A Golden Circle and lava caving adventure combo not to be missed: The quintessential day out in south Iceland!
Add a lava caving adventure to your Golden Circle experience. Visit Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot spring area and Thingvellir national park and explore a the hidden underworld by visiting a lava tube cave. An easy tour for all over the age of 10. This day tour has it all; stunning natural beauty, interesting history, amazing geological wonders and a great caving adventure!
8 hours / 9am - 5pm
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Small group experience
- Þingvellir national park (Thingvellir)
- Gullfoss waterfall
- Geysir hot spring area
- A visit to a Lava tube cave
- Family friendly
- Transfer to/from Reykjavík
- A guided sightseeing tour of the Golden Circle
- A guided lava caving tour
- All specialized caving gear needed
Pick up starts at 9 am from your selected pick up location in Reykjavik. Please note that the pick up can take up to 30 min.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
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. Depending on the season you will either visit Gjábakkahellir (Gjabakkahellir) or Leiðarendi (Leidarendi) cave. This is an amazing hike through an ancient underground lava tube. After exploring the fascinating underworld, you will be dropped off at a café bakery for a lunch break. You will then be picked up at around 13:00 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 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 a great 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!
Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, thermal underwear and a warm sweater of either fleece or wool, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good warm sturdy hiking shoes are highly recommended.
What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent the necessary clothing in the booking process.
During the summer months you will visit Gjabakkahellir cave. During the winter season you will visit Leidarendi cave.
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:
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
Golden Circle and Caving
Golden Circle and Rafting
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.
Price from 14.990 ISK per person.
If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.
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“Experience worth every cent”
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!
“Go to the Lava Cave”
We did see the Golden waterfall and other interesting sights on our tour with Arctic Adventures; but the lava cave was the highlight of the tour for my husband and me. The scenery around the entrance was beautiful. We repelled down a rope, just a short distance but it was a little icy, but that was the beginning of a wonderful adventure. Our guide was terrific, knowledgeable, and helpful. The inside of the lava cave was so beautiful and unique.