Why I love Caves

Apart from the obvious reasons for loving caves, such as they are beautiful, mysterious and have often extraordinary lava formations, they are also important formation that help the understanding of the geology of this planet. Caves in general, and then mostly sedimentary caves, have also played a significant role through history as habitats, not just for humans but also quite many other species of animals. Many caves are therefore a treasure trove for discoveries in the fields of biology, archaeology and palaeontology.
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Not so much need to know, but nice to know

We couldn’t possibly share with you all the information about the cave during our tours, so we would like to share some of them with you here. This is some general information about the cave, for more specialized info have a look at the other chapters on our blog.
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About Hallmundarkviða

One of the earliest (preserved) description of a volcanic event in Iceland comes from a poem called Hallmundarkviða. The poem tells the tale of the eruption, what could be seen and heard from the eruption itself and the impact it is having on the nearby region. In it Hallmundur is in the form of the plume that is rising to the sky from the eruption and occasionally tells the tale himself.
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Temperature fluctuations inside and outside the cave

The temperature inside the cave is mostly regulated by air exchange through the opening of the cave, as cold air sinks in during the wintertime and cools it down, and then during the summer time the cave heats up due to warmer temperature outside.
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Hallmundur and Hallmundarhraun

The Cave Víðgelmir is located in a lava field called Hallmundarhraun, which is the largest lava field in Borgarfjörður. The field covers about 200 (or 242) square kilometres with an estimated volume of at least two to three cubic kilometers. The total length is about 50-55 kilometers while the field is about 7 kilometers wide at the widest point.
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