Exceptional 2.5-Hour Thrihnukagigur Volcano Tour with Helicopter Ride from Reykjavik

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Norðurflug Helicopter Tours, Nauthólsvegur, Reykjavík, Iceland
2,5 hours
June - Oct.
Minimum age
13 years old


Check off two activities from your bucket list by joining this helicopter tour and lava caving in West Iceland from Reykjavik. Adventurers who want to explore the magma chamber of the Thrihnukagigur volcano while skipping the long hike to its location will enjoy the convenience of this combo tour.

Your tour in Iceland begins at the Reykjavik Domestic Airport, just a mile from downtown Reykjavik. The departure point of the helicopter is on the eastern side of the airport along the Nautholsvegur road.

You’ll meet your friendly English-speaking pilot at the meeting area, who will fly you safely and conveniently to your destination. The pilot will give you a safety briefing where you can also learn about the route of the helicopter flight.

After buckling up on your ride, your exceptional journey to the Thrihnukagigur volcano begins. The 20-minute helicopter ride is the fastest way to reach the Thrihnukagigur volcano for those strapped for time and who don’t want to go through a two-hour hike.

As you leave the bustling city of Reykjavik, enjoy a unique perspective of its colorful houses, surrounded by Faxafloi bay and Mount Esja.

From Reykjavik, you’ll notice a gradual change in the surrounding landscapes as you approach the mountainous area of West Iceland and Reykjanes peninsula. Barren lava fields, geothermal valleys, and high peaks extend to places as far as your eyes can see. 

The highlight of this experience is the volcano caving tour in Thrihnukagigur, a dormant volcano that hasn’t erupted in the last 4,000 years. This Icelandic volcano is part of the Brennisteinsfjoll volcanic system of Iceland.

Thrihnukagigur volcano is most known for its otherworldly magma chamber that you can safely explore. It is the only place in the world where you can enter a magma chamber and descend to its bottom with an elevator.

As you descend to the 400-foot (120-meter) deep chamber, breathtaking views of rocks and lava will welcome you. The inner walls of the volcano are dotted with colorful rocks, from shades of red and orange to shades of yellow and green. The massive multi-colored rocks can be overwhelming, so don’t forget to take photos as you admire them.

The caving guide leading this tour will talk about these geological formations. You can ask them questions or assistance at any point during the sightseeing.

In addition, you don’t have to worry about being cramped inside the volcanic chamber because its ground space is wide enough to accommodate three basketball courts. You will also wear safety equipment such as a helmet and harness to keep you more secure in the cable lift.

After nearly an hour inside the Thrihnukagigur volcano, you’ll hop on the helicopter one last time to return to Reykjavik. The ride back offers a different perspective of West Iceland and Reykjavik that you shouldn’t miss.

Take advantage of this helicopter flight that will take you to the crater of the Thrihnukagigur volcano for an exceptional volcano-caving experience. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Helicopter transfer from Reykjavik
Entrance to the Thrihnukagigur volcano
Small group tour (minimum of two, maximum of 15 participants)



What to bring

Warm outdoor clothing
Good hiking shoes

Good to know

Please note that this tour has flexible departure times. Your departure time will be confirmed by the operator prior to your arrival.

The helicopter tour is only a transfer flight. There will be no other landing after the caving at the Thrihnukagigur volcano.

This tour requires good weather conditions. Changes in itinerary or cancellation will depend on this factor.

Weight limit: Just like the airlines, we do have a weight limit for all of our tours. Any passengers over 120 kg / 265 lbs / 19 stone are required to pay for 1.5 seats in the helicopter. This will ensure that everyone on the tour has a comfortable and safe ride!

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