If you love a combination of history, nature, and adventure, you will definitely want to check out the Raufarhólshellir lava tube. It was created from the Leitahraun eruption about 5,200 years ago, and when you go in it, you can actually see its inner workings. We were staying in Reykjavik Iceland, and luckily this location is only about a half an hour away from the capital.
When we started the tour, our guides went over safety precautions for the lava tube, and they provided hard hats for the day as well. I am really glad that they focused on safety, and although the experience is an adventure, you can tell that they really care about their visitors. I also liked that the whole time that you visit the tunnel there is a clear path that you will stay on and you are with your group and guide the whole time.
The colors of the tunnel are so beautiful, and the various minerals and metals such as iron create dazzling effects. We had a very cool experience here as well. On the tour, they brought us so far into the earth so that there is no natural light, and for a couple of minutes everyone turned off the lights on their hard hats and you are in complete darkness. There is no light pollution, and you truly are completely in the dark!
Iceland was literally formed by the divergent boundaries of the North American and Eurasian plates, so it was created by volcanoes erupting and creating this beautiful landscape. One notable eruption that has received much news recently was the Fagradalsfjall volcano that suddenly became active in 2020 after 800 years of inactivity. Nature has its own timing it seems, and Iceland truly is the land of fire and ice.
I highly recommend checking out the lava tubes in Iceland, and I will link the one that we went to below. Let me know in the comments if you have gone into the lava tubes, and what you thought of the area as well! I hope that you have a wonderful day, and remember to click that subscribe button!
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