The Lava Field
The drive to the cave from Reykjavik only takes around 25-30 minutes and the cave's entrance is just a short distance from the road.
Stóri-Bolli (“Big-Cup”), is a scoria crater and is about 150 m in diameter. The Leidarendi lava tube was created about 2000 years ago when an eruption started in Stóri-Bolli from where its namesake lava field Stóra-Bollahraun flowed thus forming the cave within it. You will be able see the craters from the side of the cave.
When the cave was first discovered, the skeleton of a little lamb was found deep inside it. Nobody knows how it got there but we can be sure that it had a hard time there in the total darkness. It’s believed that the lamb might have stumbled and fallen into the cave at some point. The skeleton is still inside the cave and we will have the opportunity to see it during our tour.
On All Fours
This tour doesn’t require special skills but you have to keep in mind that you’ll be walking on uneven surfaces and at places where the ceiling is pretty low, on all fours. In some places the cave's ceiling and walls are broken or collapsed which can be a challenge. Leidarendi lava tube is considered by many to be a magnificent subterranean wonderland. The entrance is just a small pit that leads down into the cave. The cave itself actually runs in both directions and then connects in two places so it forms a line with a circle in the middle.
We'll be using torches rather than headlights, for a few reasons. The main one being that headlights are weaker than torches and it might be difficult to point them in the right direction.
Our main concerns during this tour are your safety and respect for nature. Here in Iceland, we want to keep natural phenomena in their raw unspoilt state so you won’t find any handrails, lights or other safety devices installed in or around the caves. We rely completely on the equipment that we bring with us and it is important that people respect our instructions. You shouldn’t be afraid to go caving in Iceland as you’ll be in safe hands with our expert guides. Cave Leiðarendi hasn't changed in over 2000 years!