4322
Torfastaðakot 15/Sigurhæð
  • Torfstaðakot
  • 801 Selfoss
Galleri Laugarvatn / café
  • Háholt 1
  • 840 Laugarvatn
  • 486-1016, 486-1017, 847-0805
Birkihof Lodge
  • Eyrarbraut 11
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 778-9052, 692-4094
  • Konungsvegur 1
  • 840 Laugarvatn
Golden Circle Apartments
  • Laugarbraut 1, 3 & 5
  • 840 Laugarvatn
  • 537-8060
Heiðarbraut 22
  • Heiðarbraut 22
  • 801 Selfoss
Hraunborgir Camping ground
  • Grímsnesi
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 486-4414
Minniborgir Cottages
  • Grímsnes
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 3548683, 863-3592
Borg Camping ground
  • Borg, Grímsnesi
  • 801 Selfoss
  • 767-3411
15.77 km
Apavatn lake

Apavatn is a lake in southwest Iceland. With a surface area of around 13 km².

Apavatn is renowned for its good fishing, especially trout. This lake is historically important as can be read in one of the country's Sagas (Sturlunga). It is said that one of Iceland's ancient poets, Sighvatur Þórðarson, who lived in the 11th century, received his gift of poetry from eating a strange fish he caught in Apavatn.

17.07 km

Brúará is fed by springs and discharges at the Rótarsandur Area and the Brúará Canyons. It is a right tributary of the Hvítá. The whole river course is designated as a nature protected area.

History and Culture
24.81 km
Skálholt Church

Situated in the lower part of the Biskupstungur valley between the rivers Hvítá and Brúará, Skálholt is one of Iceland's places of special historical interest. For seven centuries it was the scene of the most dramatic events which shaped the political, spiritual and cultural life in Iceland. Its early history is traced back to the 11th century when religious disputes were at their sharpest in Iceland. Within two centuries of the settlement of Iceland, the first bishopric was founded at Skálholt in 1056 for South Iceland, and soon a second at Hólar in 1109 for North Iceland.

The man who chose Skálholt as the site of the first Episcopal see in Iceland was Ísleifur (1006 - 1080), son of Gissur the White. Skálholt had earlier been his patrimonial estate and his grandfather, Teitur Ketilbjarnarson, was the first settler there. According to an old account, Skálholt was at that time "the largest town in Iceland". Ísleifur's father, who was a wealthy aristocrat and a redoubtable political figure as well, played a decisive role in the Christianization of Iceland and the future status of the church. He built the first church in Iceland at Skálholt around the year 1000.

In the 12th century bishop Klængur Þorsteinsson built a great cathedral at Skálholt. It was a sumptuous edifice made of timber shipped from Norway. For centuries Skálholt was the centre of learning and culture in Iceland, a status which lasted up to the Reformation in 1550.

In 1954, a team of archaeologists, while digging up the foundations of the old cathedral, came upon a sarcophagus which was believed to contain the skeleton of Páll Jónsson, one of the most powerful bishops of Skálholt. His sarcophagus, together with a few relics found at the scene, is now on display in an underground vault beneath the new memorial church built during 1956-1963 on the site of the old cathedral. All churches in Scandinavia contributed financially to its construction.

The last Catholic bishop of Iceland, Jón Arason, was executed at Skálholt in 1550, along with his two sons. He had opposed the Reformation imposed upon Iceland by King Christian III of Denmark. Today, a memorial stands at the site of the execution. Arason's Episcopal robes are on display at the National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavík.

Today, Skálholt is visited for the new cathedral, the tomb of bishops, the museum, and the collection of ancient books in the tower.

South Iceland

Towns & Villages

The south of Iceland has several towns and villages, each with its own style, charm and points of interest. Selfoss is the largest town and has a variety of shops, services, many restaurants and fast food places. Most towns are close to the main route, making them accessible and enjoyable.

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Map Höfn Kirkjubæjarklaustur Vík Vestmannaeyjar Hvolsvöllur Flúðir Laugarvatn Reykholt Laugarás Borg Brautarholt Hveragerði Árnes Selfoss Hella Stokkseyri Eyrarbakki Þykkvibær Þórlákshöfn