hallmundarhraun

Raufarhólshellir cave is approximately 1360 m long
He is the fourth longest cave in Iceland and the longest outside of the Hallmundarhraun lava field in the Borgarfjörður region. The cave formed as a lava tube during the Leitahraun eruption, which occurred east of the Bláfjöll Mountains about 4600 years ago.
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Oh, fuck fucking fuck fuck fuck. Who’s idea was this???

My phone took shitty pictures of what turned out to be an incredible experience.  Super claustrophobic, this was a bit difficult, but so worth it.  Once I got over the initial fear, I was able to relax and enjoy the beauty of the lava tube and the history of the area as relayed to us by our guide.  Viking camp remains, ice pillars, and elves.  And the most absolute, unrelenting darkness I ever experienced (the guide had us turn off our lights at one point).  And it was awesome!!  Even having to crouch down to squeeze through tight spaces wasn’t as terrifying as I thought it would be.  Hell, I’ll even watch “The Descent” again… maybe.

Hallmundarhraun, Iceland.  July 3, 2015