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Caving, the Golden Circle & Northern Lights - Combo Madness

3 incredible tours in 1 day

Explore a stunning lava tube cave, visit Gullfoss, Þingvellir and Geysir, then hunt for the Northern Lights on this incredible 3 tour combo.

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Explore a magical lave tube cave, feel the power of Gullfoss waterfall, watch an erupting geysir and end enjoy the extraordinary geology, nature and history at Þingvellir National Park. When darkness falls you are off on an exciting  Northern Lights hunting safari – our 3 most amazing minibus tours in one exciting combination! Your guide will also take free photographs of you so you can keep the memory alive!

  • Availability

    Sept. - Apr.

  • Duration

    15 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    6 years

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    22.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Visit to a Lava Tube Cave
Lava Caving Minibus Tour
Golden Circle Minibus Tour
Gullfoss Waterfall
Geysir Hot Spring Area
Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
Northern Lights Hunting Minibus Tour
Included
Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
Golden Circle Minibus Tour
Caving Minibus Tour
Northern Lights Hunting Minibus Tour
Northern Lights Photos
All Required Safety Equipment
Visits to all Highlights
English Speaking Tour Guide
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

You are driven to the Leiðarendi Cave about 25 minutes from Reykjavík. You are issued with helmets and torchlights for an amazing subterranean journey! You will see stunning stalactites and stalagmites and some crazily shaped lava formations, all crafted by the hand of nature. Leiðarendi cave has incredible colors, even glowing shades of bright red. Your guide will tell you all about the cave and how it was formed when hot lava flowed beneath lava which was already petrifying. This lava tube was first mapped in 1992, it is about 900 meters long, and it runs in two directions from the small entrance. In most areas it is possible to stand, there are a few places where walls or ceilings have collapsed, in these parts you need to travel a little on all fours. You spend around an hour in the cave. You are dropped back to Reykjavík at a bakery/shop where you can get something to eat.

You are picked up for your Golden Circle tour at 13:00.This minibus tour will give you a great small group experience of the three most popular attractions in Iceland, and also Öxarárfoss waterfall, which along with Þingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You travel through beautiful scenery to Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), one of the most incredible geological wonders of the world and also a place with an amazing history. The Icelandic Parliament, Alþingi, was founded here in the year 930, making it the oldest still existing parliament in the world. The Eurasian and North American tectonic plates have been slowly edging apart creating a stunning rift valley, the rugged cliff of this valley forms a dramatic backdrop to the place where the Law Speaker would stand to proclaim the law in the olden days. You will also visit the very beautiful Öxarárfoss waterfall.

Next on the agenda is the Geysir geothermally active area. Great Geysir, the spouting hot spring whose fame gave us the English word ‘geyser´ to describe this activity, is no longer active. You will see Strokkur, a nearby erupting hot spring which spouts superheated water every 8 to 10 minutes. These boiling waterspouts often soar to 25 m but they can sometimes reach 40 m.   

Onwards to the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall (the “Golden Falls). The river flowing through Gullfoss is the mighty Hvítá (the White River), which originates at Langjökull glacier, the 2nd largest glacier in Iceland. See the golden-hued spray around the thundering torrent as it is forced through the canyon, dropping 32 m in two stages. Around 19:00 you will be dropped off at your hotel in Reykjavík, really close to the restaurants. You will have time to enjoy dinner.

You are picked up for your northern lights minibus tour in front of your hotel at 20:30. We will take you to best the places out in the country to see the aurora. Whether or not they are at their most spectacular the moment when you spot their shimmering swirls is always awe-inspiring, Green, yellow, white and sometimes blue auroras are usually seen. Violet, purple 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 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 after a crazily amazing day. The weather in Iceland can always influence schedules a little!


Pick-up Information

Pick up is at 08:00 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.


Return time

You will return to Reykjavík before midnight.


Practical Information

What to bring: Warm layers, waterproof top layer, headwear, gloves, scarves and hiking shoes.

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 other minibus tours often have more people. Participants need to be able to walk on uneven ground and travel on all fours a little in the cave.

We recommend bringing gloves to wear inside the cave.

Are meals included on the tour?

Food and beverages are not included on this tour. We will be making a short lunch stop at a café/supermarket after your caving tour. After the Golden Circle, you are dropped off at your hotel in Reykjavík where you can choose from many restaurants for your evening meal. You will then be picked up from your hotel for the northern lights tour.

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

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.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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 Special Tours, 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 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. 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.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

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.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

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.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

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.

 

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

We provide you with a headlight and a helmet.

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

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.

Will I definitely see Northern Lights on the tour?

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.

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

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

What if the Northern Lights tour goes ahead and no Northern Lights are seen?

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.

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

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.

Please go to My Adventures to re-book your tour or contact us by phone +354-562-7000.

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 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.

Will my guide take pictures for me?

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.

What months can you see the northern lights?

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.

Can you see the Northern Lights in Reykjavik?

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.

Do you offer a tour that is solely the Golden Circle?

Yes, we offer the tour Golden Circle small group tour which is basically the Golden Circle with some extra stops. This tour is focusing on sightseeing and the history of Iceland. Our stops are Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park (home to one of the first parliaments of the world), Geysir hot spring area and the historic Skálholt cathedral. View Golden Circle Tours.

What sights will I see on the Golden Circle?

The tour is based around the three most popular attractions in Iceland Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and The Great Geysir. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.

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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