So, you are going to trip to the catacombs, hunting for the North Lights. It is time to find the best place to see the amazing view of Iceland – North Lights and underground caves. Of course, it is very important to have reliable support in form of off-road jeep. You can hire a good car in Reykjavik and start you journey from there with the touristic group of alone.
SUPER-SIMPLE UNDERGROUND JOURNEY IN ONE DAY
You should go to Leidarendi – one of the most popular lava tubes in Iceland. It was formed more than 4600 years ago. The cave is easy to find if you have right car and right shoes. Underground trip is interesting adventure. You will spend about 2-3 hours, exploring strange underground formations and colors. The cave is 1360 meter long. You can get inside in 4 different ways, situated close to each other. The lava tubes are natural tunnels where the lava was running many years ago.
You can stay underground for an hour or two and go up to the seaside. You will see beautiful landscapes of the South Iceland. Soon, you will see the Westman Islands, Eyjafjallajökull and Tindfjöll ice-flows, Hekla volcano and Atlantic Ocean. Your way goes straight to the little cozy village on the South to get tasty dinner!
If you finished your dinner, it is right time to go hunting for the North Lights. As a rule, the lights appear on the height of 90-130 kilometers above the sea level. The North Lights are result of the solar activity. The atmosphere is lighting up with the bright colors. You can admire it and take interesting pictures.
Difficulties You Can Meet
This journey is just for travellers, who dare to snake over the lava surfaces. The ceiling and walls of the cave are destroyed in many places. Sometimes, the ceiling is not high enough to cross it from one place to another.
WINTER TOUR IN TWO DAYS – NORTH LIGHTS AND VATNSHELLIR CAVES
The impressive winter tour with the beautiful ocean view! What makes this trip interesting? Of course, it is all about the North Lights. It takes you about 2 days to admire the charming landscapes of Snaefellsness and take pictures of the North Lights.
The tour starts from Hvalfjordur, where you can find beautiful views. This is a quiet place where you can stay alone. You should go along the road to reach the Skorradalur Valley to see the most beautiful lake. The next step is Deildartunguhver Thermal Source that is the best in Europe. The water temperature is about 97 heating! Finally, you should go to Reykholt – a little village in the Reykholtssdalur Valley.
One of the most memorable points of your travelling is Harunfossar Waterfalls, situated not far from Reykholt. The falls consist of the separate flows, going down from the height of 900 meters through the lava field. The water flows to Hvita River. Your touristic route takes you through the Hnappadalur Valley to get the Gerduberg – impressive natural wall made of basalt columns. There is a mineral water source that is called Raudamelsolkelda. You can try this unique and healthful water and admire the beautiful waterfall.
The second day should be spent for travelling over the Snaefellsnes Island. Cross the Kirkjufell Mountain on your way to Olafsvik and other fish villages like Rif and Heillisandur in the North part of Iceland. The Hellissandur radio tower is 412 meters high. You should stop at this tower. This is the highest construction in the Western Europe. It was built in 1963. The tower was rebuilt to be the antenna for Iceland Broadcasting Service. Then your way goes to Ondverdarnes, the Western part of Snaefellsness. The landscapes are more than admirable!
If you have enough time, you can come to see the amazing Svortuloft Rocks on the go. It takes you a little time. So, as you can see, the surface of Snaefellsjokull is made if lava lakes and craters.
Black Sand Beaches
The next stop is black sand of Djupalonssandur and Dritvik. That was the place for fishing development. These beaches are the most interesting places for visiting. You can find unusual black rocks and black gravel-stones. If you have enough time, you can have a short walk along the seaside to get from one beach to another. Then, you will go to Hellnar – another beautiful village, to enjoy the mountain and sea view. The next point is Arnarstapi village to explore the interesting and unusual basalt formations on the seaside.
One of the most interesting points of your travelling is visiting caves in the Snaefellsnes National Park. To visit Vatnshellir needs no preparations. You can get helmet, gloves and lights on arrival. There are two sections inside the lava tube: the upper section contains a lot of unique formations of lava statues. The lower section is step aside from the upper section. You can reach it by climbing down the narrow ladder. The lower section is hidden deep into the ground for more than thousands of years. It is about 7000 years ago. Visiting cave is really interesting adventure. Your hearing and smelling are sharp. There is no sound and no smell in the cave.
Arnarstapi Fishing Village
You can see the sculpture to Bardur Snaefellsas on the Arnarstapi beach. It was half a mean, half a monster. The legend says that this monster was hidden inside the Snaefellsjokull ice-tower. One more step is Raudfeldsgja Gorge. You will find a beautiful water stream there that starts its way from the giant cave in the ground. It is time to walk along the gorge to explore it.
So, it is time to come back to Reykjavik along the Vegamot and Borgarnes. Never miss your chance to see the North lights. Probably, if the weather is good, your pictures are going to be amazing. You have to take warm clothes, socks, boots, water and wind resist clothes and coat. Oh, never forget about balaclava and hat.