Grjotagja Cave

Grjotagja Cave, Reykjahlid: Address, Grjotagja Cave Reviews: 4/5

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TeachingTiggerTravels
Wells, UK32 contributions
Right next to the car park, its a 15 min stop if you want to wander into the cave take a few photos, clamber along to the other end and then snap a couple more shots and emerge into the sunlight. Torch not needed but can help as your eyes adjust to the darkness.

You can dip your hands (but certainly not swim) in the clear water as the steam rises around you.

Just a handful of other souls there in early April, but I wouldn't want to have to que or visit in high season, try again when there are less people around.
Written April 7, 2022
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NomadicTraveller7
Fuerteventura9,976 contributions
Grotagja is the best known and visited of Myvatn’s flooded fissures and it also features in Game of Thrones. There is a long 5-metre-high wall of lava stretching for a few hundred metres. It has a big crack running rather haphazardly along it. From the car park there are 2 sections where you can enter through cracks and visit steaming pools of crystal-clear waters. Even in quiet Covid times it was quite annoying to have to wait to take pictures as people removed their socks and shoes to bathe in the pools and kids clambered around. It is even on the map for some cruise ship groups. I would not say that it is ‘a beautiful spot’ but it is very interesting. Almost more interesting where the great fissures in the lava wall above and this deserves an easy climb and short walk around. Do not stop if a bus is parked there, but come back.
Written November 11, 2021
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Cyrena L
Arvada, CO100 contributions
Couples
Pretty little cave but it is a very popular place to visit (probably from Game of Thrones). We got to climb down near the water and snap a couple photos but there were too many people to make it enjoyable. It is beautiful though!
Written September 20, 2021
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Dennis E
Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands153 contributions
Couples
Nice little cave with a parking in front of it. It's beautiful but small, so it can get crowded easily i guess. Also there's a giant crack in the eath above it which was nice to see. Water was nice and warm. Swimming not allowed.
Written June 29, 2022
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Lottelli
Wirral, UK2,336 contributions
Couples
This is a hidden cave with geothermic water in! There is a car park just outside so if you have a vehicle there is no need to walk there from the town (unless you want to).
You can climb in and to the water but it is too hot to bathe. The sulphur smell is amazing and it feels really hot from the mouth of the cave.
Written July 28, 2021
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Emilie T
Burlingame, CA353 contributions
Amazing little grotto. Worth a look. It was aclod sleetly day whe we were there, but stil folks about. Worth a visit, especially if you are a geology buff. Great formation even if you arent.
Written September 28, 2021
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Brian D
Denver, CO2,029 contributions
Interesting place to visit. Not a great photo stop, but it is fun to walk up to the cave and see the natural hot springs water running through the cave. It seems so deep because you can't see the bottom, so you have no idea of how much depth there is to this cave. Caves are always fun to explore, but this one isn't one you can walk through, unless you really know what you are doing. You can see the steam rising from the fissures around the cave. Fun stop for a short visit.
Written September 29, 2021
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Lenka C
Tilburg, The Netherlands33 contributions
Family
Grjotagja was on our travel wishlist but unfortunately, the cave has been closed off with a locked fence and gate.

[according to icelandmonitor on July 11, 2018]

Landowners at Vogar in Mývatnssveit county in North Iceland have decided to close off the natural pool Kvennagjá which is located inside a cave and has been a popular bathing spot for years.

One of the landowners, Ólöf Hallgrímsdóttir speaking to mbl.is, says that the area has often been left in a terrible state and therefore they had to resort to closing it off temporarily to protect it.

"There is total disrespect. Nobody pays any attention to the signs. People are actually having bowel movements there, washing their socks and shoes, their dirty dishes, brushing their teeth and some people even sleep in the crevasse."

Landowners have now put up a fence with a lock on it to prevent people from sneaking into the hot pool. It is still however possible to take photographs of it. "We're not prepared for this increase in visitors to the area. It's a wonderful bathing spot and we don't want it to be ruined," said Hallgrímsdóttir.
Written July 15, 2018
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Solivagant1975
769 contributions
Friends
There are two entrances into the cave - the right was a little steeper to climb down. The left side entrance was easier to navigate, unfortunately some jerk had pooped in the cave - really. It was disgusting and gives tourists a bad name in such a beautiful country. Walking above the cave, the land splits open and there is a wide crevice looking down in between. Short trip but worth the visit. Keep your camera flash off in order to pick up the beautiful blue of the water.
Written September 26, 2015
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merav250
Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut, Israel296 contributions
Couples
We had some spare time in the morning and decided to come here. You will not regret! Beautiful cave with turquoise water, with a sulfate smell but it worth it . This the place when John Snow and Yigritt had their think in Season 3.
Written September 7, 2019
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