This is where we originate from… The area all around the Snaefells glacier contains hundreds of lava tubes, which makes the area really special for those interested in caves.
The cave itself is an 8000 year old lava tube created by volcanic eruption from a nearby crater in the Purkhólar crater family. As the lava rushed down the hill in a lava river it started to cool on the surface, creating a crust on top of the lava river. As the eruption stopped, all the lava from underneath this crust continued to drain out and eventually left behind empty tube with roof on top that gradually cooled down.
It is one of the most easily accessible cave in Iceland, however you need to be reasonably fit to participate. Exactly how fit is difficult to say, but if you can walk up 2-3 story building without stopping and if you don’t have trouble walking on uneven surfaces you should be fine.
At the Cave entry
Local guide, helmet, flashlight
Hiking shoes, warm clothing, gloves.
Participants need to be reasonably fit and be able to walk "up" a 2-3 story building without stopping and not having trouble walking on uneven surfaces.