ActivitiesVolcano tourInside the Volcano
Volcano tour

Inside the Volcano

Take an elevator ride down into the chamber of the dormant volcano Thrihnukagigur and walk where only a fraction of humanity ever will.

6 Hours
What to expect
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.
To be able to experience this wonder, all you need is the willingness to do a moderate 45 to 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.


  • Operation dates: From May 10 – October 31
  • Tour departures: Several departures every day. The first tour is at 8:00 and the last tour is in the afternoon.
  • Duration: 5–6 hours (about 40 minutes inside the volcano).
  • Fitness level needed: 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.
  • Distance walked: 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.
  • Minimum age limit: 12 years old, but we do make exceptions. Children that are able to hike 2 times 3.5 kilometers, even in bad weather, are welcome to join the tour. If this applies to your child and you have appropriate clothing, then you can go ahead and book your ticket on the booking site. The price is the same for children and adults. Note that we cannot make a refund if it turns out that your child is not able to finish the hike. Also, note that we do not recommend that people bring infants into the crater.
What's included?
  • 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.
  • Transfer back to your hotel in Reykjavík.
What you should bring
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.
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Reviews from other people
Mark Valentine

Fun tour and explanations of what we were looking at. Be prepared for a bit of a hike. 3km each way. Mostly flat until the base of the volcano and then a short, semi step climb to the lift that lowers you down into the volcano about 400 meters. Was fairly cold down inside. Dress warm.

Tony Nunn

Worth the price, very unique experience to get lowered into a volcano. If you're thinking about it, just do it. We went at the tail end of the season and the hike was slushy and a little rougher than I imagined it should have been. Definitely worth dressing warm for.

Paul Czubryt

Worth the investment! As far as I know, there's nowhere else on earth like this. Just breathtaking. The fresh lamb soup at the end is a nice touch. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Lloyd Mullen

You'll pay an arm and a leg for this and it's worth every penny. It's a nice, casual two mile walk from base to the volcano. We went mid-September and were lucky enough to get some sunshine on our walk. We were also lucky enough to meet their local fox pup who had made his home at the top of the volcano.

Once at the top, you'll descend for about five minutes. Once inside... It's incredible. Pictures cannot describe it. This must be seen in person. It's a once in a lifetime experience.

After about 30 minutes, you ascend from the belly of the beast and go for some hot soup.

Again, they charge an arm and a leg... Worth it.

Chris Caslake

This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. The hike wasn't too bad even with the cold windy rain. We were welcomed by staff at base camp with water, coffee, and hot chocolate! We made our decent and it was truly beautiful. Afterwards we were served some delicious soup before heading back to our departure location. The cost is a little high in my honest opinion, other than that thoroughly enjoyed my experience.

Robin Meltvedt

This was the a highlight of our trip! My teenage daughters and I loved it and I think it would be loved by boys and men as well. We were in port on a Disney Cruise and there seemed to be a lack of excursions for boys so I would highly recommend this one.

Kristjan provided all safety gear and helmets so we just needed to wear comfy clothes and socks underneath. He breeds Icelandic horses so he told us a bit about this and we could view the horses before gearing up. He led us up the mountain and we stopped at various places of interest.

Even though it was too foggy to see the view at the top and a bit rainy, we had a blast splashing through water and viewing the scenery. Though it's late at night, it's completely light out and Kristjan took us to a lower hill with a view of our cruise ship. There we could see the Midnight Sun and the spectacular view of a capital city with so much open land and beauty. It was so fun and amazing!