We followed our exhilarating glacier walk in Solheimajokul with yet any another amazing Icelandic adventure – exploring the amazing subterranean wonder world of lava tubes!
Being a volcanic island, about 11% of Iceland’s surface is covered with lava fields. Lying underneath these fields are lava tubes, the natural phenomena that were formed when surface lava solidified while flowing magma continues to move underneath. We explored the lava tube cave of Leidarendi located under the lava field near a volcanic crater in the Blue Mountain area. It is only about half an hour drive from Reykjavik.
Keith and I were joined in this adventure by my long time travel buddies, Carol and Paul. Geared with helmets and flashlights, our guide from Extreme Iceland led us on a walk through a lava field to the narrow entrance of Leidarendi lava tube. Descending into the pit entailed some rock scrambling.
The map of the 900-meter long Leidarendi Cave. It was first mapped in 1992.
Leidarendi means “End of the Journey”. It was so named after this skeletal remain of a sheep, which reached its “End of Journey,” was discovered in the cave. It was thought to have fallen from a shakehole and was never able to climb out.
Exploring the lava tube cave was a unique adventure that we thoroughly enjoyed. We recommend the experience if you visit Iceland. Although this cave is considered to be one of the more accessible in Iceland and is rated “easy”, it can be difficult in some places. We don’t recommend it to those who are not comfortable in confined spaces and to those who have a hard time bending and walking in uneven ground.
- We booked this trip with Extreme Iceland. We found it a very reputable company with very seasoned guides.
- The trip cost included caving gear (helmet and flashlight), transportation, seafood dinner and northern light hunting.
- This activity can be done all year round.
- Warm clothes and hiking shoes with good ankle support are recommended.