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Iceland Caves, Golden Circle & Northern Lights Tour

Visit 3 Bucket-List Worthy Iceland Tours in 1 Day

Explore an extraordinary lava tube, visit Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir, and hunt the Northern Lights on this incredible 3-in-1 adventure!

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By daylight, get up close to the might of Iceland’s raw nature. Climb down to the pits of the earth to wander among colorful lava formations. Marvel at the untamed power of the majestic Gullfoss waterfall and the unpredictable geyser Strokkur. At night, watch as Northern Lights parade across the Arctic sky. Our guide will snap free pictures of you and the aurora borealis, so you’ll have a souvenir to take home with you!

 

  • Availability

    Sept. - Apr.

  • Duration

    15 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    8 years

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    22.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Visit to a Lava Tube Cave
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
Northern Lights Photos
All Required Safety Equipment
Minibus Transport
English Speaking Tour Guide
Free WiFi on board Your Bus

Raufarhólshellir Lava Tube

The trip will begin at 8:00 a.m. at your chosen pickup point in Reykjavik. Raufarhólshellir Lava Tubes is just a brief 30-minute drive from Reykjavik. Once on location, before the caving tour, everyone will be given helmets and torchlights, as our guides value safety above all.

Our descent into the earth will start on a secure, man-made staircase. Once deep into the lava tube, you’ll be greeted by the icicle-shaped sleet minerals, astounding lava flow formations, and vibrant colors of the cavern. Your tour guide will explain how and when the cave was created, point out the most extraordinary lava formations and glowing, bright colors. The tour will last for about an hour, after which you’ll have time to consume your lunch (lunch is not included).

Golden Circle

Aat around 12:00 (noon), the tour will continue towards the three iconic attractions on the Golden Circle tour in west Iceland: Þingvellir National Park, Geysir, and Gullfoss.
First, you’ll slowly drive through the Thingvellir National Park, Iceland’s only cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll admire the beautiful Thingvallavatn lake, the rift valley that lies between the two tectonic plates, and the Oxararfoss waterfall.

Next on the agenda is Haukadalur Valley – also known as the Geysir Geothermal Area. Though the Great Geysir is now inactive, neighboring hot spring Strokkur is equally as astonishing, spouting water up to 82 feet (25 meters) every 4-10 minutes.

Our final stop on the Golden Circle is the world-famous Gullfoss (the “Golden Falls”). The source of the falls originates all the way from Langjökull glacier, the second-largest glacier in Iceland. Once out of the bus, you’ll walk along the pathway, close to the waterfall and experience the full power of cascading water. Then you’ll head back to Reykjavik and we’ll drop you off at your hotel around 19:00 (7:00 p.m.).

Northern Lights

In the evening, you’ll be picked up from your hotel at 20:00 (8:00 p.m.). The Northern Lights phenomenon, a bucket-list must, caps off our day tour perfectly. The light pollution in Iceland is very low so the chances of capturing aurora borealis are pretty high. The lights are vigorous and luminous, reflecting at variance in the dark sky every time, so be ready for this once-in-a-lifetime event.

After this awe-inspiring experience, the tour bus returns to Reykjavík around midnight and you’ll be dropped off close to your hotel.


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.

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.


Return time

You will return to Reykjavík before midnight.


Practical Information

What to bring: Warm layers, a waterproof top layer, headwear, gloves, scarf and hiking boots.

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 1:15 ratio applies to caving - the other minibus tours often have more people. Participants need to be able to walk on uneven ground. Participants DO NOT need to travel on all fours/crawl during the cave visit.

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 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.

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.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

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.

 

How does carbon offsetting work?

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.

What equipment do you provide for the lava 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.

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