This tour will allow you to have two adventures rolled into one: combining Icelandic horse riding and an amazing lava caving tour. It is the ideal way to experience some Icelandic wildlife, to a stunning backdrop and then see Iceland from underneath in the dark depths of a lava cave.
Two activity tours in one day. From Reykjavik.
- Horse riding
- Lava tube caving
- Journey's End cave
- Lava fields
Included: Reykjavik pick-up and drop-off, riding tour with equipment, guided caving tour in Cave Leidarendi.
Bring with you: Packed lunch, Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, good hiking shoes and head-wear & gloves.
Requirements: You have to be able to crawl and walk on uneven surfaces in the cave. Maximum weight for horse riding is 110kg/242lb.
Please note: You cannot take any backpacks or bags with you during the horse ride but there are safety boxes at the Riding Center where you can store your valuables.
If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.
The Black Lava Tour - Horses and Caving
Note: Please bring a packed lunch with you, there will be 30 mins allocated for lunch between the activities.
The tour will start bright and early, when we will collect you at your selected pickup location in Reykjavik. Once everyone has been collected, we will take the scenic drive to the Riding Center, where you will catch your first glimpse of Icelandic horses: they are smaller and stockier than traditional horses, which allow them to deal with the colder temperatures better. Then after one of our friendly guides gives you a quick safety briefing we will get out onto the Icelandic trail, delighting in all the treats which await us.
We will trot through the lava fields surrounding the Mt. Helgafell volcano: now inactive, but famous for a 1973 eruption. Continue on through the luscious volcanic hillsides towards the old Kaldarsel sheep corral: all the time surrounded by stunning natural beauty, unique geology and incredible scenery as far as the eye can see. In the distance you will see the Bláfjöll Mountains (Blue Mountains), imperiously grazing the skyline. Our friendly experts always take safe paths through the mountains, making this horse ride perfect for both beginners and experts. So cross the serene Icelandic countryside and gaze in awe at the natural wonders it has to offer.
Then we will wander into the dark depths of the Leiðarendi lava cave, which was carved by volcanic activity over 2000 years ago. A Lava tube cave forms, when the molten lava suddenly cools beneath the surface of the earth: forming a cylindrical tube, and they often contain amazing geology. Leiðarendi lava cave is one of the finest examples of such structures, with its colorful walls and polished rock formations. If you visit during the winter, it will be replete, with ice sculptures: adding another layer to this already magnificent experience. As we traverse the cave: crawling, climbing, clambering and walking through its alien geology: you will gain a new perspective on how volcanic activity has carved our world. These primeval forces are beyond our control and understanding them is an amazing way to get the most out of your magical Icelandic adventure.
Age limit is 10 years. Children 14-18 years old need written parental permission to ride alone.
The weight limit for all tours is 110 Kg a/ 240 Lbs.
Riding gear (riding trousers, jackets, hats, etc.) needs to be washed (40°C), dry cleaned or disinfected before arriving in Iceland. Used leather gear, gloves, and riding boots may not be brought into the country.