Atmospheric 5-Hour Evening Lava Tunnel & Northern Lights Tour with Transfer from Reykjavik

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Reykjavík, Iceland
5 hours
Sept. - Apr.
Minimum age
6 years old


Explore a natural lava tunnel and see the northern lights on this fantastic combination tour from Reykjavik. Travelers who want to learn more about volcanic activity in Iceland and maximize their chances of seeing the aurora borealis will love this evening tour.

The tour begins at a convenient bus stop in Reykjavik, where your expert local guide will greet you before taking your group out of the city toward the Blue Mountains, known as the Blafjoll mountains in Icelandic. 

The first stop on your adventure will be the Raufarholshellir lava tunnel, located a short distance from the mountains.

The comfortable minibus has free onboard Wi-Fi to stay connected during the excursion. You can chat with friends or upload photos of the beautiful places you visit.

Arriving at the tunnel, you'll meet your guide, who will provide all the safety equipment you need for the tour, including a helmet and a head torch. After a thorough briefing, it's time to descend into the tunnel.

Your guide will lead you about 2,950 feet (900 meters) into the long lava cave. It's one of Iceland's most extensive lava tunnels, formed over 5,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption.  

You'll learn more about its formation as you explore. You'll see diverse mineral deposits and vibrant colors on the tunnel walls. 

The lava cave is easy to navigate thanks to the footbridges and paths underfoot. You'll need to climb up and down some stairs, but otherwise, the route is mostly flat and even. 

After your tunnel exploration, you'll reboard the minibus and journey into the South Iceland countryside to hunt for the northern lights. Your driver will take you far from Reykjavik to ensure light pollution doesn't prevent the appearance of the aurora. 

Thanks to the minibus, which can reach more remote places than larger buses, you'll visit secluded spots away from larger tour groups.

When you reach the chosen viewing destination, your guide will give you blankets to keep you warm while you wait for the northern lights to appear. Hot drinks and some sweet snacks will also be available. 

Watch the skies above as the beautiful green, yellow, pink, and purple colors of the aurora borealis dance. Your guide can help you with your camera settings and snap photos of you and your group under the northern lights.

The team will consult special aurora forecasts and cloud cover predictions to increase your chances of finding the northern lights. However, as they are natural phenomena, there's no guarantee that they will appear during your visit. 

If you don't see them, you'll receive a voucher for another northern lights minibus tour, valid for three years.

After a fantastic evening, you'll return to Reykjavik on the minibus.

Discover the atmospheric beauty of a lava tunnel and enjoy a northern lights hunting excursion on this combination tour from Reykjavik. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Transportation to and from Reykjavik in a comfortable minibus
Free Wi-Fi on board the minibus
Expert, English-speaking driver-guide
Safety equipment (helmet and head torch) for the lava tunnel
Hot drinks and snacks during the northern lights hunt
Crampons (during winter)


Northern lights hunting

What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing
Sturdy hiking boots
Hat and gloves
Reusable water bottle
Fully charged camera

Good to know

The northern lights are a natural phenomenon that cannot be guaranteed. If you don't see the lights during your tour, you'll receive a free voucher to take another northern lights minibus tour (not including the lava tunnel tour), valid for three years.

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