Combination 7-Hour Lava Tunnel and Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik

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Reykjavík, Iceland
7 hours
All year
Minimum age
3 years old


Explore an incredible natural lava tunnel and then embark on a whale-watching boat tour when you book this fantastic guided excursion. Those eager to experience a spectacular lava tunnel and see whales on the same trip should book this combination tour now.

Your excursion starts in Reykjavik, where you'll join a transfer to the Raufarholshellir lava tunnels. You'll meet your expert, English-speaking guide and the other guests on the tour.

Your guide will give you all the necessary equipment, including helmets and lights, and a thorough safety briefing before heading into the tunnel.

Raufarholshellir lava tunnel was formed approximately 5,200 years ago during a volcanic eruption, and it stretches over 4,500 feet (1,360) meters long.

Visitors can explore its otherworldly interior, featuring stalactites and stalagmites, which have developed over millennia.

As you explore the colorful landscape of the lava tunnel, your guide will tell you more about the region's volcanic history.

You'll marvel at the striking contrasts between the tunnel's dark, ancient walls and the vibrant, colorful mineral deposits on them. During winter, you'll see natural ice sculptures at the tunnel entrance.

The tunnel is easily accessed, and anyone with a reasonable fitness level should be able to explore it. There are footbridges, paths, and beautiful lighting to help you access more of the cave.

After you've finished exploring, you'll be taken back to Reykjavik, ready for the whale-watching part of the tour from the old harbor.

You'll head out on a boat into Faxafloi bay, where you can spot some of the whale species that call this area home.

Familiar sights on Reykjavik whale-watching tours include minke whales, harbor porpoises, humpback whales, and white-beaked dolphins. Your guide for the tour will be able to point out whales during the tour and tell you more about them.

As well as seeing whales, you'll also get stunning views of the rugged coastline, with opportunities to see seabirds, seals, and even the occasional puffin.

You'll be given overalls to wear over your own warm, waterproof clothing. Hot drinks like hot chocolate and coffee are available, and you can purchase food on board the boat if you're hungry.

When the tour is finished, you'll head back to the old harbor, just a short walk from the shops, restaurants, and bars in the city center of Reykjavik.

Take advantage of ticking off two Iceland bucket list items in one day with this combination lava tunnel and whale watching tour. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Bus fare to the lava tunnel
Expert, English-speaking guides
Flashlight and helmet
Guided lava tunnel and whale-watching tours


Whale Watching
Boat Trip

What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing
Good hiking shoes
Hat and gloves
Reusable water bottle
Snacks or a packed lunch


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