Tour Code: THR1
(15 May – 15 October, 5-6 hours including 40 minutes inside the volcano): from £280
This unique adventure takes you, in an open cable lift (the sort used by window cleaners working on skyscrapers), to the bottom of the crater of the dormant Thrihnukagigur (“Three Peaks Crater”) volcano, which last erupted over 4,000 years ago. The most north-easterly of the three peaks is a small cinder cone, standing about 35 m higher than its surroundings, at the top of which is a funnel-shaped opening, about 4×4 m wide, the entrance to a huge 120 m deep, bottle-shaped, colourful volcanic vault, measuring 50×70 m at the base. The height is such that the Statue of Liberty would easily fit inside. The volcano is reached after a 3km hike (45-50 minutes) across the lava field, so participants need to be reasonably fit, but no experience of hiking or climbing is required. Safety helmets and harnesses are provided but you must wear sturdy footwear and warm clothing (the temperature inside the crater is around 5 degrees C). Expert guides will be with you at all times. There are several departures a day for this tour, staring at 08:00, and the price includes a hot drink and a bowl of warming, traditional Icelandic meat soup (vegetarian alternative available). The minimum age requirement is normally 12 years.