Explore the earth from inside a dormant volcano
INSIDE THE VOLCANO
The magma chamber, which you will be descending into, is often referred to as the heart of a volcano. It’s there where the liquid rock awaits to find a way through the surface, causing a volcanic eruption. In most cases, the crater usually closes after the eruption with hard cold lava. Thrihnukagigur volcano is a rare exception of this, being a case where the magma in the chamber seems to have disappeared. It’s believed that the magma solidified through the walls or quite simply went back to the depths of the earth. The dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano last erupted over 4.000 years ago. There are no indications of it erupting again in the nearest future.
The tour to the inside of the volcano enables you to enjoy many of the most amazing things Iceland has to offer the tour in whole is a great mixture of nature, history and adventure.
What will you do on the tour? Well here is a list of the highlights and an itinerary:
• Take a 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 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.
The walk usually takes about 45-50 minutes to complete. It’s rated as a moderate in difficulty; it’s not uphill but the surface is hilly and uneven. This is not a hike for those have problems with its ankles, knees, hips and/or back. It can be demanding for those who are not used to hike or do longer walks.
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 up to an hour 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.
Finally, you will walk back over the lava field. And again, you will be accompanied by a guide at all times. The coach will be waiting for you in the parking lot, driving you back to Reykjavik.
Private and custom tours inside the volcano
The Thrihnukagigur volcano is a surreal venue when a group of friends want to get together in Iceland and have a unique experience. The tour can certainly be customized in any way. Pink Iceland would be delighted to arrange e.g. a champagne toast, delicious Icelandic themed picnic, have a proffesional photographer go with you on the tour, arrange for live music inside the volcano or whatever you can think of, maybe you would like to pop the question once inside?
Not only does the volcano itself create plenty of opportunities to do something out of the ordinary; the surrounding nature is mesmerizing and amazing view over the city of Reykjavik and nearby environment can be enjoyed. You won’t have to worry about daylight, as the midnight sun is at its peak during the operational season of June 15th – August 20th.
Availability: Season: 15th May - 15th October. Several departures per day.
Private and custom tours: available during in late afternoons and evenings, contact Pink Iceland to find out more.
Duration: 5-6 hours
Pick up: 30 - 40 minutes prior to departure at your accommodation
Price: 42000 ISK per person for scheduled tours
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. Transfer back to Reykjavik.
Bring with you:
Good (hiking) shoes – if you have them. We don’t recommend sneakers, they will definitely get dirty and maybe get some punctures. Water. The walk over the lava field is a good workout! Outdoor clothing. The weather in the mountains can be a lot different then from what it is in the city. Warm sweater and a jacket is very useful, also because it’s always the same temperature inside the crater, or about 5-6°C (42-43°F). That’s cold! 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.
How do you get down there?
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 in used lower visitors down the crater’s opening ca. 4×4m /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.