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Inside the Volcano

Operation dates: From May 15 – September 30, 2015 (Ongoing tours all days within that period).
Departure times: 8:00 AM  /  10:00 AM  /  12:00 PM  /  14:00 PM and 16:00 PM from 1st of June until 31. of August.
Duration: 5-6 hours (ca. 45 minutes inside the volcano).
Fitness level needed: Average (Difficulty is 2-3 out of 5 possible). No knowledge of hiking or climbing is needed.
Distance Walked: Approximately 3 km (2 miles) each way.
Age limit: 12 years.


  • Pick-up at your hotel in Reykjavik
  • All safety gear, helmets, harness etc.
  • Small group of visitors, plenty of guides = personal experience
  • Volcano tour of a lifetime
  • Soup, coffee/tea and perhaps some sweets as well
  • Transfer back to your hotel Reykjavik.

Bring with you:

  • Good shoes.We sure don´t recommend sneakers!
  • Water. The walk over the lava field is a good workout!
  • Outdoor clothing. Dress according to weather for the walk. Warm sweater or a jacket would be useful, as it’s always the same temperature inside the crater, or about 5-6°C (42-43°F)
  • 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.

About the tour:

This unique volcano tour takes you literally inside a dormant volcano, through the top crater and to the bottom of its magma chamber - once filled with steaming hot lava.

Thrihnukagigur Volcano has not erupted for 4.000 years and shows no signs of coming to live again anytime soon. Hence, you are safe!

You depart from Reykjavik and drive to the area of Blafjoll mountains (ca. 30 minute drive). From there, a moderate 45-50 minute walk awaits you, in order to get to the volcano.

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.

Using a system normally used to carry window cleaners outside of skyscrapers, you will descend 120 meters (400 feet) in an open elevator, a basket lift that's supported with cable wires. All equipment and processes have been tested extensively and approved by the administration of Occupational Safety and Health in Iceland.

The group is split into a smaller party of 4-5 persons, which is the number of passengers the basket attached to the cable lift can hold in each descent down the crater. The descent takes about 7-8 minutes and the first ones to go down will be the first ones to go up.

After exploring the volcano on the inside, you will walk back over the lava field where the coach awaits and transfers you back to Reykjavik.


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