Horse riding & Caving
Explore a 2200-year-old lava cave in Bláfjöll mountains and go horse riding on the unique Icelandic horse through the lava fields of Hafnafjörður on this fun tour.
This horse riding adventure starts at Íshestar Riding Center where we saddle up on the stunning Icelandic horses. We go for a ride into the lava surrounding Helgafell volcano and continue on through the lava fields and across beautiful hillsides to the old Kaldársel sheep corral.
As we ride through this majestic scenery you will see different formations in the rough lava and the Bláfjöll Mountains towering above on the horizon. The horses follow safe paths through the beautiful countryside to give you a fun and peaceful horseback experience in Iceland. It is a true stress reliever.
After the horse riding tour, we immerse into the velvet darkness of the Leiðarendi lava cave. Explore and discover the marvels that the volcano created more than 2000 years ago. Leiðarendi cave, situated in one of the most active volcanic areas in the world, is a perfect example of an Icelandic lava tube.
We will climb, crawl and walk our way through the travel beneath the surface. This uniquely daring adventure will exhibit the Icelandic lava fields from two very different perspectives, giving you a good hint of how Iceland was created and how the primeval forces of nature continue to shape it every day!
- Available: All year
- Duration: 7 hours
- Activities: Caving, Horse Riding
- Difficulty: Easy
- Minimum age: 10 years old
- Languages: English
Leidarendi is a lava tube located in the Tvibollahraun lava field, close to the Blue Mountains in Southwest Iceland, about a 25 minutes drive from Reykjavik.
Go here to find the Leiðarendi cave tour.
Leidarendi is notable for its incredibly diverse and colourful scenery, and is considered a prime example of an Icelandic lava tube.
A distinctive feature of Leidarendi is various lava flakes that have fallen from its walls and roof, due to frost and erosion. These flakes indicate the many different lava streams that have flowed there subsequently throughout the ages. In the cave you will further see cave walls polished by lava streams along with stalagmites, stalactites and other fascinating formations. In winter you are likely to see glistening natural ice sculptures in the cave, adding further beauty to the already otherworldly scene.
As the cave is sensitive ask you to show uttermost care, so you and others may continue to enjoy the marvelous sights of Leidarendi and learn firsthand about Iceland's geological history, to which the cave bears proud witness.
The Blue Mountains are a beautiful mountain range of the tuff type, located around 20 km from Reykjavik, by the lava plateau of Hellisheidi. The mountains are the most popular skiing venue for the people of Reykjavik and its surroundings.
The mountains offer excellent slopes for downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and snowboards. The area is strong with volcanic activity, with frequent earthquakes and the lava that became Kristnitokuhraun lava field flowed from there in the year 1000. Kristnitokuhraun is located at the outskirts of the Blue Mountains. Also in the area is the fascinating underworld of the lava tube Leidarendi.
Helgafell is a farm and church site, by a 73 m hill of the same name, and located on Thorsnes, south of Stykkisholmur on Snaefellsnes peninsula. It was a large farm for centuries and had a monastery in the Middle Ages.
In the settlement age, a temple in honour of the thundergod Thor was located at the foot of the hill. Also, according to Laxdaela Saga, heroine Gudrun Osvifursdottir is buried by the hill. In pagan times the mountain was indeed said to be the home for dead people.
Starting time : 09:00
Pick-up from Reykjavík, caving and horse riding.
What to bring:
Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves.