Join this tour for a thrilling exploration inside a volcano‘s great magma chamber. This is a unique tour of Iceland‘s volcanic landscape unlike any other: from the inside!
You will be picked up at your accommodation and taken to Thrihnukagigur, the “Three Peaks Crater,” in the Capital Area. After a 3.2 km (2 mile) hike to the cave, you‘ll be equipped with a helmet and harness to be lowered into the volcano by an elevator crane.
This is the only tour in the world where you can journey inside a magma chamber from the safety of an elevator which lowers you 198 m (650 ft) down. Intense heat and pressure has caused minerals deep in the rock to display a variety of gorgeous colors, from yellow to blue to violet to orange.
This dormant volcano has not erupted for 4,000 years, but the last eruption blew three huge magma chambers in the rock. They are so large that the Statue of Liberty can fit inside with room to spare!
Normally, after an eruption has occurred, lava remaining in the magma chamber hardens after it cools, making the chamber inaccessible. Here, however, the lava has somehow drained back into the earth, leaving a cathedral-like space for you to explore.
As the only tour inside the volcano in the world, there is limited availability for this activity. Don‘t miss out! Check availability by choosing a date.
South Iceland is the most popular part of the country and contains some of the most beautiful natural attractions in Iceland, among them the Golden Circle, some of Iceland's most famous active volcanoes as well as the beautiful Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.
South Iceland is usually divided into the fertile South Icelandic lowlands between Hellisheidi and Eyjafjallajokull volcano on the one hand - and on the other hand the eastern part with the big volcanic glaciers Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull (home of Katla) and flattened sands stretching towards the sea.
The South Icelandic Lowlands stretch nearly 100 km from Hellisheidi in the west towards Eyjafjallajokull in the east as a very flat and fertile farming land. From the shore the lowland stretches about km towards the inland. This is the best agriculture area in Iceland. The whole area is geologically very young, mainly of tuff type, formed during the Ice Age by the lava flows of the numerous volcanoes of the area. The area is indeed surrounded by volcanically active mountains on all sides. The glacier rivers of the area have helped filling the lavas with sand and clay, leaving it more and less smooth and fertile. Very strong earthquakes are found in this area as well.
The most active volcanoes of the area are Hekla and Eyjafjallajokull. No less active and not far off, but on the east side, is Katla, which we’ll adress in the eastern part-section. South of the mainland are the volcanic Westman Islands, famous for the 1973 eruption as well as the eruption in 1963, when Surtsey island was formed. Closely linked to the volcanic activity in the south is the geothermal heat found in many places, the best known being the Geysir area, which forms a part of the famed Golden Circle, which also consists of Gullfoss waterfall , Iceland's most famous waterfall as well as one of its most beautiful, located in the popular rafting river Hvita and Thingvellir National Park, comprising three of Iceland's most beloved natural attractions.
The earthquakes of the area bear witness to the fact that Iceland is still in shape. This is further evidenced by the endless number of fissures in the lavas, fractures in the mountains and certain pieces of lands sinking. The area of Thingvellir is the best known example of this, showcasing the continental drift. Thingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the location of the old parliament, Althingi, (now situated in Reykjavik) and one of Iceland's most important sites.
Another of Iceland's most popular attractions is the beautiful Thorsmork valley, situated between Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull.
Natural harbour-sites are hardly any on the South shore, due to sand produced by the glacier rivers. A few towns are found in the area, Selfoss being the biggest one, Hveragerdi is another, then there are Hella and Hvolsvollur, all conveniently located by the ring road. By the shore are three fishing villages; Thorlakshofn, Eyrarbakki and Stokkseyri. Thorlakshofn the only one of those that can accommodate modern ships and ferrys. The ferry to the Westman Islands sails from there. A new harbour has been built on the sandy coast opposite the Westman Islands. The whole south shoreline offers some of the most gigantic braker waves that you are likely to see.
Culturewise, in addition to Thingvellir, we reccomend the ancient bishop seat of Skalholt (weekends at Skalholt further offer rich music life). Also, Iceland's most famous saga, Njal's saga takes place in the South lowlands. We further recommend the large reconstructed turfhouse near Stong and the ancient excavated ruins.
For sports, horse riding is popular in the area as well as catching salmon or trout, hiking, and river rafting in Hvita.
This is the area south and east of Myrdalsjokull. The volcanic glaciers Eyjafjallajokull (near the border of the eastern and western part) and Myrdalsjokull, dominate the view. The landscape has been shaped by volcanic eruptions and vast sands stretch to the sea. Some agriculture is found here, however, with the farms in a row alongside the mountains. A few large glacial rivers fall down in this area which also has striking waterfalls, such as Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss.
Eyjafjallajokull is already well known for its 2010 eruption, disturbing air communication all over Europe for many days. Much more serious,however, would be an eruption from Katla, a volcano in the eastern part og Myrdalsjokull.
Katla’s last eruption was in the year 1918, when an enormous flood of water exploded from the glacier in a matter of minutes, threatening the local farmers of the area. Large amounts of ash and muddy material were brought to sea to form a new land of sand, Kotlutangi, later washed away by the sea. No people were killed in this eruption. Eruptions in Katla throughout the ages have further created the vast sand area Myrdalssandur. Sixteen eruptions have been recorded for Katla since 930 at intervals of 13-95 years and the volcano is being closely monitored, as time may draw near to its next eruption.
In the same volcanic system as Katla (geologically speaking), are the Lakagigar craters, northeast of Myrdalsjokull. Those erupted in the years 1783-84; producing the largest amount of lava known in historic times. The ashes hindered the sunlight from reaching down to the surface of Earth, resulting in cold climate over northern Europe.
In this area – what we call the eastern part of South Iceland -, there are many places worth visiting: Solheimajokull is a beautiful glacier in a walking distance (an outlet of Myrdalsjokull); Skogar has a very interesting museum of older time traditions and Skogafoss is only a few km away from there. One of Iceland’s most famous hiking routes, Fimmvorduhals, starts from Skogar. Southwest of the village Vik is one of Iceland’s most spectacular beaches, Reynisfjara. Together with the promontory Dyrholaey, which is the southernmost tip of the mainland of Iceland, it offers a breathtaking view with amazing rock formations, a black pebble beach, an abundance of birds and the powerful waves of the North Atlantic Ocean crashing on the beach.
Further east stretches the world's most vast sand plain, Skeidararsandur. North of the sand is the fascinating Skaftafell preservation area. At its east end, south of Hvannadalshnukur, Iceland's highest peak, is Ingolfshofdi cape, with its rich birdlife, old fishermen's shacks and its lighthouse. Following the shore further east is the incredibly beautiful and ice-filled Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Not far off is the region of Sudursveit, featuring the culture center and heritage museum Thorbergssetur, erected in the memory of Icelandic author Thorbergur Thordarson.
The crater Thrihnukagigur, east of the Blue Mountains in Southwest Iceland offers the unique experience of exploring the inside of a volcano.
Through the crater's opening you will enter a humongeous magma chamber. Vibrant in colours and remnicent of a citadel, it is considered the most amazing natural phenomenon of its kind.
Starting time : 07:30, 08:30, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 15:30
Pick-up from and return to your accommodation in Reykjavik
All safety gear (helmets, harness, etc.)
Small refreshments (soup, coffee/tea and perhaps some sweets)
Volcano tour of a lifetime!
Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking
Warm clothing and outerwear suited to rainy or chilly weather (The temperature inside the crater is about 5-6°C / 42-43°F)
The weather changes quickly in Iceland, so don't be caught unawares. It is a good idea to bring a sweater or dress in layers which you can remove if you get too warm. Jeans are not recommended for this activity, as moisture quickly spreads through denim fabric and takes a long time to dry, leaving the wearer wet and cold!
It was very cold, rainy and windy the day we went so it was disappointing that we couldn't stop in the middle of the hike to take pictures but othe rise it was an absolutely amazing experience! The staff were great and the soup was delicious! And the view from inside the Volcano was one of a kind!
Incredible experience. The hike was nice but descending into the volcano was a once in a lifetime experience.
This was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever done. I felt I was in the centre of the Earth. The walk was easy, the ride into the volcano smooth and not as bad as I thought it was going to be as I am afraid of heights. When we reached the bottom it took my breath away. I just sat and took it all in. The guide answered my questions and even sang us a folk song which was just beautiful. A young man sang a Jewish Hymn. My world was perfect for the time I was down in the colourful palette of nature.
Absolutely an unique experience. The tour is marked as the only place in the world that you could go down into the volcano. So I think it's worth to see once. It is beautiful, but I don't think it's as gorgeous or fancy as described.
This was my second time in Iceland and having seen the ice cave in winter I thought it would be hard to top that... until I found this trip. The hike was easy but the area was beautiful. When we had reached the volcano we were a bit stressed going down the elevator but were assured about the safety beforehand so the whole experience was much better. The guides and people we met were great and we can highly recommend this tour. It´is the only place in the world where you can enter a volcano so although the tour was pricy it felt really really special. It was also extremely beautiful, so worth every penny. Can highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Iceland.
A wonderful and eye-opening trip!! Everyone should go
This tour is amazing! Starting with a good hike to the base camp, then you'll walk up to where the elevator into the volcano is, and take the elevator down. Taking the elevator down is surreal and then you get a good 30 mins down there walking around by yourself! When it's over, we enjoyed a very good lamp soup at the base camp before the hike back. Finally, Thora was a great tour guide! Make sure to dress warmly as it is cold inside the volcano. The hike will warm you up, so dress in layers.
Absolutely incredible experience! Apart from stunning views inside the vulcano, the trip itself was great - very nice and involved staff, great views during the walk to the vulcano, nice souvenir for each of the participaints (bandana), tee and coffee as much as you want and traditional Icelandic meat soup to warm you up after the trip. I recommend it to everyone!
This was easily our favorite thing we did on our trip to Iceland. The 3 km hike to the mountain itself was a little rough with all of the soft snow on the ground (for those who aren't used to the various moods of snow: very wet melting snow is the hardest to walk through), so if you have a chance to this either earlier than mid-May (when I assume the snow isn't as soft and slushy) or after the snow is gone, you'll find that hike a little easier to do. Once at the mountain, there is water, coffee, and tea waiting for you, as well as a quick break to catch your breath. The inside of the volcano is spectacular, though I would warn you that moving about the magma chamber can be interesting due to the massive amounts of rocks on the ground. Safe paths are clearly marked, but there are no hand rails or stairs to help. Once back at the base camp, there's an exceptional cup of soup waiting for you (with a vegetarian option) to warm you back up before the hike back. Absolutely once in a lifetime, and the care and courtesy of the guides involved really make you feel welcomed. Worth the expense!
UNIQUE, interesting....I would do it again ! The greatness of the landscape makes you realize how small you are ! I can still see everything in front of my eyes...just like in a movie. If there is something in Iceland nobody should miss...it's this...it's the only place in the whole WORLD where you can see a volcano from inside, without burning your fingers and feet..;) One other important thing we loved: the groups are small, you don't have the impression you're just a number...keep it this way, if you can.... A BIG THANK YOU to all guides and colleagues...UNIQUE experience ! I didn't regret it any moment ! Once again, a big THANK YOU to everybody !
I absolutely LOVED this trip! The descending into the volcano, followed by the colorful cave was truly a unique experience. During the hike up to the caverns, the guide had a lot of great stories to tell about the mountains near there and things that have happened inside the cave. This is a must-see if you enjoy colorful, otherworldly nature.
Amazing trip all the way. Started with a walk in the lava field where the guide told us all about the area we were walking in. then we go to the Base camp and got all the safety gear and in the elevator. The volcano it self is just the most amazing place ever. Amazing colors everywhere and we got good time to walk around and the guides answered all our questions. In the end of the tour, we got this AMAZING Icelandic meat soup before the walk home. 10 stars out of 5 possible for this amazing trip.
I was engaged inside this volcano and it was the most amazing place I have been to. I had no clue that my husband was going to propose there because I was too overwhelmed with all the colours and textures inside the volcano. And when he started to propose, even the staff inside the volcano staged it for him and provided us with champagne. Such a romantic mind blowing experience! I definitely recommend this tour!
This trip was incredible. Going down this volcano was one of the most exciting things I have ever done. I have recommended my friends and family to visit Iceland just for this tour. Although it´s a bit pricy it is still worth every penny. My recommendation is this: do not miss this tour!
This was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. To experience the awesome primordial power of a magma chamber from deep within is an exercise in stupefaction that should be on everyone's bucket list.
This tour is entirely surreal, and one of the most vivid memories I have from Iceland. The whole experience from the trip in, to the main event itself was great. The tour was run by friendly knowledgeable guides, pointing things out all along the way. I would highly recommend this tour, despite it's price, it's something everyone should experience at least once.
There is not space here to describe this experience. The guides were just fantastic and a real part of this trip. We had wind, rain and cold on our climb to the volcano but the photos we took because of that were just fabulous. I won't spoil the fun for those wanting to go on this excursion but I will say one thing: Don't let the price scare you off. It's worth every penny.
I booked this tour last summer and it was the reason why I went back to Iceland. I wish I could have seen it again but it only operates in the summer. If you are here then you should not think twice if this is worth your money. It definitely is!
This was wild. One the strangest and most memorable times I have had in my life. I love Iceland, it´s such a magical place I want to live there. Go on this tour and you will understand what I mean.
This can only be described with one word: incredible. Going down the volcano was one of the best experiences I have had in my life. It made my trip to Iceland unforgettable. If you can only do one tour this should be the one.
Great tour and an amazing experience!
Incredible experience. I thought that I had seen it all but this was just amazing. I can´t believe I waited so long to see it. Next summer, I will definitely go again!
Tour guides and staff at the base camp were super friendly. The view inside the volcano was stunning. The lamb soup when we got back was warm and tasty. I shall cherish those memories. However, truth be told, the trip didn't start so well. I waited outside my guesthouse in the rain for an hour but the tour bus never showed up. Called +354 5197999 and the man who answered the phone said I was barely understandable (which is weird given that I speak fluent English) and hung up the phone, never to pick it up again. Then I contacted Gray Line who provided the transport and was told that the bus had already left. I had to take a taxi all the way from the city center to the volcano, which costed a fortune.
If you are considering this tour, please read my comment!!!!!! You should know about this. What I feel really angry about this tour is that the pickup by Gray-line was late for more than 30 minutes, leaving the two of us waiting outside in the cold. AND when the driver finally came, she did NOT even say SORRY. The attitude of the employee at the bus terminal was also REALLY BAD. It seemed to me that they feel you SHOULD wait for them, not bearing in mind that we are the customers paying for the service. We did NOT pay 250 pounds each for this kind of service and attitude. What is worse, me and my friend did not have time for breakfast because we were standing outside another guesthouse for the pickup. When we finally arrived at the bus terminal, we were trying to buy some bread really quickly. However, the driver came and blamed US for being late and making the trip late. He compulsed us to go to the car, without any breakfast. This is not the only time of the pick up service to be late. I had to wait for more than 10 minutes for my last tour with Grayline. I have to say that Gray-line as an employer failed to deliver a quality service to the clients. AND I will definitely tell my friends from CHINA about how bad my experience with this company was both through social media and words of mouth. If Grayline does not pay attention to this issue, I am sure that there will be more angry customers like me. The serious consequences of that is obvious. On the good side, the volcano was very nice and beautiful. The girls working at house below the volcano were kind and helpful. I must say the lamb soup does an excellent job in both warming a cold body up and keeping body warm. Volcano trip would be much better if another travel agency would provide the pickup.