Cave Buri in Leitahraun Lava Field - Caving Tour EI04
One of Earth's most spectacular lava tube caves
Explore inside a unique underground world with ice sculptures, lava tunnels and a 17 metres high vertical pit made from a lava fall. Buri is probably the most prized of all Icelandic lava tube caves. Its size is unrivaled in Iceland, the largest chambers are about 10 metres in height and 10 metres wide.
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Buri Cave: One hour drive from Reykjavik
After a 50- 60 minute drive from Reykjavik and a 20-30 minute hike, we come to the cave's entrance in the Leitahraun lava field in the Reykjanes peninsula. The eruption which formed the Leitahraun-lava field was colossal and therefore the lava tube cave Buri is also massive.
Buri is probably the most prized of all Icelandic lava tube caves. Bjorn Hroarsson volcanospeleologist discovered Buri May 7th, 2005 and that find was considered one of the more remarkable discoveries in Speleology in Iceland over the last 1000 years. Buri is over one kilometre long and is also very wide but is difficult to trek.
Buri has some spectacular lava formations and its size is unrivaled in Iceland. The largest chambers are 10 metres high and 10 metres wide. The last 400 metres of the cave are so spectacular they are said to be unrivaled by other similar caves anywhere in the world.
At the innermost section of the cave, there is a 17 metres high vertical pit made from a lava fall, and this is known to be the deepest lava pit on earth.
** Only for travelers in a good physical condition. Travelers with knee or back problems are advised not to tour **
The route to Buri lava tube cave isn’t the easiest one. It starts with a drive of up to an hour from Reykjavik which is followed by a hike of up to half an hour to the cave’s entrance.
The entrance is very narrow, but when you are inside you stand in a great chamber filled with ice sculptures and formations of all sizes. Cave Buri is over one kilometre long and is also very wide but is difficult to trek.
Icicles in the Winter
Those ice formations are most spectacular in the late winter, but Extreme Iceland takes tours to the Buri lava tube cave at any season of the year. Going through the chamber of ice and up the icy slope at the back of the chamber is not easy. This is not a trek for everyone and it would not suit anyone suffering from any kind of health issue.
After the ice slope has been climbed, the trek follows a wide and rocky tunnel, the rocky part of the tunnel is almost 700 metres long, but after that the floor remains almost completely flat all the way to the lava pit.
There are probably few man-made structures that can rival the natural beauty of Buri lava cave visually.
Travelers are given enough time to really take in the unique and extraordinary beauty deep inside the Icelandic landscape before we trek back to the clean and crisp air of the Icelandic wilderness.