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Hot Spring Snorkeling, Lava Caving & Aurora Basecamp

The ultimate Icelandic experience

Geothermal energy, lava caves and Northern Lights

The most adventurous day

There's no doubt that Iceland is probably the best place on Earth to see the forces of nature at work. This is true for the whole island and right here in the Capital area we are so lucky that we can witness nature's show just a short drive away from the city.

On this tour we take you to Kleifarvatn lake for a snorkeling tour, we explore a lava cave formed thousands of years ago and we top it all off with a visit to the one and only Aurora Basecamp Northern Lights Observatory.

Our Hot Spring Snorkeling Tour is an exclusive opportunity to swim in an active hot spring, among gas bubbles and sorrounded by fascinating, colorful motifs that the sulfur residues paint on the sandy bottom of the lake. You will be fascinated by the vast range of colors that go from white to yellow to orange and you will feel the most peculiar environment around you, which has often been described as swimming in a glass of champagne.

After the guided snorkeling tour, we will take you on a short drive to reach the Leidarenði lava tube. This cave system formed about 2000 years ago following very intense volcanic activity that interested the Reykjanes Peninsula. What we are left with is a 1000-meter long lava tunnel that showcases the most common features of Icelandic caves. We will gear up in helmets and headlamps and then start descending into the lava tunnel from the opening in the middle of a lava field. Once down in the tunnel, our lamps will shed light on a mesmerizing scenery made of bright colors ranging from yellow to red and even purple. For about one hour we will move along the tube and observe the beautiful rock formations, stalactites and stalagmites that populate the cave.
This tour is suitable for everyone, but please keep in mind that there are parts of the cave where the ceiling is very low or the floor is unstable and we will have to bend down, squat or even crawl through. We highly recommend you wear sturdy hiking shoes.

We will emerge after the caving tour to conclude our day with a visit to the unique Aurora Basecamp Northern Lights Observatory. These domes were built in 2019 to provide a unique Northern Light experience and you will visit the Dark Park, where you will find a lifelike simulation of the lights.
Additionally, the guides will give you tons of information and tips on how to hunt the lights and how to take pictures of them on your camera or phone.

Tour Details

  • Available on request

  • 8 hours

  • 8 snorkelers per snorkeling guide

  • 8 cavers per caving guide

  • Contact us to book for your group

From ISK 21.400

Please bring:

  • Long underwear
  • Thick socks
  • Suitable clothes for the weather of the day
  • Contact lenses if you wear glasses
  • Sturdy hiking shoes

Included

  • Guided snorkelling tour
  • All necessary snorkelling equipment
  • Guided caving tour
  • All necessary caving equipment
  • Light snacks after both tours
  • Visit to Aurora Basecamp

Safety requirements

All participants must:
  • have read, signed, and followed directions on the online Snorkeling Medical Statement (link provided in confirmation email) PDF

  • have our Snorkeling Medical form signed off by a doctor if they are age 60 or older PDF

  • sign our liability release form at the start of the snorkeling tour PDF

  • be at minimum 150cm / maximum 200cm

  • be at minimum 45kg / maximum 120kg

  • fit within our dry suit size chart

  • be at least 12 years of age on the year and at least 45 kg / 99 lbs

  • be comfortable in the water and be able to swim

  • be physically fit

  • be ready to wear a sometimes tight & constricting dry suit

  • be able to communicate in English

  • not be pregnant

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Guides on this tour

You might be guided by one of these nice guys

YOU'LL VISIT THIS AREA

Kleifarvatn lake

Leiðarendi Lava Cave

Aurora Basecamp

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