Inside The Volcano

  • Availability

    May - October

  • DURATION

    6 Hours

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Included

  • Minimum Age

    12 Years

  • Price

    ISK 44.000

Tour Highlights:

  • Þríhnúkagígur Crater Volcano
  • Standing Inside a Volcano
  • Amazing Geology
  • Small Group Experience

Included:

  • Pickup at your hotel in Reyjavík
  • Guided tour
  • All safety gear, helmets, harnesses, etc.
  • Traditional Icelandic Meat Soup
  • Vegetarian Soup
  • Coffee/tea and something sweet
  • Transfer back to your hotel in Reykjavik

The Inside the Volcano Tour

The Inside the Volcano tour is a true bucket list adventure in Iceland. On this unique volcano tour, you will literally go inside the dormant Þríhnjúkagígur volcano. Located just a short drive away from Reykjavík, this tour is the perfect addition to a great day in the city. The tour includes pick up in Reykjavík and transport to the base camp for the tour.  If you have a rental car, you can also meet-on-location at the base camp and enjoy this tour on your way in or out of Reykjavík.

For families with older kids, a volcano tour in Iceland tour provides an unforgettable experience for the whole family!

After arrival at the Inside the Volcano base camp, you will suit up with safety equipment. You will also get a safety briefing by your guide. Afterward, you will start the hike up to the Þríhnjúkagígur volcano (approx. 3 km). The path is mostly even terrain, although there are is some elevation and uneven parts along the way. After about 45-50 minutes you will arrive at the base of the Þríhnjúkagígur volcano! The last part of the hike is the most challenging part, as you hike up to the mouth of the crater. Here the elevation is about 100m/350 ft. Your efforts will be rewarded with an amazing experience as you enter the open elevator system that lowers you 120 meters into the volcano! 

The ride down is part of the trill of the tour and provides you with a stunning view of your surroundings. As you enter the volcano, you will truly feel like you have entered another world. Once you reach the ground you will have ample time to explore the inside of the volcano and take plenty of pictures of your adventure!

Before hiking back, you’ll be able to enjoy some delicious Icelandic meat soup and warm drinks to complete your experience.

This tour is operated by one of our trusted partners. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear on this tour?

Good hiking shoes are important. You should also bring warm outdoor clothing as the temperature inside the crater is around 4°C / 37°F.

It’s important for tour guests to realize that the weather is very unpredictable, and you should definitely bring warm, rainproof clothes with you, even if the weather in Reykjavik is nice and the forecast looks good. We highly recommend that you check the weather forecast the day before or the morning of your tour departure.

Is pickup included in this tour?

Yes, we highly recommend that guests take advantage of the complimentary transfer that is included in the tour.

At booking, you can select a pickup location either at your accommodations or close by. Please be ready at the pickup location 30 minutes before the tour departure time.

Alternatively, you can make your way to the Gray Line Bus Terminal in Holtagarðar, 104 Reykjavik. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the tour departure time stated on the voucher and introduce yourself at the Sales Desk for check-in.

I want to drive myself to the meeting point, how do I get there?

Although we highly recommend using the complimentary transfer service, it is also possible to drive yourself to the meeting point.

If you plan to drive yourself, make sure you arrive at the parking lot outside the cabin no later than 20 minutes past the scheduled departure time (so that those who do the scheduled transfer and those who have their own car arrive at the same time).

The GPS coordinates for the meeting point at Blue Mountains parking lot are N 63.98502 (Latitude), W -21.649949 (Longitude).

* Directions from Reykjavík *

From your location in Reykjavik, find your way to Ring Road route nr. 1 (purple line), through Sudurlandsvegur road. Drive straight for about 15 minutes and then turn right on to Blafjallavegur road nr. 417 (dark green). Drive straight down that road until it changes into road nr. 407. Don’t make a right turn to the gravel part of road 417 – continue straight on road 407 towards the ski resort.

The roads are paved all the way from Reykjavik to the meeting point and suitable for all vehicles (even small cars like Toyota Yaris or similar). If you are at any point driving on a gravel road, then you are on the wrong track.

After driving for around 10 minutes after turning off route 1, you’ll see a sign that says ‘Inside The Volcano – Parking 300 meters’. Drive that distance and you will notice a parking lot that also holds a sign marked ‘Inside the Volcano’. Please note that there are other parking lots in the area, but the correct one is where you´ll see our sign (and probably other cars as well!)

The tours depart from Reykjavik at 08:00, 09:00, 10:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 16:00, and the walk over the lava field starts around 30 minutes past the hour. You should be on the parking lot 20 minutes past the departure hour you have booked. Do not be late! Wait for a guide, who will escort you and other passengers on the tour during the hike from the parking lot to the volcano.

* Directions from the Golden Circle/South Coast*

From your location in the southwest corner of Iceland, find your way to the town of Selfoss and/or Hveragerdi. From either of those towns, follow Ring Road route nr. 1 westbound (Light green) through Sudurlandsvegur road. Drive straight for about 15 minutes from Hveragerdi village, until you can take a left turn onto Blafjallavegur road. Follow the directions as stated above.

Is the age limit on this tour flexible?

The minimum age for this tour is 12 years old. However, if parents feel like their child is up for the tour please contact us and we will check if an exception can be made to the age limit.

How difficult is the 3 km hike each way?

The hike is classified as moderately difficult. Guests hike along a path to Þríhnjúkagígur volcano. Most of the path is on level terrain with little elevation gain, but there are a few areas where you will be walking uphill on your way to the volcano. No climbing is required on the hike.

The last 10 minutes of the hike is the most challenging, with an elevation of around 100m/350ft.

Are there any physical conditions that would prevent me from going on this tour?

You don’t need any particular skills or prior hiking experience in order to do the hike, but you need to be in decent shape. If you are suffering from any of the following, then the tour is probably not for you:

Problems with ankles, knees or any part of the feet.
Problems with the back and/or hips. There is a lot of pressure on the back when walking on such an uneven surface.
Obesity or being severely overweight.
Any other physical problem that might affect your ability to complete a combined walk of almost two hours within half a day.

One guide minimum is with you at all times and there are a few (short) stops made on the way. There is a strict time schedule to follow and guests are expected to follow the walking speed set by the tour guide.

I can't hike for 3 km, is there an alternative method to reaching the Þríhnjúkagígur volcano?

Yes, this tour is also available with helicopter transfer. If you are interested in the helicopter version of this tour, please contact us at info@iat.is for pricing and availability.

Is this tour safe?

Yes, the operator of this tour has taken the utmost precautions and safety measures to make this tour a safe experience. All tours are led by expert guides and you will be provided with safety equipment before entering the volcano.

The open elevator that lowers you into the volcano moved slowly, not only to ensure the safety of the passengers but also to let you enjoy the spectacular sight of the volcano on your way down.

Thrihnukagigur volcano is dormant – it last erupted over 4,000 years ago. There are no indications of it erupting again in the near future.

If you have any questions regarding the safety of this tour, please feel free to contact us.

What does the name Þríhnjúkagígur mean?

The volcano’s name, mostly unpronounceable for anyone other than locals, would be directly translated as ‘Three Peaks Crater’. The name comes from Árni B. Stefánsson, who was the first to explore the vault and who pleaded the case for making it accessible for years.

The three craters (one of which you will be descending into) are prominent landmarks, standing against the sky on the highland edge, about 20 km (13 miles) southeast of the capital area, within the protected area of Bláfjöll Country Park.

What is the cancellation policy for this tour?

Cancellation for individuals and small groups (less than 10 persons):

Reservations can be canceled 48 hours prior to departure without penalty.
Cancellations received less than 48 hours prior to departure are non-refundable.

Cancellations for private tours and larger groups (10 persons or more):

Reservations can be canceled 2 weeks prior to departure without penalty.
Cancellations received less than 2 weeks prior to departure are non-refundable.

Notice for all bookings:

Cancellations must be submitted in writing to info@iat.is.

Please be mindful of possible time zone differences. Iceland is in the GMT time zone and cancellations must be submitted at least 48 hours before departure in Icelandic local time (GMT).

If you do need to cancel your tour, we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible. 

We highly recommend using the included transport to and from Reykjavík for this tour. If you do have a rental vehicle and would like to meet on location, the meeting point is in Bláfjöll (“Blue Mountains). It is about 35 minutes drive from downtown Reykjavík, about 1 hour from Keflavík International Airport and about 45 minutes drive from the town of Selfoss.

Please see this tours FAQ for detailed directions.

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