INSIDE THE VOLCANO

from EUR 400

A unique opportunity for adventurous travelers to descend into an Icelandic volcano. The dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano in Iceland is the only place on earth where a huge volcanic magma chamber is accessible to humans. Participants will descend 120m/400ft through the top crater and down to the ground floor of the magma chamber, accompanied by experienced and specially trained guides.

Tour Code: DTB-28
  • Tour Availability: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
  • Seasons: May 15th to October 15th
  • Duration: 4-6 hrs
  • Min. nr of Participants: 1

Inside the Volcano (13).jpgA unique opportunity for adventurous travelers to descend into an Icelandic volcano

The dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano in Iceland is the only place on earth where a huge volcanic magma chamber is accessible to humans. The operation of this unique and exclusive tour, only available during the summer, is a part of an ongoing environmental-, geological,- and marketing research in the volcano. Future plans are to make the phenomenon accessible to the public and to create one of the most unique tourist attractions in the world.

Enter a New World! Participants will descend 120m/400ft through the top crater and down to the ground floor of the magma chamber, accompanied by experienced and specially trained guides. An open elevator system is used in the operation, transporting participants up and down the chamber in a cable lift. Thrihnukagigur volcano last erupted over 4000 years ago. It's located approximately 30km/20miles from Reykjavik.

Tour Code: DTB-28

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A unique opportunity for adventurous travelers to descend into an Icelandic volcano

Journey towards the Center of the Earth. Explore the heart of a Volcano Thrihnukagigur is the only place on earth where you can go into a magma chamber. It's been over four decades ago since the first man set foot on the moon. But it's only now that human beings are offered the chance to see what a volcano looks like on the inside.

The dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano (yeah, good luck trying to pronounce it!) is a unique natural phenomenon. By putting up the necessary gear and equipment, we´ve created a tour that opens the door to a new world. And it really isn´t that complicated to experience it. All you need is the willingness to finish an easy 40 minute hike to get to the crater and the guts to descend 120 meters/400 ft to the bottom of the crater in an open cable lift.

Tour facts:

  • Operation dates: Daily from May 15th – October 15th
  • Tour departures: 8:00 AM / 10:00 AM / 12:00 PM / 14:00 PM.
  • Duration: 5-6 hours (up 35-40 minutes inside the volcano).
  • Fitness level needed: Moderate (Difficulty is 2-3 out of 5 possible).
  • No knowledge of hiking or climbing is required. It's not an uphill walk, but the surface is hilly and uneven.
  • Walking Distance: Approximately 3 km (2 miles) each way, walk for ca. 45-50 minutes.
  • A guide will be with you at all times during the walk.
  • This is NOT a tour for those in no or limited physical shape.
  • Age limit: 12 years.
  • Bring with you: Good hiking shoes and warm clothes. The weather in the mountains is unpredictable and can be very different from what it is or seems from the down-town center. Wear warm clothes (sneakers and jeans will NOT do you any good!).

Read further details under Trip Guide.

Important Information about the Hike

The hike from the parking lot meeting point at Blue Mountains Country Park (Bláfjöll) to Thrihnukagigur volcano is an integral part of the tour, not only because of the breathtaking scenery, but also because it's the only way to get to the base of the volcano. The distance walked is approximately 3 km/2 miles and it usually takes about 50 minutes for participants to complete the hike (depending on the group). After the descent into the volcano, guests walk back the same way. The hike is classified as moderate in difficulty, roughly 2.5 on a scale of 5. Most of the way it is a straight walk with limited elevation, but the surface is hilly and very uneven. The last 10 minutes of the hike are the most challenging, with an elevation of around 100m/350ft.

What you should wear and have with you:

  • Good shoes that provide ankle support, preferably hiking shoes.
  • Warm outdoor clothing. Even if the sun is shining in Reykjavik, the weather can be totally different in the highlands. And it's cold inside a volcano (about 4°C/37°F)!
  • Water (or something else to drink). The hike is a good workout, you'll need the fluid.

It's important for tour guests to realize that the weather is very unpredictable, and you should definitely bring warm, rainproof clothes with you, even if the weather in Reykjavik is nice and the forecast looks good. You don't need any particular skills or prior hiking experience in order to do the hike, but you definitely need to be in decent shape.

If you are suffering from any of the following, then the tour is probably not for you:

  • Problems with ankles, knees or any part of the feet
  • Problems with the back and/or hips. There is a lot of pressure on the back when walking on such an uneven surface.
  • Obesity or being severely overweight.
  • Any other physical problem that might affect your ability to complete a combined walk of almost two hours within half a day.
Tour Code: DTB-28

A unique opportunity for adventurous travelers to descend into an Icelandic volcano

How it's done? Don't worry. You will be safe. This tour is not dangerous. Just so that's clear. But let us tell you why. An innovative way is used to lower visitors down the crater's opening ca. 4×4 m/12×12 ft width. We use a system normally used to carry window cleaners outside of skyscrapers, an open elevator system. A basket that holds 5-6 persons is connected to a crane that has been placed vertically over the crater opening. Massive cable wires move the basket up and down the bottle-shaped vault. All equipment and processes have been tested extensively and approved by the administration of Occupational Safety and Health in Iceland. Everybody that goes down to the crater will be placed in a harness and required to use a helmet at all times (provided on spot).

Several guides, all highly trained and experienced mountain guides and cave explores, will be with you at all times. Generally, one expert guide will be placed at the top of the crater, one will control and be in the basket with passengers, and one will be located on the ground of the magma chamber.

The 120 m/400 ft journey takes about 10 minutes to complete, giving you an idea of how slowly you are moving down the crater. This is of course to ensure the safety of passengers but also to provide the opportunity to enjoy the amazing scenery.

The tour enables you to enjoy many of the most amazing things Iceland has to offer – a great mixture of nature, history and adventure. The whole program takes about 5-6 hours to complete, in which time you will:

  • Take an easy yet very scenic hike across a lava field, often compared to the surface of the moon.
  • Get to know a bunch of stuff about volcanoes and volcanic activity in Iceland.
  • Taste a delicious traditional Icelandic meat soup. Actually, you can have as much of it as you want.
  • Enjoy an amazing view of Reykjavik and the Reykjanes peninsula.
  • Get your adrenaline pumping, for sure.
  • Have a very, very, very close encounter with a volcano.
  • Hopefully leave with a life-lasting memory of a unique and distinct Icelandic travel experience.

The tour departs several times a day from the BSÍ central bus station in Iceland. Pick-up at hotels/guesthouses in Reykjavik start 30-40 minutes prior to departure and we urge you to be ready in the lobby.

The drive from Reykjavik to Blafjoll mountain cabin takes about 30 minutes. A guide will meet and greet you at the cabin, leading the way in the walk across the lava field. The walk will be entertaining, enlightening and full of surprises – we promise.

If you have your own car, then make sure you arrive at the parking lot outside the cabin no later than 25 minutes past the scheduled departure time (so those who have the transfer and those who have their own car arrive at the same time).

The walk usually takes about 45-50 minutes to complete. After arriving on location, your group will be informed about all safety procedures and how to behave in the area and when inside the volcano. You will be wearing a helmet and harness.

The group is then split into a smaller party of 4-5 persons. The descent down/up takes about 10 minutes and the first ones to go down will usually be the first ones to go up.

You can spend about 35-40 minutes inside the volcano (or spend less time, if you'd prefer that), in which time you can take as many photos as you want. However, you are not allowed to take rocks and stones from the crater.

Expert guides will be with you at all times, in the cable lift and at the ground of the magma chamber. While waiting for everyone in the group to complete the volcano visit, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Icelandic meat soup, hot coffee/tea/chocolate and perhaps some sweets with it.

Don´t be surprised when we ask you to fill out a short questionnaire about the visit into the volcano. It would mean the world to us! Finally, you will walk back over the lava.

Tour Code: DTB-28

Price: EUR 400 per person

Children Discount: not available

Included:

  • Pick-up at your hotel in Reykjavik.
  • All safety gear, helmets, harness, etc.
  • Small groups plenty of guides = personal experience.
  • Volcano tour of a lifetime.
  • Traditional Icelandic Meat Soup, coffee/tea and perhaps some sweets as well.
  • A questionnaire that takes you approximately 5 minutes to complete.
  • Transfer back to Reykjavik.
Season: Every day from May 15th – September 30th
Guaranteed departures: Every day at 08:00, 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00 from Reykjavík.
Pick up: 30-40 minutes prior tour departure from hotels & guesthouses
Duration of trip: 5-6 hours (up to one hour inside the volcano)
Minimum: 2 persons
Maximum: 15 persons
Age limit: 12 years
Distance from Reykjavik: Approximately 30km/20miles from Reykjavik.
Online bookings: Until 72 hours prior to departure

Bring with you:

  • Good (hiking) shoes – if you have them. Sneakers will work, but they will definitely get dirty and maybe get some punctures
  • Drinking Water. The walk over the lava field is a good workout!
  • Outdoor clothing. Dress according to weather for the walk. Warm sweater or a jacket would be useful, as it's always the same temperature inside the crater, or about 5-6°C (42-43°F)
  • Camera. You will want to remember this trip. Yes, you can take as many pictures as you want!
  • Good spirit. This tour is all about having fun.

Trip difficulty: 2-3 out of 5 / Rating: moderate / No knowledge of hiking or climbing is needed, but walking distance is approximately 3 km (3 miles) each way, walk for ca. 45-50 minutes. A guide will be with you at all times during the walk.

Cancellation Policy:

  • If you cancel with more than 7 days notice: 90% is refunded
  • If you cancel with 3-7 days notice: 50% is refunded
  • If you cancel with less than 72 hours notice: No refund is made
Tour Code: DTB-28