This combo tour will take you into the stunning Leiðarendi Cave and raise your eyes to the sky on a magical northern lights hunt.
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!
Sept - April
Caving 3 to 4 hours + Northern Lights 4 hours
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Visit to a lava cave
- Lava caving
- Northern Lights tour
- Minibus transportation
- Pick up
- Lava Caving with a Certified Caving Guide
- Helmet and torchlight for caving
- Guided Northern Lights tour
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 at your original pick up location giving you time to have a nice dinner in the city center before we pick you up again for your magical 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.
Pick up is at 13:00 from your hotel or a nearby authorized meeting point. 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, 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.
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 on this tour.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to re-book.
We recommend bringing gloves to wear inside the cave.
We offer pick-ups from most known hotels, hostels and guesthouses in the capital area. We do not pick up from Airbnb. To make the process of finding the nearest pick-up location to your accommodation easier we have made a map of the locations.
This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons, it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.
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 favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). 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 (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). Most of our jeep tours (to be found here) are also suitable for all ages. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.
Before starting any of our more technical trips, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their particular trip. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.
Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.
Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.
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. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
We provide you with a headlight and a helmet.
You are in the cave for about 1-1,5 hours.
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.
When Northern Lights tours are canceled it’s usually due to unfavorable 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 the latest. If the tour is canceled, 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.
The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.
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.