Inside the Volcano
Iceland Volcano Tour - Descend Into Thrihnjukagigur Volcano
Want to know what a Volcano looks like from the inside? Then go on a journey to the center of the earth, on this half-day lava caving trip inside Thrihnjukagigur crater, a truly unique experience!
This is your chance to take a journey to the center of the earth! Take a look at the inside the Thrihnukagigur volcano on this unique excursion, only available during a short period in the summer, that takes you literally inside a dormant volcano. This is the only volcano in the world where it’s possible to visit its magma chamber and according to CNN travel, one of 31 must-see places in the world. Don’t miss your opportunity to witness this mind-blowing experience!
May 10th - October 31st
~ 6 hours
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Þríhnúkagígur (Thrihnukagigur crater)
- Descend 120 meters into an 4.000 years old volcano
- Small Group Tour
- Short hike across lava fields
- Volcano Tour
- Free Pick-up & Drop off in Reykjavík
- All Safety Gear
- Traditional Icelandic Soup
Inside Thrihnjukagigur Volcano Tour
We enter through the top crater and descend to the bottom of its magma chamber, which was once filled with steaming hot lava. Thrihnukagigur Volcano is the only spot on earth where it’s advisable to explore a magma chamber from the inside. The volcano has not erupted for 4.000 years and shows no signs of coming to life anytime soon, so it is safe to enter. The name is directly translated as “Three Peaks Crater”, participants descend into one of these craters for an unforgettable experience, chosen by CNN travel as one of the must-see places in the world!
This tour offers multiple departures a day from Reykjavík, where you have the choice of being picked up from your Reykjavík hotel or nearby authorized location. You can also meet us on location but we encourage you to take advantage of the complimentary pick up in Reykjavik, if you choose to drive to the meeting point then please see directions below.
The drive to the volcano parking lot is located approximately 25 minutes from Reykjavik. Once we arrive, we head off on a short hike across a vast lava field in order to reach the crater. Along the way, you will be able to keep yourself pre-occupied with breathtaking scenery, a good way to warm up for what’s to come next. Keep in mind that the surface can be hilly and uneven. The walk is moderate and usually takes around 45-50 minutes (3km / 2miles each way).
When we have reached the crater you will be lowered 120 meters (400 feet) in an open elevator system. The 120 m journey into the volcano takes about 6 minutes, giving an indication of how slowly you will be moving. This is to ensure the safety of participants as well as to give you time to indulge in the experience and amazing view. You will spend approximately 40 minutes inside the volcano. Groups are small, so you will have the personal attention of your experienced guides, who is rich in knowledge of the volcano. Learn all about this fascinating natural wonder, a dormant volcano that last erupted over 4.000 years ago.
Safety Inside the Volcano
All equipment and procedures have been tested extensively and approved by the administration of Occupational Safety and Health in Iceland. Everyone that goes down into the crater will have a harness and required to use a helmet at all times. All guides are experienced mountain guides and cave explorers and will be with you at all times.
What to bring: Good & sturdy hiking shoes are important. Bring warm outdoor clothing as the temperature inside the crater is around 5-6°C / 42-43°F.
Meeting point: If you choose to meet us on location, then we will meet you at Blue Mountains’ parking lot (Bláfjöll parking). The GPS coordinates are N 63.98502 (Latitude), W -21.649949 (Longitude). From Reykjavik, take road #1 for about 15 minutes before turning right on Blafjallavegur #417. The road changes into road #407, do not make a right turn to the gravel part of road 417, continue straight on road #407 towards the skiing area. After about 10 minutes of driving from road #1 you will see a sign that says “Inside the Volcano – Parking 300 meters”.
This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick-up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons, it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding, has been a favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.
Before starting any of our more technical trips, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their particular trip. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.
Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.
Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routesdepending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.
Price from 42.000 ISK per person.
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