Northern Lights in a minibus. This is a combo tour. Cave Leidarendi is a beautiful cave not far from Reykjavik. We explore the cave and then we search for the northern lights.
We check the cloud and aurora forecast and after gaining energy at our switching point we drive to a location where there is a good chance of seeing the northern lights.
- Lava tube cave
- Lava formations
- Northern lights search
- Small group experience
Included: Pick-up & drop-off in Reykjavik, guided caving tour, northern lights search in a minibus, flash light, gloves and helmet.
Not included: Dinner. You will be dropped off in Reykjavik after the tour, and you will have enough time to get dinner before we pick you up again for the northern lights hunting.
Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes, headwear, gloves, waterproof outer layers. You can also rent gear from us, see booking engine.
Difficulty: Moderate. Be able to crawl and walk on uneven surface (in the cave).
Small groups: The group maximum for the caving tour is 12 persons. The northern lights tour is operated in a minibus with a group maximum up to 28 persons.
Children (6-12): 50% off
If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.
Earth and Sky - Caving and the Northern Lights
Combo tour: This tour is a combination of two tours. First we do the Volcanic Veins caving tour and return back and drop you off at your pickup point in Reykjavik at around 16:00 - 16:30.
At 20:30 we pick you up again and go out to search for the northern lights on our Magical auroras tour. Duration of second tour is around 4 hours. You have around 4 hours to spend in-between tours.
After leaving Reykjavik we drive in a minibus for about 25 minutes and then we will reach the lava tube cave, Leidarendi, a well known lava cave in Iceland. The cave is located in Tvibollahraun lava field, close to the Blue Mountains. The cave is easily accessible to all who can walk on uneven surface.
The walk in the cave is an exciting journey and there are many things to see so we spend around one hour exploring the cave and its colourful magnificence. The length of the tube is estimated to be 900 metres. You will see natural stalactites and different rock formations making this an experience of majestic and almost indescribable beauty.
In the backward section, the cave forks into 3 tunnels where lava falls and other spectacular lava formations can be seen deep in those tunnels that lead to huge chambers.
Lava tubes are natural conduits through which lava travels beneath the surface of a lava flow, expelled by a volcano during an eruption. They can be actively draining lava from a source, or can be extinct, meaning the lava flow has ceased and the rock has cooled and left a long, cave-like channel. Lava tubes are formed when an active low-viscosity lava flow develops a continuous and hard crust, which thickens and forms a roof above the still-flowing lava stream. Tubes form in one of two ways: by the crusting over of lava channels, and from flows where the lava is moving under the surface.
Sometimes during winter time some ice can form in the forward section of the cave so that almost every stone is coated with a thin crust of ice.
Respect for nature and safety are our main concerns. There are no handrails, lights or any tools installed in or around the caves. We rely completely on the equipment we carry and it is important that people respect our guidelines. After the caving tour we go back to Reykjavik where you'll be dropped off. You now have time to have some dinner in the city before we go out again to search for the northern lights.
We check the weather forecast closely and set of into the night for the search of Northern Lights from the city.
We will hope for the best and be prepared if luck smiles on us. We will drive to beautiful locations somewhere on the south coast, we will get out of the minibus and check for the northern lights. We will go to locations where there is no light-pollution, so that we can get a good view of the Auroras.
The solar activity puts on a magnificent show of Aurora Borealis as a result of frequent and massive solar explosions. Seeing them swirling and swaying overhead is simply an unforgettable experience; the lights are usually greenish yellow but white, red and pink lights may also appear. To watch the northern lights surrounded by the magical Icelandic nature is like walking into a storybook full of mystical beings and locations- you will never find such places or sights anywhere else.
The entrance to cave Leidarendi is a small pit that leads down into the cave; the cave itself runs in two directions and connects in two parts so it runs in a circle.
This tour is suitable for all who can walk on uneven surfaces and at times, on all fours.
The cave's ceiling and walls are broken or collapsed in very few places and it is therefore easy to navigate. Although sometimes the cave’s ceiling gets a bit low so you might have to crawl for a short distance.
If the Northern Lights don't show up on your tour you can contact our sales team: [email protected] and we will book you on the Magical Auroras tour, free of charge. Please remember to mention your booking number in the email.
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Note: This is the route for the caving tour. The route for the northern lights tour depends on the cloud forecast.
Disclaimer: All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Extreme Iceland does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions.
Other caving tours: See our selection of caving and caving combo tours.
Magical Auroras: Northern lights searching in a minibus