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About Volcano Tours in Iceland

Iceland is split by the Mid-Atlantic Rift, which causes the country to be extremely volcanically active. On volcano tours, you visit and explore craters, magma chambers and peaks created by Iceland's volcanic energy.

1. Can I go inside a volcano in Iceland?

It is possible to descend into the magma chamber of Þríhnúkagígur volcano.

2. Can I see flowing lava inside Thrihnukagigur volcano?

No, Þríhnúkagígur's magma chamber is empty and thus safe to enter.

3. Can I enter Thrihnukagigur's magma chamber during winter time?

The Inside the Volcano tour, which takes you into Þríhnúkagígur, is operational from mid-May and throughout October, but you can visit most other lava caves and lava tunnels in Iceland year round.

4. Are there any active volcanoes in Iceland?

Iceland has many active volcanoes, but none are currently erupting.

5. Where is the volcano that erupted in 2010?

Eyjafjallajökull volcano is on Iceland’s South Coast, west of Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

6. Do Iceland's volcanoes pose a risk?

Yes, but there are no active volcanoes threatening any major settlement, and volcano tours are cancelled or amended if there is any reason to believe an eruption is imminent.

7. Why is Iceland home to so many active volcanoes?

Iceland is divided by the Mid-Atlantic Rift. As the North American and Eurasian plates pull apart, they form a weakness in the crust that results in Iceland’s volcanism.

8. What types of volcanoes are there in Iceland?

There are Stratovolcanoes (such as Eyjafjallajökull), Central Volcanoes (such as Katla) and fissure swarms and crater rose (such as along the Reykjanes Peninsula).

9. What is Iceland’s most active volcano?

Grímsvötn, underneath Vatnajökull glacier in the Highlands, is the most active volcano, connected to the Laki system which brought havoc to Europe in the 18th century. Hekla and Katla are also very active, having had over twenty eruptions each since settlement.

10. What is Iceland’s most powerful volcano?

Katla, which sits beneath Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

11. Which part of Iceland is most volcanically active?

Along the Mid-Atlantic rift, you can find the most active areas, including the South Coast around Katla volcano, the Highlands beneath Vatnajökull glacier, Reykjanes Peninsula and the Lake Mývatn area. The Westman Islands are also very active.

12. Why aren’t there any volcanoes in the Westfjords?

The Westfjords are the oldest part of Iceland, with some mountains dating back 16 million years. Over this time, the landmass has been pushed away from the Mid-Atlantic Rift, and out of the volcanic hot-spot zone.

13. Can I camp in a lava field?

You should only camp in designated camping areas. Lava fields are often covered by delicate moss that can take decades to regenerate if damaged.

14. Is it safe to walk on the lava fields?

Yes, If you follow designated paths and roads. Remember that lava fields cover countless cracks, caves and tunnels that you can fall into.

15. Where can I see recently formed lava fields?

You can always opt for one of our self drive tours that take you to the Lake Mývatn area, and you can also join a day tour to Askja caldera. If you have ample time, you would be well advised to take a ferry to the Westman Islands archipelago which is highly volcanically active.

16. How can I reach the volcano?

It depends on which volcano you are referring to. Some of the volcanoes are virtually unreachable unless a specialised crew takes you there. If you wish to experience a stunning view some of Iceland's most beautiful and well-known volcanoes, book one of the tours which are operated in a super jeep, a minibus, a snowmobile, a plane or a helicopter.

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