Explore a stunning lava tube cave, visit Gullfoss, Þingvellir and Geysir, then hunt for the Northern Lights on this incredible 3 tour combo.
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!
See photos from previous tours here.
15th Sept to 15th April
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- 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
- Golden Circle Minibus Tour
- Caving Minibus Tour
- Northern Lights Hunting Minibus Tour
- Northern Lights Photos
- Visits to all Highlights
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 water spouts 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 back to the City Hall in Reykjavík, really close to the restaurants. You will have time to enjoy dinner.
You are picked up for your northern lights minibus tour at the City Hall 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 is at 9:00 AM from our available Reykjavik pick-up points. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes but you do have to be ready at 9:00 AM.
Don’t know where you will be staying? No worries, just choose “To Be Announced” for pick-up location and get back to us when you have further details.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
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.
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.
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 the City Hall in Reykjavík where you can choose from many restaurants for your evening meal. We then pick you up from the City Hall for your northern lights tour.
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 routesdepending on conditions. 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.
The Golden Circle is a name for the very popular sightseeing route that connects Reykjavík with Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), Geysir Hot Springs and Gullfoss Waterfall. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.
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.
We offer numerous options to spice up your Golden Circle tour and to make the most off your day. Some are season depending but others are operated all year around. Here is a list of all of the tours.
All year around options:
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.
Note that you need to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to re-book.
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.