Our day will begin with meeting the lava caving guide. At the beginning of the tour, you will be provided with all the necessary safety equipment (helmet with a head torch, walking stick, and crampons in winter). Once you're ready, you'll head into the lava tube for your lava caving adventure.
Even though the lava tube is usually entirely dark, the lights illuminate the most impressive parts. You'll see that the cave's walls are emerald, ruby, turquoise, and lilac shades. That is because of the minerals that color the lava structure. Your guide will tell you how the lava shaped this cave into the tubular form we see today.
Raufarholshellir's environment changes depending on the season. In the winter, ice shards and ice stalagmites cover the cave, while in the summer, it's drier, with multi-colored minerals covering the walls.
How big is Raufarholshellir? At some points, the ceiling reaches up to 10 meters high. The visitors are usually amazed by its grandiosity.
In terms of difficulty, the walk is relatively easy. There are developed footbridges in most parts. The natural parts are uneven but easily accessed. People of all ages and abilities can participate in this tour, as long as they are comfortable walking through rough terrain.
After the lava caving adventure, our day is not finished. There's another experience yet to come. Whale watching is one of the most exciting activities you can do in Iceland. We'll meet at the Old Harbor in Reyjavik, and once you board our custom-made RIB boat, our journey begins.
We will cross the Atlantic ocean waves till we reach the place called "the puffin island." Its name is Akurey, but it has been nicknamed since those lovely birds come to nest here between late spring and early summer. Seeing the adorable puffins will be an excellent amusement for both children and adults.
Then, we will continue down to Kollafjordur bay, where the actual whale watching begins. Since Mother Nature is in charge, the real sightings cannot be guaranteed, but our expert guides will use their knowledge to increase the chances.
Who lives down there in the waters? Iceland is home to over twenty whale species, including Minke Whales and Sperm Whales. Harbour Porpoises, White-beaked Dolphins, and Orcas are seen there as well. On some occasions, the majestic Blue Whale also crosses through the Icelandic waters. This is one of the few places where you can see the largest living creature in the world.
We will head back to Reykjavik at the end of the day, full of adventures, taking the scenic route by the coastline. If we're lucky, we may even spot some seals or more nesting birds along the way!