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Caving and Northern Lights - Earth and Sky

Lava caving and Northern Lights tour in Iceland

This combo tour will take you into the stunning Leiðarendi Cave and raise your eyes to the sky on a magical northern lights hunt.

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This afternoon and evening combo tour by minibus blends two really popular tours, a caving tour exploring the incredible lava formations of the Leiðarendi Cave, and a northern lights tour hunting for the mystical radiant colors of the aurora borealis. The very best of earth and sky!

  • Availability
    Mid sept to mid April
  • Duration
    Caving 3 to 4 hours + Northern Lights 4 hours
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Pickup
    Yes
  • Meet on location
    No
  • Min. Age
    6 years
  • Ratio
    1:12
  • Price from
    15.990 ISK
Tour highlights
Visit to a lava cave
Lava caving
Northern Lights tour
Included
Minibus transportation
Pick up
Lava Caving with a Certified Caving Guide
Helmet and torchlight for caving
Guided Northern Lights tour

Pick up is at 13:00 from your hotel or a nearby authorized meeting point. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes but you do have to be ready at 13:00.

You are driven to the Leiðarendi Cave about 25 minutes from Reykjavík. Walking for a couple of minutes will bring you to the cave entrance. You are issued with helmets and torchlights for your lava caving adventure. Get ready to be entranced by an amazing subterranean world!  

The lava formations are mindblowing, a few of them greatly resemble figurines, yet they are all crafted by the hand of nature. Leiðarendi cave has stunning colors, even glowing shades of bright red, you never know what you will see next! You will see incredible stalactites and stalagmites, your guide will tell you all about the cave. The Leiðarendi lava tube was first mapped in 1992, it is about 900 meters long, from the small entrance it runs in two directions. These lava tubes formed when hot lava flowed beneath lava which was already petrifying. In most areas it is possible to stand, there are a few places where walls or ceilings have collapsed, in these parts you will need to travel a little on all fours. You spend around an hour in the cave.
You are driven back to Reykjavík and dropped off between 16:00 and 16:30 giving you time to have dinner before we pick you up for your northern lights hunt at 20:30. Food and beverages are NOT included.

We follow the state of the art aurora forecast and head off to the places which give the best chance of seeing the brilliant colors of the northern lights dancing. Our quest can take us out into the countryside in any direction, away from the city lights. Hvalfjörður, Þingvellir, Reykjanes and other places are all possibilities. The moment when you spot their shimmering, brilliant colors rippling across the star-studded black velvet sky is literally breathtaking! Green, yellow, white and sometimes purple and blue auroras are usually seen. Violet, and rose northern lights happen less often. Really red auroras, from rose to stronger reds, are more common in Iceland than anywhere else in the world, although they are still quite rare. We can never promise that you will see the northern lights but we always do our very best.

The tour returns to Reykjavík around midnight, you are dropped off at or very near your hotel.

What to bring: Warm layers, waterproof top layer, headwear, gloves, scarves and hiking or sturdy shoes. If you have them, spikes which fit on your boots are useful in icy conditions.  

What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear from locations, it must be ordered in advance.

Please note

The 1:12 ratio applies to caving - the northern lights minibus tour may have more people. Participants need to be able to walk on uneven ground and travel on all fours a little in the cave.

This is a combination of two tours - you are dropped back to your pick up point between 16:00 and 16:30. You are then picked up for your evening tour at 20:30, giving you time to have dinner between the tour two tours. Food and beverages are NOT included.

The aurora borealis are natural phenomena, we always do our best but we CANNOT guarantee you will see them, this is entirely dependant upon atmospheric and cloud conditions.

As the success of the northern lights tour is heavily dependent on weather conditions, we reserve the right to cancel the northern lights part of the tour until 18:15 on the day of the tour. If the tour goes ahead and no northern lights are seen we offer clients the chance to join another evening’s departure free of charge upon availability. Note that you need to contact us at info@adventures.is to re-book.

What equipment do you provide for the lave tube caving trip?

We provide you with a headlight and a helmet.

For how long are you inside the lava tube cave?

You are in the cave for about 1-1,5 hours.

What should I wear on a lava caving tour in Iceland?

Like always in Iceland, it’s best to dress in layers. A warm layers closest to you preferably wool/thermal underwear, pants sweater and on top waterproof outdoor clothing. We also recommend that you wear good hiking boots and gloves. Jeans have proven to be a bad choice.

How do I know if the Northern Lights tour is on for the evening?

Like you might have heard, the northern lights are a pretty difficult thing to predict. You can check en.vedur.is to see the forecast and if the level is high and the skies are clear then it’s very likely that the tour is going. We do update our website’s tour departure sheet with the information at 17:00 the latest. If the canceled you will receive an email telling you so.

If we think there is no chance at all of seeing the lights we will cancel the tour. We don’t want to bring you out and disappoint if there is no chance to see the light

What are my options if my Northern Lights tour gets cancelled?

If we cancel the tour it’s because in our opinion there is no chance of seeing the lights and we don’t want to bring you out for nothing.

Then your options are:

1. Reschedule for another day.

2. Find another tour to do and use the deposit for it.

3. Get fully refunded.

In all cases you will need to contact our sales desk via email (info@adventures.is) or phone +354-562-7000.

What are the best camera settings for photographing the Northern Lights?

Unfortunately there isn’t just one simple answer to this question.

There is not just one single setting for your camera that ensures great captures.  but if you have manual options, you are probably best served with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings. As a rule of thumb, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.

Nonetheless if you have manual options, you are probably best off with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, exposure and aperture settings. , ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.

A good thing to keep in mind, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have given great results.

Different combinations may give very different results. Higher ISO setting will allow you to capture faster exposures, but the downside to this might be for example grainier images.

If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in slight star movement.

Wider angle lenses are usually more versatile in low light settings, but longer lenses give you different options for compositions. Make sure that you remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length

Be sure to remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length

Disclaimer
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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