Þríhnúkagígur

Although dormant for more than 4,000 years, Thrihnukagigur offers a unique experience for travelers wanting to see a volcano from the inside. Open for the first time in 2012, descent is made into the dried out magma chamber via cable car.

Þríhnúkagígur is a dormant volcano near Reykjavík, Iceland. Covering a 3,270 square metres (35,200 sq ft) area and a depth of 213 meters (699 ft), it has not erupted since the second century BC. It was discovered in 1974 by cave explorer Árni B Stefánsson, and opened for tourism in 2012. It is the only volcano in the world where visitors can take an elevator into the magma chamber. The magma that would normally fill the chamber and become sealed is believed to have drained away, revealing the rift beneath the surface.

The beauty of the crater mostly consists in the various colourations found inside it and its enormous – and to some extent intimidating – size. To put it in context, the ground space is equivalent to almost three full-sized basketball courts planted next to each other and the height is such that it would easily fit full sized Statue of Liberty into the chamber. So make no mistake – it’s huge!

 

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Inside the Volcano

A unique opportunity to descend inside the magma chamber of a dormant Icelandic volcano.

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