Here’s something you’ve probably never seen before: a volcano from the inside. For the second year, visitors to Iceland will have the opportunity to explore the inside of a volcano with the appropriately named Inside the Volcano tour.
The tour takes visitors to the dormant Thrihnukagigur Volcano, located approximately 20 miles from Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital. The Thrihnukagigur Volcano is the only place on earth where a huge volcanic magma chamber is accessible and currently safe to explore, giving guests an exclusive chance to see what the inside of a volcano looks like.
Inside the Volcano tours were first offered for a limited time last summer and became immensely popular, receiving rave review from travelers and visitors on sites like TripAdvisor. This summer, tours will be available from May 15 – September 10.
The size and scope of the volcanic chamber is enormous. The vault is bottle-shaped and its ground space is equivalent to almost three full-size basketball courts. The distance from top to bottom is about 400ft – an opening that could easily fit the Statue of Liberty.
In the future, the plan is to make the phenomenon accessible to the public via a ground tunnel, creating one of the most unique tourist attractions in the world.
The current tour is one of a kind, as participants descend through the top crater, all the way down to the bottom of the magma chamber, accompanied by experienced and specially trained guides. An open elevator system carries participants up and down the chamber in a cable lift. All equipment and processes have been extensively tested and approved by the administration of Occupational Safety and Health in Iceland.
The tour will run from May 15 – September 10, with several confirmed departures each day. The tour takes approximately 5–6 hours, including up to one hour inside the volcano. Prices start at $300 per person.
For more information, visit http://www.insidethevolcano.com.