Explore a subterranean pass with a fiery past on this lava tube caving excursion through Gjábakkahellir in Thingvellir National Park.
Totally untouched by mankind, travel back 9,000 years to when Iceland was one of the early world's most volatile volcanos. Beautifully preserved, this enormous lava tunnel is renowned for its bright red rock formations and ice sculptures in the heart of Thingvellir National Park. Considered a prime example of an Icelandic lava tube, Gjábakkahellir offers breathtaking sights and challenging terrain. With only a headlamp to light the way, travel deep into the cave system to understand how the Golden Circle's famous attractions were formed.
Gjábakkahellir is situated in Thingvellir National Park. Close to popular attractions in the Golden Circle, Laugarvatn is close to Gullfoss, Geysir and Selfoss - only one hour from central Reykjavik. Home to the rift valley, the only place in the world where a country is both simultaneously being pulled apart and growing at the same time, the Continental Drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates has a high concentration of volcanic activity and newly formed lava fields are widespread.
Head off course and explore a brave new world beneath your feet on this 2-hour caving excursion in Gjábakkahellir. Meet your guide at the mouth of the cave and discover a 364 meter (1194 feet) long lava tube that was formed 9,000 years ago under Thingvellir National Park. The entrances are very close to the main road and require no technical rope skills or abseiling - making it great for young families, too. During the winter it offers magnificent ice sculptures and unique formations that hug the ceiling to form a rapier-like chandelier. Those looking for beautiful lava formations and igneous stones will find Teat Stalactites, shelves and many other amazing formations in here. Even though this cave has a strict 'no souvenirs' policy, keep a look out for mantle gemstones that twinkle in the cave walls...
Whilst easy to access, Gjábakkahellir has no man-made structures or installed lights, making it one of few accessible caves that remain intact and pristine. Use of both hands and feet is needed and some bending over/crouching is required but this tour is otherwise an easy activity suitable for the whole family.