Iceland offers tours inside volcano

2nd May 2012
Written by: Macca Sherifi

Iceland offers tours inside volcano

Gap years are all about new experiences. Well, how about this for something new. Iceland is now offering tours inside a volcano for the first time ever, making it another bucket list experience for gappers.

The interior of Thrihnukagigur, a volcano which has remained dormant for over 4,000 years, is to be opened every day to backpackers and travellers for six weeks from June 15 until July 31.

The volcano is just 30 minutes from the capital Reykjavik. Visitors will start the tour by hiking for 40 minutes across a lava field in order to get to the volcano. Once there, you’ll descend to the bottom of the volcano via an open cable car. Around an hour is spent in the cavern of the volcano as expert guides show you around, making it a truly rememberable experience.

The tour costs £180 per person, which isn’t exactly cheap, but you do get to go inside a volcano, which is pretty cool. Also, a portion of the cost will go towards further research into the country’s volcanoes.

Inside a volcano

Tom Marchant, co-founder of the tour company Black Tomato, told AOL Travel: “If ever the over used phrase ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ was more apt, it is now.

“For just a tiny six-week window, before it’s closed off for further scientific research, tourists will be able to access the magma chamber of the dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano for the very first time.

“With an expert volcanologist guide, visitors will head down a deep 120-metre shaft through the crater opening – the chamber itself is actually higher than the Statue of Liberty. You cannot fail to be humbled by an experience like this.”

For a country which is famous for volcanoes erupting, this may not seem like the best idea, but it’ll certainly be an experience you won’t forget in a hurry.

Have you ever been inside a volcano gappers? Would you?

If you’re thinking of travelling to Iceland then check out our Iceland county section for more advice and information.

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