Overview

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 Thrihnukagigur crater, a truly unique experience!

Highlights

  • Þríhnúkagígur (Thrihnukagigur crater)
  • Descend 120 meters into an 4.000 years old volcano
  • Small Group Tour
  • Short hike across lava fields

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!

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group experience
  • Expert guides
Availability May - Oct
Duration ~ 6 hours
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Moderate
Minimum age 8 years
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up Yes

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What's included

Included

  • Volcano Tour
  • Free Pick-up & Drop off in Reykjavík
  • All Safety Gear
  • Traditional Icelandic Soup
  • Coffee/Tea

What to bring

  • Good & sturdy shoes are important
  • Warm outdoor clothing

Not Included

  • Meals

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Itinerary

Inside Thrihnukagigur 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.

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.

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”.

FAQ

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

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.

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

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 favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).

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. Most of our super 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.

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.

The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.

Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

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