Travel deep into Raufarhólshellir Lava Tube and out to the wild Iceland countryside on a magical Northern Lights hunt!
Unearth the secrets of Iceland’s wild nature outside of Reykjavik. Our afternoon tour will kick off with a spelunking expedition into the beautiful Raufarhólshellir Lava Tube. Once night falls, we hit the roads on an unforgettable hunt for the aurora borealis. The very best of earth and sky!
Your guide will take free photographs of you and the aurora so you can keep the memory alive!
Sept. - Apr.
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Visit to a Lava Cave
- Lava Caving
- Northern Lights Tour
- Northern Lights Photos
- Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
- Minibus Transportation
- Lava Caving with a Certified Caving Guide
- Helmet & Torchlight for Caving
- All Required Safety Equipment
- Guided Northern Lights Tour
- Northern Lights Photos
- English Speaking Tour Guide
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
Raufarhólshellir Lava Tube
Your first stop is the Raufarhólshellir Lava Tube, about 25 minutes from Reykjavík. Your guide will supply helmets and torchlights for your lava caving adventure. Get ready to be entranced by an amazing subterranean world!
Raufarhólshellir Lava Tube is noteworthy as one of the most mind-blowing lava caves in Iceland. Follow your guide past curious stalactites and stalagmites, some of which oddly resemble figurines. Look out for vivid colors, splashes of rusty red and charcoal black. It was formed ages ago when hot lava coursed through the earth and petrified over time. We’ll spend around an hour in the cave.
After the caving trip, we will drop you off in Reykjavik again, where you can enjoy the sights of the city until we pick you up in the evening for your northern lights tour.
You’re driven back to Reykjavík and dropped off between 11:00 and 11:30 at your original pick-up location, allowing some time to grab a bite in the city before we pick you back up in front of your hotel for your magical Northern Lights hunt at 20:30 pm (8:30 p.m.). Please note that food and beverages are not included.
Northern Lights Tour in Iceland
Your guide monitors Iceland’s auroral zone forecast and drives out to locations that give the best chance of witnessing the brilliant colors of dancing northern lights. Our quest can take us out into the countryside in any direction, away from the city lights: Hvalfjörður, Þingvellir, Reykjanes, anywhere optimal that evening.
The moment the aurora appears in all of its shimmering glory is breathtaking. You might see a green curtain ripple in the dark sky, or if you’re lucky, drapes of yellow, white, violet or blue. The rarer red lights are more common in Iceland, thanks to our proximity to the magnetic poles, than anywhere else in the world. As the aurora is a natural phenomenon, we can’t guarantee that you’ll see them, but we always do our very best considering the weather and viewing conditions.
The tour returns to Reykjavík around midnight, you are dropped off at your pick-up location.
For the Northern Lights adventure, pick up is at either 20:30 (8:30 p.m.) or 21:30 (9:30 p.m.), depending on the season. You’ll find the actual pickup time on your final voucher. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated. Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
What to bring: Warm layers, a waterproof top layer, headwear, scarves, and hiking boots or sturdy shoes. If you have them, spikes which fit on your boots are useful in icy conditions. We recommend bringing gloves to wear inside the cave.
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.
This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.
Here you should wait for your guide.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.
After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).
Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.
We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.
The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.
Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.
We provide you with a headlight and a helmet.
Like always in Iceland, it’s best to dress in layers. 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.
The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.
For more information on the Northen Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.
Unfortunately, there isn’t just one simple answer to this question.
There isn’t just one single setting for your camera that ensures great photos. 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.
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 a 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
A refund is not available if the northern lights tour goes ahead and no northern lights are seen but we do offer you the chance to join a Northern Lights Minibus tour free of charge.
Please go to My Adventures to re-book your tour.
When Northern Lights tours are cancelled it’s usually due to unfavourable weather conditions.
In that case, your options will be to:
1. Reschedule for another day.
2. Find another tour to do and use the deposit for it.
3. Get fully refunded.
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 pm the latest. If the tour is cancelled, you will receive an email from us.
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 lights.
Yes, the guide will take a photo of you with the northern lights behind you. These can be single or group photo’s and free of charge.
The Northern Lights season is said to be from late August until mid-April. However, if you want to increase your chances of seeing them, it is best to wait until the clear winter months of mid-September until March.
If luck and weather are on your side, then you will be able to see the Aurora Borealis above the inviting streets of Reykjavik. Whether you see the lights or not are dependant on two different factors. The first being the weather. If the sky is clear, no clouds, then you are halfway there to seeing the astonishing spectacle that is the Northern Lights (although light pollution can sometimes be a problem). Increased solar activity is the second half so, if these two merge together you may well be able to see the Northern Lights from Reykjavik.
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