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 Afternoon tour and in the evening we search for the northern lights, on the Magical Auroras tour.
The aptly named Combo Madness tour is not for the faint of heart!
Small groups and personal experience.
Duration: ~15 hours
Pick-up: 8 a.m.
Available: Sept - Apr
Age limit: 10 years
- Lava tube caving
- Thingvellir national park
- Geothermal area & Geysir
- Gullfoss waterfall
- Northern lights search
- Small groups
Difficulty: Able to crawl and walk on uneven surface, for the caving tour.
Included: Hotel pick up & drop off in Reykjavik, guided tours, all relevant equipment.
Not Included: Lunch & Dinner (you will have time between tours to grab something to eat, see note here below).
Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes. You can rent shoes and waterproof clothing in the booking engine.
Important Note: This tour is a combination of three tours. After each tour, we will drop you off at a switching point in Reykjavik, where you can grab something to eat and drink before we head out on the next tour. We pick you up at 8 a.m. in Reykjavik for your first adventure. For lunch, we stop at a place where you can go to a bakery or a supermarket. We pick you up for the second tour at 12:00. After the second excursion, we drop you off at your accommodation in Reykjavik. We pick you up again there for the northern lights tour, at *8:30 p.m. (20:30).
*From September 1st until the 30th and March 1st until 20th of April, the Northern Lights tour starts at 9:30 p.m. due to daylight.
Children (10-15): 25% off
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.
The Leiðarendi Cave Tour
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.
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.
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.
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 Afternoon - 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 Reykjavik, heading eastwards out of the city, passing through vast lava fields.
Thingvellir National Park & Öxarárfoss Waterfall
The first 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.
Geysir and Gullfoss
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.When you are finished exploring Geysir it should be lunch time, so we will stop at a local place to sit down and have a bite.
After lunch, it's time for the highlight of the tour in the eyes of many, this nature pearl captures 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!).
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. Our first stop will be a local country restaurant where you can save up some energy for the upcoming search. You will have the option of enjoying a dinner (not included) or eat your own food. We depart from there on the Magical Auroras evening tour where we drive out of the light pollution and head to a location where conditions are optimal for northern lights 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.
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.
An amazing day in Iceland
When the day comes to an end you can sit back and give yourself a pat on the back. You finished the Combo Madness tour! Now you can tell your friends about all those awesome sights you saw - All in a single day in Iceland.
Map - (click to enlarge)
Note: The best location to view Northern Lights may vary. The driver will search for the best spot based on the conditions on the day.
Disclaimer: The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and we cannot guarantee a sighting. But you will get to try again for free.
Classic tour: Golden Circle Complete - Classic Minibus Tour
Afternoon departure: Golden Circle Afternoon - Minibus tour
Evening tour: Magical Auroras - Northern lights tour in a minibus