Try the best of Iceland's volcanoes and wildlife on this lava tube and whale watching adventure! Raufarhólshellir Lava Tube reveals the hidden mysteries of our island's recent geological history. In the afternoon, you join a whale watching tour from the Reykjavik marina.
Duration: ~7 hours
Pick-up: 08:00 - 08:30
Group maximum: 18 persons
Available: All year
Age limit: 6 years
- Lava tube caving
- Whale Watching
- Small group experience
- Walk through lava field
Suitable for all who can walk on uneven surfaces and at times, crawl a bit.
Pick-up in Reykjavik, transfer between the two tour locations
- Caving: guided caving tour, flashlight, gloves, and helmet
- Whale watching: guided whale watching tour, warm floatable overalls, Wi-Fi and café bar on-board
- Please note that the tour ends in downtown Reykjavik, at the Old Harbour. If you would like to be dropped off at a different location, it is possible to book a drop off service from the whale watching ticket office.
Bring with you:
Warm clothes, sturdy shoes, packed lunch.
Children (8-15): 25% off
This is an amazing combination of two separate tours: a 3-hour whale watching tour and a 3-hours lava tube caving tour.
The Raufarhólshellir Lava Cave Tour
We will enter through narrow cave entrances and find they open out to reveal an extraordinary scene of lava formations and unexpected colors. You will see natural stalactites and different rock formations making this an experience of majestic and almost indescribable beauty.
We recommend you wear good walking shoes or hiking boots which are suitable for walking on uneven lava surfaces.
We'll be using torches and not headlights. There are a few reasons for that, mainly because headlights are weaker than torches and it is difficult to point them in the correct direction.
At around 4500 ft (1360 m) long, Raufarhólshellir Lava Tube formed during the Leitahraun eruption, nearly 5,200 years ago!
Raufarhólshellir lava tube is considered to be a subterranean wonderworld. The cave awards visits with spectacular insight into Iceland's underground of lava and magma chambers.
Whale Watching Tour
We drive you to the Reykjavik marina where you will have about half an hour between tours. You'll be able to buy something to eat in the whale watching boat if you have forgotten your lunch pack.
The Whale Watching tour departs at 13:00. You'll receive detailed information about it on your voucher.
The whales we most commonly spot include minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and even the majestic humpback whales. A wide variety of seabirds can also be observed on this tour. You will need to be ready to train your camera on gannets, guillemots, cormorants, gulls, kittiwakes, arctic terns and the thousands of colourful puffins which dot the nearby islands during the puffin season.
The guides use their experience to help you to know where to look to locate the wildlife, describe what is seen and use their scientific knowledge to answer your questions. The crew will make sure that any birders on board will not miss the birds we encounter!
The boats have spacious and finely decorated public areas with huge windows and a café providing refreshments for your convenience. The extra larger viewing deck boasts a fantastic panoramic view and is a great place from which to capture the fantastic scenery around. Experience this photographer's delight for yourself!
Your captain welcomes any curious passenger who wishes to visit the wheelhouse and will explain how all the equipment works.
Map - (click to enlarge)
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. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.