Inside the volcano
PARTNER TOUR – HANDPICKED ESPECIALLY FOR YOU
Have you ever wondered what it is like to journey to the center of the earth? Well, now you can, kind of. And it’s super cool!
The name of the tour is Inside the Volcano and that’s exactly what you do on this tour: you literally go inside a volcano! You’ll get lowered into it in a small elevator and then you have about 30 minutes to marvel at all its wonder. We can’t be sure but we think this is probably the only place in the world where you can do that.
This tour comes with a complimentary pick up from your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavík. Even if you have your own car we recommend you take advantage of it.
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5-6 hours (about 35-40 minutes inside the volcano)
May 15th to October 15th.
Pick-up at your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavík. All Safety gear, helmets, harnesses, etc. Traditional meat soup, tea and coffee.
FITNESS LEVEL NEEDED
Moderate (the difficulty is 2 out of a possible 5). No knowledge of hiking or climbing is required. It’s not an uphill walk, but the surface is partly uneven. This is NOT a tour for those in no or limited physical shape.
Approximately 3 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. Exceptions have been made if you are convinced your child is up for it but the final decision is the tour operator’s.
You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to base camp 30 minutes away. A guide will meet and greet you when you arrive, before leading the way during the hike across the lava field.
If you have your own car, then make sure you arrive at the parking lot outside the cabin no later than 20 minutes past the scheduled departure time. We strongly recommend you just leave the car in Reykjavík though and take advantage of the complimentary pickup service.
The hike should take about 45–50 minutes to complete, depending a little on the group. It’s rated as moderate in difficulty meaning it’s not uphill but the surface can be hilly and uneven. If you have problems with your ankles, knees, hips or back this is not the tour for you. It can be demanding for those who are not used to hiking or doing longer walks.
After arriving on location, your group will be informed about all safety procedures and how to behave in the area and when inside the volcano. The group is then split into a smaller party of 4–5 people before you’ll be lowered down. The trip down takes about 6 minutes and the first ones to go down will usually be the first ones to go up.
You will spend about half an hour inside the volcano, in 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 and hot coffee/tea/chocolate.
Finally, you will walk back over the lava field accompanied by a guide at all times. The coach will be waiting for you in the parking lot, ready to drive you back to Reykjavik.
What to wear
You need good hiking shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. Remeber that the walk to the volcano is 45-50 minutes and you will be outside during it. Like always, we recommend layers.
Comments from previous guests
“Totally worth it!”
This was a once in a lifetime experience. It was foggy leading up to the volcano itself, but once you made the trek up, the view was amazing. Inside the volcano itself was sublime. Going down the opening via the old window washer scaffold was scary, because it was a slow 7 minute descent. However, once inside it is breath taking and absolutely worth the money.
“Experience of a lifetime”
Fabulous in every way! The guides are well-trained, and the equipment is safe, but descending 120 meters into the earth is exciting and exhilarating! The views are spectacular--- much like a pristine cave! Do it! The hike is tiring, so wear good hiking boots and be in moderately good shape! Not good for physically challenged or younger children.
“One of the most amazing things I've seen”
The tour is rather pricey, but worth it. The magma chamber, discovered by National Georgraphic is the only one where the magma did not harden in place, nor did the top collapse. Hot gasses left colorful mineral deposits on the wall, and you can see the eruption layers--straight head is ice age.
It takes six minutes to be lowered into the chamber on a modified window washer's lift. The Statue of Liberty would comfortably fit in the chamber. THe tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable. If you're looking for a talk on geology, though, it's not oriented toward that.
I'm mildly claustrophobic (I would never get in a submarine) and had no problem at all with this. Base camp is about an hour bus trip from the city. The hike from there to the peak is not for grandma--it's about an hour at a brisk pace up a grade covered by ice, snow, gravel, rocks. You gotta be in reasonable aerobic shape.
Afterwards, they warmed us up in the base camp with Icelandic lamb stew (vegetarian version offered).
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