Oh, happy day! It’s time to start posting the film from my June trip around Iceland’s Ring Road. There might be a few repeats from my iphone pictures for those of you who followed along back in June, but I tried to take different shots with my phone and camera, so hopefully it will mostly new sights. One of the first places my mom and I went (she traveled with my for a week and a half till Akureyri) was the sight of the lava tunnels Surtshellir and Stefanshellir. We drove about 60km inland from Borgarnes and a bit onto the barely-can-be-called-a-road F-road through lava fields to reach the tunnels.
We climbed the gaping hole pictured above down into Surtshellir. About a mile long (the longest in the country), this cave is mentioned in medieval documents and was used in the 10th century as a hideout for outlaws and bandits. It is named after a fire giant. There was snow left at the mouth of the huge tunnel, after which we scrambled down some boulders further into the dark. There was a mist in the air, and we could hear water dripping somewhere further along. Since this was a last minute plan, we only had a small flashlight, which provided barely enough light for both of us to make our way across the rocks. I tried to be brave and keep going once the tunnel turned, but when my flashlight suddenly turned off for a few seconds, I gallantly chickened out and high tailed it out of there. We didn’t go into Stefánshellir, but did walk to the mouth of the tunnel to peer in.