Combo Madness – 3 amazing tours in one day

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Combo Madness – 3 amazing tours in one day

Caving Tour – The Golden Circle Express – Northern Lights searching

The aptly named Combo Madness tour is not for the faint of heart! In one day we squeeze in three day tours that will leave you with unforgettable moments in Iceland: A tour through a lava tube in Journey’s End cave, The Golden Circle Express tour and in the evening we search for the northern lights, on the Magical Auroras tour.

This combo tour includes the absolute best of what Iceland has to offer in only one day and offers a nice cross-section of the natural wonders found in Iceland.

Important Note: After each tour we will drop you off at a switching point, where you can grab something to eat and drink before we head out on the next tour.

Volcanic Veins – Cave Journey’s End

The first part of the tour is Volcanic Veins, a caving tour where we take you into the depths of the lava tube cave Journey’s End (Leidarendi), a 900 meter long cave situated near the town of Hafnarfjörður.

This speleology tour takes you to unique locations in Iceland’s most spectacular lava tube caves and craters. These beautiful caves were formed when the surface lava solidified but magma continued to flow in tunnels under the surface.

Leiðarendi is about 900m long and is situated in a lava field near a volcanic crater that lies south-east of the town Hafnarfjörður. The cave wasn’t mapped until 1992. The drive to the cave only takes about 25-30 minutes from Reykjavik and the entrance is only a short distance from the main road.

The cave entry is through a narrow opening which uncovers the extraordinary lava formations and vibrant colors.

The peculiar forms of lava stalactites and rock formations will make this caving tour a truly memorable experience. The cave becomes wide and high in some places, with an even floor, but other places can be more tricky and you will need to crawl under low ceilings in a few places.

We recommend that you wear good hiking boots or walking shoes that are suitable for walking on uneven surfaces of the lava.

The Lava Field
Stóri-Bolli (meaning Big-Cup) is a scoria crater that formed around 2000 years ago in an eruption. The crater has a diameter of about 150 meters and from it flowed the lava field Stóra-Bollahraun and subsequently created the lava tube cave.

The Lamb
One of the peculiarities discovered in the cave is “The Lamb”, skeletal remains of a litle lamb that, at some point in the past, stumbled and fell into the cave. The skeleton is still inside the cave and we will pass it on our way through.

On All Fours
This tour is relatively easy but nevertheless you have to be able to walk on uneven surfaces and at times even on all fours. The cave’s ceiling and walls aren’t broken or collapsed in many places, making it easy to navigate. But the cave’s ceiling sometimes gets very low, so you might have to crawl a short distance.

Daylight again
After having explored the cave we make our way back out into the daylight. We head back to Reykjavik and make a quick stop at a site where fish is hung up and dried to make traditional icelandic stockfish (Harðfiskur in Icelandic). This is a great photo opportunity and an inside look into how traditional icelandic food preservation methods.

Equipment In the cave tour we use hand torches and not headlights. There are a few reasons for that, but mainly that headlights are weaker and it’s more difficult to point them in the right direction.

Respect for nature Respect for nature and safety are two of our main concerns. There are no handrails, lights or any kind of tools inside the caves, meaning that we completely rely on the equipment we carry with us and it is very important that you respect our guidelines. But there is no need to be afraid to go caving, Leiðarendi has remained the same for 2000 years!

Golden Circle Express – Minibus Tour

After the caving tour we take you on one of the most popular tours in Iceland, the Golden Circle, which consists of three archetypal Icelandic landmarks: Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot springs and Thingvellir national park. There are also a few other nice stops included that really tie the tour together

The minibus departs from Reykjavík, heading eastwards out of the city, passing through vast lava fields.

Crater Kerid
The first stop of the tour is at the Kerid crater, which is a volcanic crater lake that formed about 3,000 years ago. Geologists first believed Kerid was formed by a huge explosion in the volcano, but recent research now tells us it was probably formed by a cone volcano that erupted and emptied its magma reserves, collapsing the cone into the magma chamber and creating the crater lake.

Gullfoss and Geysir
The highlight of the tour in the eyes of many, these two nature pearls capture the essence and power of Icelandic nature. Gullfoss is definitely the most famous waterfall in Iceland, and is a part of the river Hvítá. Gullfoss possesses immense power, which you can experience first hand by walking up to it (but stay safe and don‘t go too close!). When you are finished exploring Gullfoss it should be lunch time, so we will stop at a local place to sit down and have a bite.
After lunch, we will head over to the geothermal valley of Haukadalur, which is home to Geysir, Iceland‘s most famous geyser. We will also take a look at the geyser called Strokkur, which spews hot water up to a height of 60-100 feet every five minutes.

Efstidalur – Icelandic Farm
Next we head towards Efstidalur, which is a family owned farm located close to the small lakeside town Laugarvatn. The farm operates a quaint little ice cream shop where you can enjoy different flavoured ice cream, produced from the milk that comes from the farm. We don‘t think ice cream can get more fresh than that!

Thingvellir National Park & Öxarárfoss Waterfall
The final stop in the golden circle is at the National Park Thingvellir, which holds great natural and historical importance in Iceland and has many remarkable geological features. The American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet at Thingvellir, and it is also where Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, was formed in 930 AD, making it the oldest parliamentary site in the world. We will also see Öxarárfoss waterfall, which has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site, like Thingvellir.

Magical Auroras – Northern lights Tour in minibus

After the winter sun has set, we head out into the wild to take a look at the aurora borealis, A.K.A. the northern lights. On the Magical Auroras evening tour we drive out of the light pollution of the city and head to a location where conditions are optimal for northern light viewing.

Escape the city’s light pollution and come with us and look for the magical Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis as they are also called. On the travel day our guides will decide where to go, after taking into account both the aurora forecast and cloud cover. This will maximize your chances of seeing the northern lights, in all their glory. We travel in a minibus, which means small groups and therefore personal service from our guides.

Places
It is impossible to know exactly when or where the best conditions for northern lights will be. The weather changes notoriously quickly in Iceland and the destinations will vary. But our guides will do their best to find them for you. We might head back to Thingvellir or to the Reykjanes peninsula. Borgarfjörður, a beautiful fjord in west of Iceland is also a good place to spot them.

What are the Northern lights?
They are a natural phenomenon that occurs because of chemical reactions in the atmosphere. Gaseous particles collide with electrically charged molecules and atoms that are released from the sun’s atmosphere. These particles are blown towards earth by solar winds and can enter both the northern and southern hemispheres of earth, because of how weak the magnetic field is at the poles. This is the reason why we only see this light show close to the north pole or the antarctic, where they are called Aurora Australis.

What's included?

  • Hotel pick up & drop off in Reykjavik
  • Guided tours
  • All relevant equipment.

What do I need to bring?

  • Dinner, lunch (we will regularly stop at diners / restaurants)
  • Warm clothes, sturdy shoes.

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Tour information:

  • Duration:
    15 HOURS
  • Booking Cutoff Hours:
    2
  • Activities:
    Yes
  • Location:
    Geysir
  • Location:
    Golden Circle
  • Location:
    Gullfoss
  • Location:
    Reykjavík
  • Location:
    Þingvellir
  • Languages:
    EN
  • Highlights:
    Caving, Geysir, Golden Circle, Gullfoss, Northern Lights, Strokkur, Þingvellir,

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