Earth and Sky - Caving and the Northern Lights - EI66

From the centre of the earth and to the sky - Minibus tour

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Northern Lights in a minibus. This is a combo tour. Raufarhólshellir 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.

Duration: 3-4 hours

Pick-up: 8:00

Group maximum: 15 persons*

Available: Sept - Apr

Age limit: 6 years

Difficulty: Easy

Tour Highlights:
  • Lava tube cave
  • Northern lights search
  • Small group experience


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.


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.

Aurora Bonus

If the Northern Lights don't show up on your tour you can contact our sales team here and we will book you on the Magical Auroras tour, free of charge. Please remember to mention your booking number in the email.

Northern lights image gallery

17 990 per adult

Children (6-12): 25% off

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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 11:00 am. 
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.

Going underground

After leaving Reykjavik we drive in a minibus for about 25 minutes and then we will reach the Raufarhólshellir lava tube cave. The cave is easily accessible to all who can walk on an 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 colorful magnificence. You will see natural stalactites and different rock formations making this an experience of majestic and almost indescribable beauty.

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 a great caving tour we head back to Reykjavík and drop you off around 11:00 at your original pick-up location, giving you time to have a nice day exploring Reykjavik's bustling city center. We then pick you up in front of your hotel for your Northern Lights tour at 20:30-21:30. Please note that food and beverages are not included on the evening tour.

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.

Map - (click to enlarge)

tour map earth and sky

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.