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About Tour

This Golden Circle and lava caving adventure combo is not to be missed. Experience the most inspiring day out in south Iceland!

Highlights

  • Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Geysir Hot Spring Area
  • A Visit to a Lava Tube Cave
  • Family-Friendly Tour

Add a lava tubing adventure to your Golden Circle experience. Visit Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot spring area, and Thingvellir national park and explore a hidden underworld of a lava cave. 

This day tour has everything: stunning natural beauty, interesting history, amazing geological wonders, and an excellent caving adventure! Join us for an easy, family-friendly tour for all participants over 10 years of age.

Availability All Year
Duration 10 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 6 years
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

From

139
Per
Adult(16+)
  • Small Group Experience
  • Expert Guides
  • Free Wifi
  • Best Price Guarantee
  • No Booking Fees
  • Fast & Secure Payment
  • Operated with our trusted partner

What's included

Included

  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • All Required Safety Equipment
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Thermal underwear and a warm sweater of either fleece or wool
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Good warm sturdy hiking shoes are highly recommended

Not Included

  • Meals

Itinerary

Information

Your day starts with a visit to the world under a lava field. Where you get the chance to witness how the volcanoes created Iceland. You'll embark on an amazing hike through an ancient underground lava tube. After exploring the fascinating underworld in the Raufarhólshellir Lava Tube, you will be dropped off at a café bakery for a lunch break. You will then be picked up at around 12:00 for an exciting drive of the famous Golden Circle, including Iceland's key attractions, Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, and Gullfoss Waterfall.

Our first stop will be the historic Þingvellir National Park (en. Parliament Fields). Þingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the original birthplace of the oldest existing parliament in the world. It is also the place where the tectonic plates of North America and Europe meet with a clearly visible rift valley. You will learn about the Vikings and their meetings here as well as the geological forces of nature that have formed the national park.

Continuing our journey, we head to the geothermal area of Geysir, home of the famous erupting hot spring. Come and watch the heated water gurgle, bubble, and escape the ground with enormous force up to 25 meters high.

Our third and last stop for the day is Gullfoss (e. Golden Waterfall), the undisputed queen of Icelandic waterfalls. Gullfoss is truly an incredible sight to admire, with water rushing down three steps of lava layers exhibiting breathtaking power and grandeur.

We end our day in Reykjavik, where you can get dropped off at one of our authorized locations. A great way to explore a lava cave followed by Iceland’s most famous natural attractions!

Pick-up Information: Pick-up is at 08:45 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. June 1st - September 15th, the pick-up will start at 07:45 am.

Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes. Your patience is much appreciated.

Return Time: You will return to Reykjavík around 06:00 pm approximately.

Contact us for more Information about this tour

Reviews

5.0
Based on 10 reviews

Golden Circle & Caving

1- of 10 reviews

Golden circle lava tunnel

Reviewed on February 13, 2020 by Andrea O Review from TripAdvisor

Our guy Thomas, was great! He pointed out and explained the natural beauty around us and gave us a better insight as to the tour we were on.

Great tours golden circle, lava tube

Reviewed on August 11, 2018 by Howard S Review from TripAdvisor

Wonderful experience. Every effort made to keep everyone safe and comfortable. Iceland did its job too - the landscape is fantastic. Guides knowlegeable, patient, friendly.

Golden Circle and Lava Tube

Reviewed on August 28, 2017 by Carleen P Review from TripAdvisor

We had a fantastic day out with Micha and 14 other tourists on the Golden Circle and Caving trip. We had hired water proof pants which were well and truly needed due to the rain and damp conditions inside the lava tube. We also stopped off at the Silfra fissure to drop off and pick up the snorkelers in our group. That was excellent to see too. Thanks Micha for a fun day out!

Golden Circle with lava caving

Reviewed on July 06, 2017 by Deborah Review from TripAdvisor

For our last day in Iceland we wanted to do the Golden Circle tour and add in some type of adventure, so decided on the Lava Cave. It turned out to be a full day of wonder and awe. Loved it and highly recommend. We started with the Gullfoss waterfalls, which were amazing. Had time to get out and explore. Then on to the Geysir hot springs. After a quick break for lunch, we headed to the lava cave for our hike. Then finished the day with a hike in the national park, Pingvellir, for more waterfalls.The tour was fabulous and the 4 of us couldn't decide on the best part of the day, as we totally enjoyed it all. The day ran smoothly, and it was a small group which was great.

Good tour with great tour guide

Reviewed on May 12, 2017 by amygrace13 Review from TripAdvisor

We had scheduled the Glacier, Waterfall and Volcano Tour but the day before it was cancelled due to the high winds. We called Arctic Adventures to find a replacement and went with The Golden Circle and Caving.

Our guide was named Adolf and he was awesome. He was very informative and gave us recommendations for dinner! Thank you Adolf. There was only 6 of us on the tour and 4 went snorkeling while the two of us went caving and had a great time! Would go with this group again.

Golden Circle and Caving

Reviewed on March 30, 2017 by kacar17 Review from TripAdvisor

I booked a minibus tour of the Golden Circle and Caving, but what I received was so much more. Gilli and Hinrik were so quick to explain the history of their country and filled the day with jokes as well as facts. We avoided the big bus tours and we ended up at amazing locations with fewer tourists. Gilli gave advice of how to take the best photos (he even took one of me in the cave)! Very hospitable tour guides and. It afraid to speak with us throughout the tour or give suggestions of where to eat/what to do for the remainder of our time. I would 100% recommend this tour and I would sign up for another tour with this company in a heart beat. Thank you Gilli and Hinrik for an unforgettable day in Iceland!

Golden Circle and Lava Caving

Reviewed on March 30, 2017 by brittanymoran Review from TripAdvisor

Just completed the Golden Circle and lava caving tour with Gilli from Artic Adventures and it was absolutely above my expectations. Not only did he take the time to thoroughly explain everything, but he heard about my love for Game of Thrones and threw in some bonus stops at famous filming places for the show! We had a small group of only three so he decided to take us on a more adventurous lava cave tour and it blew me away. we stopped frequently while in the cave to hear stories and take pictures. Gilli did a fantastic job at making sure everyone was satisfied.

Experience worth every cent

Reviewed on April 21, 2016 by Anders Review from TripAdvisor

Our guide, Saga, was extremely informative, polite and fun. We took the Caving and Golden circle route and were absolutely amazed. Driving time were not that long and the experiences were great!

Golden Circle, lava caving, small group tour

Reviewed on March 27, 2016 by arewethereyet Review from TripAdvisor

Richard our tour guide was very personable and informative. There were only 9 people in the tour which was a nice change from the big bus tours we had done. Be prepared to exert yourself a little touring the cave, but it is an unforgettable experience.

Lava Caving & Golden Circle

Reviewed on November 05, 2015 by RJLanc Review from TripAdvisor

We visited Iceland at the end of October and, after a lot of research, booked the above experience with Arctic Adventures.
We were picked up by Thor who said we were the only people on the tour that day. He was knowledgeable and friendly and hearing about the Icelandic sagas in the pitch black of the lava cave was an unforgettable experience.
We never felt rushed at the different locations and our guide was always happy to answer questions about the lava cave and Golden Circle. His recommendation of the lamb stew at Gullfoss was an excellent one!
The day was rounded off with a trip to a farm which produces its own ice cream and you sit and eat it on the other side of the window to the cows. We would have never found this otherwise and it was a great way to round off the day.
We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this company and especially this tour.

FAQ

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.

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.

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 super 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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