Private tour

Reykjavik: Lava Cave, Hot Springs, and Waterfalls Tour

4.6 / 5

43 reviews

Activity provider: Nicetravel
Private tour

Reykjavik: Lava Cave, Hot Springs, and Waterfalls Tour

Activity provider: Nicetravel
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From US$ 194.12 per person

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Explore the western side of Iceland by first visiting the Hraunfossar waterfalls and Deildartunguhver. Then discover the inside of the stunning Viðgelmir Lava Cave.

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Duration 10 hours
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Pickup included
As buses are not allowed to drive in certain areas of Reykjavik centre, your pick up may be from the nearest bus stop. You will be notified of your exact pick-up location If you do not require hotel pick-up, you can meet the tour at Nicetravel office in Fiskislóð 45M, 101 Reykjavik. Please notify Nicetravel directly if you intend to use this option and be there before 8:20 AM.
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  • Walk through the Viðgelmir Lava Cave
  • Encounter the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls
  • Visit the Reykholt historic site
Full description

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.

  • Admission fee to the Viðgelmir Lava Cave
  • Pick-up and drop off within Reykjavik
  • Free WiFi onboard the bus
  • English-speaking guide
  • Meals
Not suitable for
  • Children under 5 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • This tour takes up to 10 hours
  • Admission fee to the Viðgelmir Lava Cave is included in the ticket price
  • You will get free Wi-Fi on the bus
  • Meals are not included, please bring cash as there will be a stop for lunch and a coffee break in the afternoon
  • Pick-up takes place between 8:30AM–9:00AM, so please be ready at your pick up location from 8:30AM
  • The maximum number of passengers on the tour will be 19, allowing for a more personal and enjoyable experience
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 43 reviews

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Had a great day out and can totally recommend this tour! The combination of beautiful waterfalls, geothermal hot springs, the historic sights and the huge lava cave was brilliant, and our guide, Thor, explained everything so well and I just had a very fun and interesting time.

March 31, 2023

Great experience, starts right from the get go with a crazy off road experience in a Mercedes’ sprinter, I didn’t realise I could be lifted off my seat quite so spectacularly! Caves were good, but cold, so do wrap up warm. Information and guides were excellent, although I can’t help but feel that some of the information is wasted on most people, who really just want to wander around and marvel at the amazing geological shapes and formations. A great experience all round, we’d highly recommend it :)

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March 31, 2023

The lava tunnel was awe inspiring, with ice forming stalagmites from the overhead drip. The lava formations within the tunnel, were amazing and the guide was extremely informative about the geology of the formation of the tunnel. The waterfalls were breathtaking, with the glacier runoff providing a blue hue to the falls, contrasting the rest of the river they flowed into.

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March 31, 2023

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