"Eric was such a lovely tour guide, very friendly , funny and we felt very relaxed and comfortable on tour with him. Throughout the whole tour he kept us informed, socialised and took photos for us! We visited such amazing places like Krysavik - Seltun which was breathtaking and we had a chance to explore a cave, where he made the experience fun and entertaining..."
Would you like to walk on a steaming volcano or see what the lava field looks like on the inside?
Join our 4-hour tour to the Volcanic Unesco Geo-park in Reykjanes to find out and see the awesome forces that are still shaping our moon like island.
The Black lake Kleifarvatn
Seltun Geothermal site
Krýsuvík Volcanic system
Leidarendi Caving tour
Pickup from your hotel in Reykjavik
Guided volcano & cave tour with an expert local guide
Small group of max 6 guests per guide
Open voucher for the Volcano House exhibit
Specialized caving gear
Difficulty Rating: Moderate
From pickup of your choosing in Reykjavik, we make you feel at home in our small group of max 6 guests per guide.
Within minutes of driving, you are surrounded by the moss-covered lava. You will see the flat and smooth Pahoehoe lava and the mean looking AA lava with it‘s monster-like rock formations.
In the old days, these were the Badlands of the area, almost impassable on foot and a danger to the local livestock but today the lava fields play new role as adventure haven for geologists and travelers that want more from their stay than the busy sightseeing bus stops.
The Mid Atlantic Mountain Range
Leaving the civilized asphalt behind we enter a dirt road to cross the mountain ridge and into the heart of the volcanic system at lake Kleifarvatn. Also called the Black Lake, it is known for its dramatic looking tuff rock formations and black sand beaches. The lake is one of the deepest in Iceland with a max depth of 97 meters or roughly 300 feet and it is a popular spot for fishing the Arctic char during summer but it also attracts the more adventurous snorkelers and divers due to the geothermal hot springs found in some parts of the lake. We take our time capturing the scenery at the lake but we then move on to Krýsuvík.
Standing on a steaming volcano
Krýsuvík is one of Iceland's most colorful geothermal sites with bubbling mud pots and steaming fumaroles. With the magma chamber right under our feet, at the depth of 4 km it's no wonder that all this groundwater is turned to steam. There are few places that show as clearly as this one that this part of the land is in an ongoing development and "dormant" is definitely not the first word that comes to mind.
Inside the lava field
It is now time to explore the inside of the lava and we do that by entering a natural tunnel or a lava tube cave that is formed during the eruption phase. With more than 600 lava tube caves in the area, we move over to the Sulfur Mountains Brennisteinsfjöll to find a suitable cave. We like our caves to be in their raw natural state and without any installed platforms or lights. That's what we call a proper caving adventure.
We get ready putting on the helmets and headlamps to then walk underneath the crust of the lava field and into the lava tunnel.
Once in the tunnel, the underworld opens up in the beam of your headlamp with colors ranging from bright yellow to purple and read. You can walk upright most of the time but there can be low ceilings in parts of the cave where we bend down or squat through using our hands for support. With utmost care, we move along the tube seeing both the lava straws hanging from the ceiling above us and the lava drip stalagmite up close by the wall of the tunnel. It‘s another world and it is easy to forget the outside world for the approx. 50 minutes we spend in the cave.
We warm up after caving on a hot cup of chocolate before heading back to Reykjavik, concluding our short half day adventure tour in the Reykjanes Geo Park.
Leaving nothing behind
The caves in this area are filled with unique colorful lava rock formations that have been frozen in time for 2000 years and we show our respect by treading lightly, leaving nothing behind and taking nothing but pictures and memories.
Please note: The cave entrance and cave floor is, in some parts of the cave, covered with rocks that can be unstable. Some crouching and bending/crawling may be required.
Good sneakers or hiking shoes are necessary and gloves or mittens are nice to have. Dress warmly as the average temperature in the cave is 2°C/35°F.
Also note: our tours are (virtually) weather-proof! If there's a storm or bad weather on the day - we have you covered with safe and super-fun storm-hiking and SUV touring when things get rough!
Book now for your volcano and caving adventure!