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This one-of-a-kind tour takes you deep within the earth inside the volcano! Þríhnúkagígur is a dormant volcano in the Blue Mountains or Bláfjall, just outside Reykjavík. The last eruption here formed a large domed magma chamber. The chamber indeed is unusually large with a ground area of over 3000 sqm with the crater walls gradually rising to the crater at the top. Until recently it was only possible for expert climbers to abseil down into this grand chamber. This was highly dangerous thereby making the volcano inaccessible to most.
No longer! After the installation of highly specialized equipment, namely an elevator, this natural phenomenon was finally opened up to the general public.
The chamber is strategically lit to display the volcano in all its magnificence, with pathways around the area providing safe walking areas. Grasp this opportunity and join us on this unique tour and experience this natural wonder.
We offer pickup from various hotels and pickup points throughout the capital area at no extra cost. If you have your own car, you can opt to meet us on location (Details below).
Once everyone is ready, we will walk the winding trail through the lava fields passing small caves along the way. The hike, which takes around 40 minutes each way, is relatively flat until the end when we approach the volcano itself. We have to walk rather than drive to base camp as this is a protected area. We stick to the trail for this same reason.
The base camp is set at the foot of the crater. Here you will have a detailed safety briefing and be outfitted with your harness and helmet. Then we take the short climb to the mouth of the volcano to the elevator.
You and your guide will climb on board the elevator, which takes 6 minutes to descend the 160m (400ft) into the vast, cavernous magma chamber. It may seem scary but it is perfectly safe and our equipment is thoroughly vetted frequently. Once on the ground, you will have around 30 minutes to explore the cave itself. The chamber is vast and they say that the statue of liberty could easily fit within its wall. The rock formations, textures and colours are something to behold.
It can often be chilly inside the volcano, so as a special treat, you can sample our delicious traditional icelandic meat soup or vegetable soup. We also offer coffee/hot chocolate to warm you up before you embark on the walk back to the meeting point.
Our bus will then take you on the short drive back to the city where you can reflect upon what you have just seen and experienced.
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