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Offline Vulcan

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Advice about Iceland’s lava tubes (again)
« on: July 02, 2017, 09:22:35 pm »
We (Me and family) are going to be to Iceland early next year (January to march) for a few days and would like to explore a lava tube. We will be staying in the Selfoss area. Ideally we would like to avoid hiring a guide and explore it ourselves (we all cave/climb).

Is there website/guide book etc that includes the lava tubes in that area? Failing that does anyone have any recommendations of good lava tubes in that area that will be accessible?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Advice about Iceland’s lava tubes (again)
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2017, 09:33:41 pm »
Snow will limit access to most places (tubes / roads) even in March.  Think again. 

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Re: Advice about Iceland’s lava tubes (again)
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2017, 09:02:04 am »
There are lava tubes just off (about 5 metres) the road from Laugarvatn to Pingvellir. The road is part of the 'Golden Circle' tourist route used by coaches all year round so should be open. If not, you could park on the main road (365) and walk up, but only if the weather is good.
There are more tubes south of Reykjavik, south of the 417. These are more interesting, with some squeezes, and are about 100 metres from the road. I have accessed both of these, in March, from a 52 seat coach trip, and cars were able to get there as well.

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Re: Advice about Iceland’s lava tubes (again)
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2017, 09:38:13 am »
Although snow will limit road access, the Icelandic roads authority will clear main roads fairly quickly after any snowfall - keep an eye on www.road.is for more information. Any mountain roads (numbered with an 'F' at the start) will be technically closed, so even if they look clear and drivable your hire car insurance won't cover you if you drive on them. Hire a 4x4 (and I think its safe to assume that any car will come with studded tyres to help with driving on ice or compacted snow). There are caves close to the roads (as mentioned by phizz4) that you can walk to - both from the 365 between Laugarvatn and Pingvellir and the 417 which heads up towards the Blafjoll ski area. Note that in January you'll only have limited hours of daylight.

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Re: Advice about Iceland’s lava tubes (again)
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2017, 02:09:16 pm »
There is a national caving magazine...

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Re: Advice about Iceland’s lava tubes (again)
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2017, 02:27:12 pm »
There is a national caving magazine...

Busiy translating the contents page of No 5


SURTUR (5)  1994.
Contents
Ingi Óskarsson
An unprecedented insecurity in the mountaineer's lips by Fröst Jónsson  33
Ufsi and Klakahellir [cave]7
Investigation
List of Icelandic lava caves by Björn Finnsson   10
Ač sÿna hella [cave] by  Julius Guömundsson and Guömundur Löve   17
Caves found in Kristjánsdolum by  Siguröur Sveinn Jónsson   19
Mapping point by Siguröur Sveinn Jónsson 24
Siglinutaekni [cave]  by Björn Finnsson  33
About naming the caves and phenomena of the reign by Björn Finnsson  37
VísnaJjáttur [poem] 38
Association of Materials
In Icelandic  SB £1.00

SUTUR  (7) 1999  62 pp colour photos on nearly every page.  50/50 Icelandic and English.  SB £1.00

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Re: Advice about Iceland’s lava tubes (again)
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2017, 08:23:40 pm »
Thanks all for the information.