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Leidarendi Lava Caves Tours
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With its tunnels of multi-hued lava tubes, dripping with stalactites and dotted with peculiar rock formations, the Leiðarendi lava caves are a subterranean fantasyland. The Leiðarendi caves take their name—which translates as “the end of the journey”—from the carcass of a dead sheep that is found at the end of a tunnel (you can still see the bones), but intrepid travelers needn’t worry as seasoned guides keep everyone safe.
Exploring the Leiðarendi lava caves is a popular adventure day trip from Reykjavik, with its rugged terrain requiring visitors to scramble, clamber, and crawl through the narrow passageways, using flashlights to light the way. The cave itself can only be accessed with a certified tour guide, and many full-day tours combine a lava caving adventure with activities such as snorkelling at the Silfra fissure, a swim in the Reykjadalur hot springs, or a Jeep or ATV tour of the Reykjanes Peninsula.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Cave tours include helmets, safety equipment, and full instruction, but bring warm clothes, hiking boots, a waterproof jacket, and plenty of water.
- Follow the rules and avoid touching or disturbing any of the cave’s natural structures in order to preserve the fragile rock formations.
- There is no cell phone coverage or WiFi at the Leidarendi Lava Caves.
- Due to the natural terrain, the Leidarendi lava tube is not wheelchair accessible and is not suitable for children under 5.
How to Get There
The Leidarendi lava caves are located just southeast of Hafnarfjordur, about a 30-minute drive from Reykjavik, and close to the Blue Mountains in southwest Iceland. There is no public transport to the caves, and most guided tours include round-trip transfers from Reykjavik.
When to Get There
The Leiðarendi lava tubes are open year-round, but the most popular time to visit is summer. Plan an early morning tour if you want to avoid the crowds and always book ahead to avoid disappointment. Visiting in winter means you will be at the mercy of the weather, although cancellations are rare.
Discovering the Land of Fire and Ice
The Leiðarendi tube caves are one of the most accessible lava tubes in Iceland. The natural phenomenon was formed more than 2,000 years ago when hot magma flowed over already petrified lava. The network of caves run beneath the Stora-Holuhraun lava field for more than half a mile and are renowned for their spectacular lava formations, including solid lava streams, lava flakes, stalagmites, and stalactites, as well as natural ice sculptures, which form in winter.
Address: Hafnarfjordur, Iceland
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Leidarendi Lava Caves
Considered among Iceland’s most intriguing natural phenomena, the Leidarendi Cave was formed as lava cooled following huge volcanic eruptions. On this tour, delve underground on the Reykjanes Peninsula to explore the cave with your guide, and find out what makes this subterranean cavern so special. Admire colorful rock formations and ancient stalagmites, and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour—limited to eight people.
Visit Iceland's Reykjanes Peninsula on this full-day private tour from Reykjavik by super Jeep. You'll explore the volcanic landscapes of the island's southwest region and check out an underground network of lava caves — part of Iceland's seemingly endless natural wonders. Transport is by specially modified Jeep with hotel pickup and drop-off provided.
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Go caving in a lava tube and snorkeling in a fissure between two tectonic plates on this adventure through Iceland’s lava fields. Perfect for nature enthusiasts who want to maximize their time in Iceland, this tour combines two outdoor adventures in one excursion. Plus, pickup and drop-off from Reykjavik hotels and the Reykjavik Domestic Airport mean you don’t have to worry about renting a car.
Discover some of Iceland’s most stunning volcanic landscapes during this in-depth, full-day tour, capped at four people per guide. Travel between locations in a comfortable, WIFI-equipped vehicle, and explore deep in the earth’s surface with provided helmets, headlamps, and crampons. Highlights include two ancient lava caves, scenic Kleifarvatn Lake, a hike across steaming lava fields, and a glimpse of the iconic Blue Lagoon.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Combining caving and the Golden Circle tour in Iceland gives you a unique experience of the Icelandic nature. You will see the wonders of the Icelandic nature while driving through the country site and explore the underworld wonders of the Icelandic lava fields by visiting the cave, Leiðarendi.
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