For our third day in Iceland we went on a “Voclanic Veins” caving tour with Extreme Iceland. This was my second favorite part of the trip! It started out with an hour long bus ride in which the tour guide pointed out what we were passing by and told us stories. He let us know that many Icelanders still believe in invisible elves that were a part of their belief system hundred of years ago. People paint doors on rocks all over the Icelandic countryside!
Anyways, after an hour of fun stories, we arrived here:
And descended into this cave:
The tour was quite fun. We had helmets, flashlights and gloves to protect us and make it so we could see. I definitely bumped the ceiling a few times and there were moments where we had to scramble/roll through a section no more than 2 feet high. In the very back of the cavern, our tour guide had us all turn out our flashlights and stand very still for a period of a few minutes. We let our eyes adjust and realized that they wouldn’t every adjust because we were in “total darkness.” Of course, our group being awesome started talking about how this could be a great title to some sci fi movie. Then once we turned on our lights and started moving again…
…we found this totally alien looking sculpture hanging from the ceiling!
The cave portion of the day actually didn’t take all that long, but it was so fun to explore and see an actual lava tunnel.
Part of the reason why I loved this tour company was the tour guide and his stories. On the way back, he had us stop at a fish bone drying farm (at least that’s what I called it.) Apparently they dry the fish/bones out and then grind it up into powder.
After a short break when we returned (since it was only 1 pm), we went out into the city to explore. We went to the church in town and took a peek inside. If you pay a small fee you can go all the way up to the top of the tower! There was quite a nice view from up there.
We had dinner reservations at a very nice restaurant called Fridrik V, which I’ll cover in another post. While we waited for the reservation, we went to a museum that all the tour guides thus far had told us to visit: The Icelandic Phallological Museum. I’ll let you figure out what is displayed there… but the picture below will help you understand our reaction to all the various specimens from many different animals. Ha!