Inside the volcano
The dormant Þríhnúkagígur volcano is a unique natural phenomenon. By setting up the necessary gear and equipment, we’ve created a tour that opens the door to a new world.
With about 35 - 40 minutes inside the volcano
Fitness level needed
No knowledge of hiking or climbing is required
Pick-up at your hotel in Reykjavík.
All safety gear, helmets, harnesses, etc.
Small groups, plenty of guides = personal experience.
Volcano tour of a lifetime.
Traditional Icelandic meat soup, coffee/tea and perhaps some sweets as well. We also serve vegetarian soup.
Free Cancelations (min 24-hour notice). See terms & conditions.
Transfer back to your hotel in Reykjavík.
To be able to experience this wonder, all you need is the willingness to do a moderate 45–50 minute hike (to get to the crater) and the guts to descend 120 meters/400 feet to the bottom of the crater in an open cable lift. The hike to the volcano is an integral part of the tour, not only because of the breathtaking scenery, but also because it’s one of only two ways of getting to the base of the volcano. The other option is to use a helicopter.
When you arrive at our meeting point, which is a ski cabin, you will check in with our guide. The guide will meet and greet you at the cabin, before leading the way across the lava field.
When you get to the Base Camp, your group will be informed about all safety procedures. For example, how to behave in the crater. The guides will help you to put on a helmet and a harness. The group is split into smaller parties of 6–7 people. The trips up and down take about 6 minutes each way and the first ones to go down will be the first ones to go up.
You will spend about half an hour on the ground of the volcano, during which time you can take as many photos as you want. However, you are not allowed to take rocks and stones from the crater. Expert guides will be with you at all times, in the cable lift and on the ground in the magma chamber.
When you are back on the surface, while waiting for everyone in the group to complete the volcano visit, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Icelandic meat soup or vegetable soup and hot coffee/tea/chocolate.
Finally, you will walk back over the lava field. Again, you will be accompanied by a guide at all times. The bus will be waiting for you in the parking lot, ready to drive you back to Reykjavík.
We ask all visitors to behave responsibly during the tour. The environment is extremely sensitive, and we expect visitors to leave no footprint.
From May 15 – October 20
Several departures every day. The first tour is at 8:00 and the last tour is in the afternoon.
Moderate (the level of difficulty is 2 out of 5). No knowledge of hiking or climbing is required. It’s not a steep uphill walk, but the surface is uneven in places. The last 10 minutes of the hike are the more challenging, with an elevation of around 50 m/150 ft. This is NOT a tour for those in limited physical shape.
Approximately 3.5 km (2 miles) each way. The walk usually takes around 45–50 minutes (depending on the condition of people in the group). A guide will be with you at all times during the walk.
Good shoes – We recommend wearing hiking boots on the tour since the trail is rocky and can get wet and muddy on a rainy day.
Outdoor clothing. The weather in the mountains can be very different from the conditions in the city. It’s important for guests to realize that the weather is very unpredictable, and you should definitely bring warm, rainproof clothes with you, even if the weather in Reykjavík is nice and the forecast looks good. Not least because it’s always the same temperature inside the crater – about 3°C (37°F). That’s cold!
A camera. You will want to remember this trip. Yes, you can take as many pictures as you want!
A good spirit. This tour is all about having fun.
The pickup starts 30 minutes before the set time of the tour. Please make sure to be ready at that time at your pickup location. If you’re being picked up from your hotel, it’s important that you’re located somewhere where you can see the bus arriving. The driver is not required to look for guests in the lobby.
Bláfjallavegur, Reykjavik -, IS
Self-driving-Where is the meeting point?
The meeting point is at a ski cabin, located in Bláfjöll (the Blue Mountains). It takes about 30 minutes to drive there from Reykjavík. The name of the cabin is Breiðabliksskáli. Please do not take the route that goes via Hafnarfjörður (road nr. 417) as it’s permanently closed. Instead take road nr. 1 (the ring road) that then turns onto road number nr. 417. Please find more instructions further below.
When to be there?
Those who drive themselves to the meeting point have to be there 30 minutes past the set departure time. That’s because 30 minutes past is when the bus will arrive from Reykjavík. For example, if you booked the 08:00 tour, you have to be at the meeting point at 08:30.
How can I find it on the map?
We recommend using Google Maps. You simply type in ‘Inside the Volcano – Meeting Point’. Please make sure that you go to the meeting point, instead of attempting to drive directly to the volcano itself.
The GPS coordinates for the meeting point are: N 63.982815, W -21.652749.
The roads are paved all the way from Reykjavík to the meeting point and are suitable for all vehicles over the summer months. If you are at any point driving on a gravel road, then you are on the wrong track.
Please do not take the route that goes via Hafnarfjörður (road 417) as it’s permanently closed.
From your location in Reykjavík, find your way to the road nr. 1, heading to the south coast. Drive straight for about 15 minutes and then turn right on to road nr. 417 (Bláfjallavegur). From there you won’t have to take another turn until you get to the meeting point.
Make sure you continue straight when road 417 splits. Do not turn onto the gravel track.