Volcanic Veins & Golden Circle

1. Jun - 15. Sept Daily About 11 hours Your hotel / guesthouse in Reykjavik VERY_EASY Min 6 years old

Tour description
€164 per person

On this tour you will experience caving in the lava tube Leidarendi in the morning and the Golden Circle in the afternoon. A full day of experiences in a small group of people.

In the morning we go to Leidarandi Lava Cave. We will enter through narrow cave entrances and find they open out to reveal an extraordinary scenery of lava formations and unexpected colours. You will see natural stalactites and different rock formations making this an experience of majestic and almost indescribable beauty. Cave Leidarendi is about 900 metres long and it is situated near a volcanic crater south-east of the town of Hafnarfjordur. It was first mapped in 1992.

After lunch we will go to Golden Circle. At Thingvellir National Park the Great Atlantic rift which is slowly pulling Iceland apart is clearly visible. The Icelandic Parliament Alþingi was established in the year 930 AD.

From Thingvellir we continue to Gullfoss Waterfall (meaning “Golden Falls”) and the hot spring geothermal active valley of Haukadalur with its famous Geysir hot spring. The geysir Strokkur spouts about every few minutes and projects hot water and steam about 60-100 feet into the air. In this area there are many walking paths giving you a great view of steaming vents and colourful, mineral-rich mud formations.

We also stop at the green house village Hveragerdi, a beautiful horticultural town where some of Iceland’s fruits and vegetables are grown in geothermal heated greenhouses. Although this trip is an express tour, you will be visiting some of the very best known historical sites and natural phenomena in Iceland.

Tour highlights

  • Cave Leidarendi is about 900 metres long and it is situated near a volcanic crater south-east of the town of Hafnarfjordur
  • Landscape and history of Thingvellir National Park
  • Gullfoss waterfall created by the river Hvita
  • Geysir geothermal area where the Strokkur hot spring shoots a column of water up to 30 metres

Did you know?

This is a great combo of Golden circle sightseeing and caving in an ancient lava cave first discovered in the year 1992.


  • Pick up from your hotel / guesthouse in Reykjavik.
  • Professional English speaking guide.
  • Guided caving tour, including flashlight, gloves and a helmet.

Good to know

Pick up from hotels / guesthouses starts up to 30 minutes before scheduled departure time.

This tour is suitable for all who can walk on uneven surfaces and at times, on all fours. There are no handrails, lights or any tools installed in or around the caves. We rely completely on the equipment we carry and it is important that people respect the guidelines of the operator.

We recommend you wear good walking shoes or hiking boots which are suitable for walking on uneven lava surfaces.