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Inside the Volcano Tour

Iceland Volcano Tour Free Reykjavik Pick-up

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!


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!

  • Availability

    May. - Oct.

  • Duration

    ~ 6 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level


  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    12 years

  • Departs from


  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    42.000 ISK

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 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!

Tour Description

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.

Other information

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”.

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

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.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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 Special Tours, 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.

Do I need an insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures trip?

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.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

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.

How do I get to Reykjavik from Keflavík International Airport?

The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.

These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:

Airport Shuttle

The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.

Book your airport transfer in Iceland.


The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is tho always more expensive than the airport shuttle.  

For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.

How is the weather/climate in Iceland?

There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically, Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.

If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection from the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.

How is internet access like in Iceland?

Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles have free Wi-Fi.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

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.

Should I bring mosquito repellent when traveling to Iceland?

Here is the plus side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So, to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant.

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.

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