Volcanic Veins & The Golden Circle (off-season)

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Volcanic Veins & The Golden Circle (off-season)

Description to the Leidarendi Cave Tour

We will enter through narrow cave entrances and find they open out to reveal an extraordinary scenery of lava formations and unexpected colours. You will see natural stalactites and different rock formations making this an experience of majestic and almost indescribable beauty.

We recommend you wear good walking shoes or hiking boots which are suitable for walking on uneven lava surfaces.

We’ll be using torches and not headlights. There are a few reasons for that, mainly because headlights are weaker than torches and it is difficult to point them in the correct direction.

The cave’s name translates to “End of the Journey”. It was so named because the carcass of a dead sheep which reached its “End of Journey” and is found at the far end of the cave. It is likely that the sheep fell into the cave through a shakehole and was not able to climb out of it.

Cave Leidarendi is about 900 metres long and it is situated near a volcanic crater south-east of the town of Hafnarfjordur. It was first mapped in 1992.

On All Fours
The cave’s ceiling and walls are broken or collapsed in very few places and it is therefore easy to navigate. Sometimes the cave’s ceiling gets a bit low so you might have to crawl for a short distance.

Leidarendi lava tube is considered to be a subterranean wonder world. The entrance is a small pit that leads down into the cave; the cave itself runs in both directions and connects in two parts so it runs as a line with a circle in the middle.

The Golden Circle
This classic tour will take you to three of Iceland’s most popular attractions, Gullfoss, Geysir and the National Park Thingvellir. Along the way we will make stops at other interesting places, Geothermal Exhibition at Hellisheidi Power Plant, Faxi waterfall and crater Kerid, for instance. The Golden Circle tour is also operated in a minibus.

At Thingvellir National Park the Great Atlantic rift which is slowly pulling Iceland apart is clearly visible. The Icelandic Parliament Alþingi was established in the year 930 AD.

From Thingvellir you continue to Gullfoss Waterfall (meaning “Golden Falls”). The longest stop will be here.

We visit the hot spring geothermally active valley of Haukadalur which contains the super or Great Geysir which very rarely spouts now, but when it does it can spew steaming water 200 feet skywards.

The geysir Strokkur spouts about every few minutes and projects hot water and steam about 60-100 feet into the air. In this area there are many walking paths giving you a great view of steaming vents and colourful, mineral-rich mud formations.

You will be visiting some of the very best known historical sites and natural phenomena in Iceland.  

What's included?

  • Pick up in Reykjavik
  • All transportation
  • Caving tour for 1.5 - 2 hours
  • Flash light, gloves and helmet
  • Transfer back to Reykjavik for a separate tour to the Golden Circle.

What do I need to bring?

  • Lunch pack (see more info here below), warm clothes and sturdy shoes (can be rented from us).

Lunch Arrangements

We drive you to Reykjavik where you will have about half an hour between tours. It might be enough time to quickly buy a lunch pack in the nearest supermarket, if you have forgotten to bring yours. There will be places where you can buy something to eat during the Golden Circle tour, but you will probably be hungry at this time.
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Tour information:

  • Duration:
    11 HOURS
  • Booking Cutoff Hours:
    2
  • Activities:
    Yes
  • Location:
    Geysir
  • Location:
    Golden Circle
  • Location:
    Gullfoss
  • Location:
    Þingvellir
  • Languages:
    EN
  • Highlights:
    Caving, Geysir, Golden Circle, Gullfoss, Leiðarendi, Strokkur, Þingvellir,

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