Leidarendi cave is one of few accessible lava tube caves that are still in their original raw state. Expect a fast-paced and fun-filled action tour through the 2000-year-old tube and be ready to crouch or even crawl through some parts.
The drive to Leidarendi cave takes only 30 minutes from Reykjavik, but there is plenty to see as you pass through the vast lava fields that surround the capital area of Reykjavik.
Once at the cave, you will be equipped with all the necessary gear, and after a short safety briefing, you will enter the cave guided by an expert guide and a small group of like-minded adventurers.
You will spend approximately one hour in the cave, moving carefully through the tunnel of natural lava with the most fantastic display of colours and lava formations. The colours in the cave range from basalt grey to beautiful red, purple and yellow and in the winter the cave can be filled with glass-like icicles hanging from the ceiling. As with most lava tubes that are still in their raw state, you will see lava straws hanging from the ceiling and lava drip stalagmites rising from the floor. Some take on the strangest forms, and some even look as if elves have made them.
The cave has been like frozen in time since the last eruption took place, or 1000 years, as the cave was only discovered some 30 years ago. There are no walkways or rails, and your only source of light is from the beam of the headlamp on your helmet. This makes this a thrilling adventure.
There are over 600 lava tubes that have been discovered in Iceland and the lava formations are protected by law. We are proud to play our part in the conservation and education about these wonders of the world. We appreciate your role as a responsible traveller, helping us on our mission to preserve the lava tube caves for the generations to come.
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