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Report - Lava Tube Cave Leidarendi - Iceland, Oct 2013

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by Lenston, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. Lenston

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    A recent trip to Iceland we took a trip down this lava cave, if you havnt been to Iceland yet i cant rate it highly enough, its an amazing place.
    Apologies for the rough shots (Tripod at hotel )

    Cave Leidarendi is about 900 meters long and situated in a lava field near a volcanic crater southeast of the town of Hafnarfjordur. It was first mapped in 1992. The cave's name translates as "End of the Journey" and was so named because of the carcass of a dead sheep which lies at the far end of the cave, where it reached its End of the Journey. It obviously fell into the cave through a shakehole and was not able to climb out.

    Stori-Bolli is a crater (about 150 metres in diameter) south-south-east of the town of Hafnarfjordur. From Stori-Bolli crater came the namesake lava field, Stora-Bollahraun and in it was the lava tube Leidarendi created. It only takes 25-30 minutes to drive to the cave from Reykjavik and the cave's entrance is just a short distance from the road. Leidarendi lava tube is considered to be a subterranean wonder world. The entrance is a small pit that leads down into the cave; the cave itself runs in both directions and connects in two parts so it runs in a circle.

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