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Photo Gallery :: Icelandic Lava Caves


Iceland's active volcanoes have created a series of networks of lava caves - ranging from short cavities within the lava fields, to a few extensive caves of more than 1km in length. On our recent visit we were fortunate enough to be taken to a few sites by some local cavers. Here are a few of the photos we took on an extremely wet day on the Reykjanes Peninsular in Iceland, 2010. Special thanks go to Gudni, Ragnar, Halldór and Vladimir at the Icelandic speleological society (Hellarannsóknafélag Íslands) - to Björn at - and to Ed and Hayley for helping put us in touch with the right people.

Lava Stalagmite
HyperLink A Lava Stalagmite in an Icelandic Lava Cave HyperLink
A fine stalagmite in an Icelandic Lava tube. These unusual formations are created when lava flowing in the tube heats the lava tube roof sufficiently for it to start to melt. In this instance, molten lava has dripped from the lava tube roof and has been deposited on a lava bench to one side of the main gallery.
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