Join us on this small group adventure tour, where your guide takes you to the lava fields of Reykjanes. This site is the heart of a nearby volcanic system Krýsuvík that last erupted some 850 years ago.
After just a short drive from Reykjavík, we turn off the beaten track and head into the lava field south of the city. The view is stunning, and the lava field with its strange formations bring to life all the troll stories that were meant to keep people away, and it doesn't take more than a few steps in almost impassable lava to understand the bad reputation of this area that the past generations called the Burntlands.
Travelling over the mountain pass at Háuhnjúkar, we enter the volcanic area to take in the raw beauty of lake Kleifarvatn. The black sand beaches and the unique rock formations that make up the hills and the mountains are made of ash, and volcanic debris and the lake itself was formed by a melting glacier.
Calm on the surface, but the lake sits right on top of the fault lines on the tectonic divide and actually hides some beautiful hot springs underneath the surface which make it a popular snorkelling site in summer.
The Krýsuvík volcanic system looks nothing like the classic cone shape mountain. The fault lines cross all the way to the capital area, so it is under constant watch and one of the most researched geothermal areas in Iceland. We'll hike the path between bubbling fumaroles at the geothermal site, Seltún, that sits on top of the massive magma chamber and you can literally see, hear and smell the earth boiling.
After that, we head to the lava fields again and on to Leiðarendi cave that was formed some 2000 years ago. The cave is completely natural with no man-made pathways or artificial lights, and it is one of few accessible caves that has not been “developed” for mass tourism. This is the best way to experience the colourful inside of the lava field, an expert guide and a small group of like-minded adventurers.
Fully equipped with helmets and headlamps, we enter the cave and work our way through the rockfalls and low ceilings, even on all four at times. Not to worry though, as there are no tight spaces you have to squeeze through and your guide will always adjust the route to fit each group best.
After our caving adventure, we will head back into the city for the afternoon. Don't miss this fantastic exploration of the hidden gem that is Reykjanes peninsula. Check availability by choosing a date.
Be prepared for short 5-10 min hikes on rocky terrain in the volcanic landscape around Kleifarvatn lake and the geothermal site.
The cave is a natural lava tube with no man-made pathways or artificial light, some bending over and even short crawling may be necessary.