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Caving, the Golden Circle and Northern Lights - Combo Madness

Caving, Golden Circle and Northern Lights Hunting - 3 incredible tours in a day

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

Caving Geysir Northern-Lights
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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!

  • Availability

    15th Sept to 15th April

  • Duration

    15 hours

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    6 years

  • Ratio

  • Price from

    22.990 ISK

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
Included
Golden Circle minibus tour
Caving minibus tour
Northern Lights hunting minibus tour
Visits to all highlights

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.

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!

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.

The northern lights are a natural phenomena, we CANNOT promise you will see them.

Food and beverages are NOT included. You have 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.

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

What is the Golden Circle tour in Iceland?

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.

Do you offer a tour this 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.

I want to book the Golden Circle with an activity combines to the tour, what are my options?

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:

Golden Circle, Super Truck and Snowmobiling
Golden Circle Small group tour
Golden Circle and Snorkeling
Golden Circle Food Tour
Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon
Golden Circle and Super Jeep tour

Winter season:

Golden Circle and Caving

Summer season:

Golden Circle and Rafting

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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