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From Vik or Reykjavik: Katla Ice Cave and Super Jeep Tour

1. From Vik or Reykjavik: Katla Ice Cave and Super Jeep Tour

Discover southern Iceland’s unique ice caves on a guided tour from Vik or Reykavik. Experience breathtaking views as you drive along the country's spectacular south coast. Jump on a Super Jeep and head down a rural road. Approach incredible landscapes and jaw-dropping sights as you make your way to your first stop. Arrive at Myrdalsjokull Glacier and hike across it to reach Kötlujökull Glacier with provided crampons. Explore the frigid blue and black ice cave and admire its interior with your experienced guide. Head back to the minivan for the return drive to Vik or Reykavik.

From Reykjavik: Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel by Bus

2. From Reykjavik: Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel by Bus

Feel the thrill of discovering the unique rock formations in the Raufarhólshellir lava tube on a guided tour. Venture into the cave with a high-quality flashlight and helmet. Stay connected during your trip with complimentary WiFi on the climate-controlled bus from Reykjavik to the cave. Journey by bus from Reykjavik to the Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel about 30 minutes from the capital. Upon arrival, explore one of the largest lava tubes in Iceland, where the ceiling has caved in near the entrance to create beautiful columns of light.  Marvel at the fantastic range of colors in the tunnel wall caused by different mineral types in the rock. Go on a sensory journey as you hear the cave "talk" and feel the forces of nature like never before. Step out of your comfort zone at a site so extraordinary it was selected as a filming location for the Hollywood movie "Noah" starring Anthony Hopkins.

Iceland: Lava Caving Small Group Adventure

3. Iceland: Lava Caving Small Group Adventure

Explore the fascinating world beneath the lava fields on this caving tour. Located near Reykjavik, it’s a perfect example of an Icelandic lava tube, providing a truly unique experience as you explore the dark and mysterious underworld. During your adventure, see curious rock formations left behind by the last volcanic eruption. In winter the cave is often filled with glistening icicles of all shapes and sizes, a sight not soon forgotten. After you have been equipped with all necessary caving gear, crawl beneath the surface of the earth to explore the fairytale passages and crevasses of the cave. With guaranteed departures from Reykjavik every day of the year, put on a pair of good shoes and gloves, and bring a sense of adventure for this unorthodox trip. It helps if you are not afraid of the dark.

Reykjavik: Lava Cave, Hot Springs, and Waterfalls Tour

4. Reykjavik: Lava Cave, Hot Springs, and Waterfalls Tour

After being picked up from your accommodation, you will travel west to the historic area of Borgarfjörður, a region that can be regarded as the setting for most of the Icelandic sagas. First, visit the charming Glanni Waterfall and Deildartunguhver Geothermal Area. Afterward, you will see the great Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls spread at a distance of around 900 meters. The waters flow out of the Hallmundarhraun, a lava field that was formed around 1,000 years ago during a massive eruption of a volcano lying under a Langjökull glacier. Rivulets streaming from the lava field create one of the most breath-taking views in Iceland, and just a few meters away, you will find another interesting waterfall.  The highlight of the tour is a visit to a colorful Vidgelmir lava cave. Just shy of 1,600 meters in length, the cave features amazing colors and lava formations that lurk in the depths of the earth. The area surrounding the entrance to the cave will allow you to realize just how powerful eruptions of volcanoes can be. Lastly, visit the Reykholt historic site where you can learn about the history of Iceland and see Snorralaug, small hot spring used by local people since the 12th century. This place was first mentioned in medieval writings OF Snorri Sturluson, the famous Icelandic poet, and politician who used to bathe there.

From Reykjavik: Guided Exploration of Katla Glacier & Caves

5. From Reykjavik: Guided Exploration of Katla Glacier & Caves

Leave Reykjavik to discover the frozen wilderness of Iceland. Take a scenic drive to the coastal village of Vik, before going off-road in a jeep modified for icy conditions. Arrive at Katla glacier and walk across frozen water to venture into the ice caves. Venture south from Reykjavik to the coast of Iceland. Immerse yourself in the picturesque scenery as you drive, encountering waterfalls, black sand beaches, and breathtaking mountain backdrops. Catch a glimpse of Kekla in the distance, Iceland’s most active volcano. Visit the coastal village of Vik, hopefully not connected to any living Vikings, and get ready for the adventure to begin. Jump into your modified super jeep, capable of driving through anything. Experience the thrill of off-road travel to reach Katla glacier. Arrive in the wondrous icy wilderness and gear up to delve into the ice caves. Walk across the frozen water with provided crampons and find yourself beneath Katla glacier. Marvel at the way the light filters through the caves. 

From Reykjavik: Iceland 4-day South and West Coast Tour

6. From Reykjavik: Iceland 4-day South and West Coast Tour

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime on this unforgettable 4-day tour of the Land of Fire and Ice! Your adventure will start with a city pick-up, traveling in a small group (19 or less), and savoring the scenery en route to West Iceland. Day 1 - Silver Circle & Lava Caving After a stop in Borgarnes, you’ll see the most powerful hot spring in Europe at Deildartunguhver and two spectacular waterfalls at Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Then we’ll take you deep underground to explore a lava tunnel at Víðgelmir, where you’ll see fascinating ice and lava formations! Day 1 will end in the Viking heartland of Húsafell and Reykholt before spending the night in Borgarnes. Day 2 | Snæfellsnes National Park The second day will take you to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, often called “Iceland in Miniature.” You’ll see the famous “Black Church” at Budakirkja and the thrilling rock formations at Arnarstapi, including Gatklettur and the towering pinnacles at Lóndrangar. Take a stroll on the picturesque black sand beach at Djúpalónssandur and enjoy the breathtaking sight of Kirkjufell, one of Iceland’s most photogenic peaks. We’ll then return to the city for the night. Day 3 | South Coast Waterfalls & Black Beach The third day takes you to Iceland’s stunning South Coast, where you’ll be amazed by a parade of astonishing waterfalls, including Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfrabúi, and Skógafoss. You’ll get close to a glittering glacier at Sólheimajökull, discover the dark rock arches of Dyrhólaey, and walk on the famous black sand beach at Reynisfjara. We’ll stay in the peaceful countryside overnight, always watching for the Northern Lights overhead, provided the weather conditions are suitable! Day 4 | Glacier Lagoon & Blue Ice Cave The final day brings you to the dream destination of the Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach at Jökulsárlón. Then we’ll take you deep into the Vatnajökull National Park with a Super Jeep journey for a Blue Ice Cave experience! On our return to Reykjavík, you’ll also see a traditional turf-roofed church at Hofskirkja.

Leidarendi Cave: Lava Tunnel Caving from Reykjavik

7. Leidarendi Cave: Lava Tunnel Caving from Reykjavik

Go caving in Iceland's Leidarendi Cave. You should definitely go on this tour if you want to see what’s underneath all the lava in Iceland. You will will explore the hidden world of the lava fields as you're taken down to The End of the Road (I. Leiðarendi). Leiðarendi is about 900 meters long, and you will walk around 150 meters towards it. The cave lies in a circle and is pitch black without light, but you will get a helmet and headlight, so you will easily see the wonders the cave has to offer. You will see magnificent lava formations such as stalactites and drip stalagmites, and have an underground adventure. You might need to hunch and crawl a bit, but all in all the cave gives an easy access to the underworld of the Icelandic lava fields. The lava above the cave was formed more than 2,000 years ago.

Silfra: Leidarendi Lava Caving & Snorkeling Tour with Photos

8. Silfra: Leidarendi Lava Caving & Snorkeling Tour with Photos

Combining snorkeling and caving gives you the ultra experience of Icelandic nature. You will explore the hidden world of the lava fields on foot and underwater. The cave we will visit is called Leiðarendi. The 900-meter-long lava tube offers unique rock formations, such as stalactites and shelves. Some light crawling may be required yet Leiðarendi cave has a rather easy access to the underworld wonders of the Icelandic lava fields. You will snorkel under the UNESCO World Heritage site, Þingvellir national park  at the freshwater fissure Silfra, one of the best diving site in the world. Silfra is about 60-63 meters at its deepest. Silfra is a freshwater fissure and you can almost see end to end as the water is so clear. No diving experience is needed as you will snorkel at the surface of the canyon. We provide all the gear that you need and offer snorkeling in wetsuit and drysuit all dependant on your interest. Adventure Vikings is the only company in Iceland offering wetsuit snorkeling and we really recommend you to do that as you will get more freedom in your snorkeling experience.

From Reykjavík: 4, 5, 6 or 7-Day Small-Group Ring Road Tour

9. From Reykjavík: 4, 5, 6 or 7-Day Small-Group Ring Road Tour

Spend 4, 5, 6 or 7 days on a road trip around the land of Ice and Fire. Explore and see the best attractions of Iceland and experience an adventure without having to worry about getting around. The maximum number of passengers on this tour is 19 which creates a more personal and enjoyable experience. Day 1 – South Coast of Iceland Departing from Reykjavík, see the Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss and Glubrabui waterfalls and admire the black-sand shores of Reynisfjara Beach. Take in the views on a glacier hike. Day 2 – Adventure in the East Start the day in style with a visit to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon (a boat tour between icebergs is included) and the nearby Diamond Beach. Drive to the Vestrahorn and Studlagil canyons before continuing along the dramatic east coast which boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks. At the end of the day, take a soak in Vök Geothermal Floating Pools. Day 3 – Lake Mývatn and waterfalls Today, discover the unique natural volcanic environment of Lake Mývatn. Encounter geothermal hot springs, caves with steaming blue waters, imposing rock formations, unique birdlife, and fauna. Explore highlights such as the magnificent Dettifoss, which is Europe’s most powerful waterfall and Góðafoss - the waterfall of Gods. Relax at the end of the day with a visit to Mývatn Natural Geothermal Spa and plunge into silky, blue waters rich in skin-healing minerals. Day 4 – Northern Iceland Start your day at Akureyri, the capital of the North. Here you will enjoy the atmosphere of this charming town and take part in whale-watching boat tour. While driving through the North Coast towards Reykjavik you will have a moment to enjoy the Hvítserkur and Kolugjufur Canyon. Day 5 (optional) – Borgarfjörður and Lava Caving Admire the great Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of almost 300 ft. Afterwards, see the majestic Barnafoss waterfall and Reykholt Historic Site. Later, head inside the biggest lava cave in Iceland, Viðgelmir, before finishing the day at Deildartunguhver, the highest flowing hot spring in Europe. Day 6 (optional) – Snæfellsnes National Park Spend the day exploring Snæfellsnes National Park. This park has often been referred to as "Iceland in miniature", due to its many varieties of geology. Don't miss a visit here if you want to capture the true spirit and beauty of the island. Day 7 (optional) – Golden Circle Finish your time in Iceland with a journey along Iceland's most popular route. Spot Geysers, The Golden Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park, and Kerið Volcano, all of which are must-sees for visitors. You may also choose to add a visit to the Blue Lagoon to your tour today.

Private South Coast, Ice Cave, & Black Sands Tour

10. Private South Coast, Ice Cave, & Black Sands Tour

Iceland´s South Coast has many awe-inspiring features, including the beautiful waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss and the stunning Reynisfjara with its unique black sand beach. Visit the top sights of the south and experience the amazing diversity of Iceland, as well as discovering and exploring various local secrets with an experienced guide. This tour is on The south coast of Iceland in a pretty little package! Tour highlights: Our special mix of popular sites and local secrets! Join this fantastic sightseeing tour discovering some of the most beloved natural attractions found along Iceland’s picturesque south coast. This is a great opportunity for visitors to Iceland who have yet to explore this stunning region, as well as those travellers hoping to maximise their holiday time in Iceland. The south coast is widely considered to be one of the most picturesque routes in the whole of Iceland, a region characterised by its rugged shorelines, distant mountainscapes and cascading waterfalls. From your vantage point on the tour bus, you are privy to this incredible scenery, gaining a real insight into just why Iceland is so desirable as a travel destination. You will be making a stop at two of the popular waterfalls found along the South Coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. These attractions are available year-round, making them a staple visit on sightseeing tours in Iceland. Both waterfalls cascading at a whopping 65 and 60 metres respectively, Seljalandsfoss differentiates itself by being one of the only waterfalls in Iceland where it is possible to walk directly behind the water. This provides for some really fun, unique snapshots. Skógafoss is wider and more powerful than Seljalandsfoss, and guests here can walk right up to the point the water crashes into the rock pools below. Further along the South Coast, you will make a stop at the hauntingly beautiful black sand beach, Reynisfjara. Here, you can observe the incredible basalt stacks built into the adjacent cliff faces, and stand in awe as the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean complement this gorgeous panorama. You will also have the opportunity to explore the nearby coastal village of Vik before heading towards Dyrhólaey. Dyrhólaey is a small peninsula that once stood separate from mainland Iceland. Now joined by a land bridge to the rest of the country, this promenade has become famous for its nesting birdlife, a dramatic rock arch and stunning views. From here, you will likely be able to see the outlet glacier, Sólheimajökull, glistening in the distance. We also visit and closely observe a secret ice cave when the conditions allow- this is included in the price. Don’t delay any further! Join this fantastic sightseeing tour today and you too can experience the many beautiful attractions found along Iceland’s South Coast. Check availability by choosing a date.

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We had an evening flight home so wanted to do something short and sweet on the last day so booked onto the short Lava Tunnel trip. The shorter trip was a brilliant and informative Introduction to the cave and the tour guide was fantastic. A great trip to finish off our holiday in Iceland

It was great! Jon was our guide and he is humorous. On the way to the ice cave, he shared some history about Vik. He also recommend us to drive to a nearby island. The ice cave experience was superb and the pace of the hiking was relax and enjoyable.

Our walk through the lava cave was a great experience. We learned much from our guide, who was a geologist and answered our endless questions.

AWESOME experience!! A must-do Icelandic adventure. Fun and knowledgeable guides were a huge bonus! :)

It's a bit tricky getting into the tunnels in winter, but it's well worth the hassle.