The incredible underworld of Thrihnukagigur Volcano has been opened up to allow the first ever public access into a volcano of this kind, but limited operation and restricted access means time is already running out to experience the adventure before its unique access route is closed forever.
Throughout the summer, a small basket lift will take exclusive groups of 10 to 15 visitors down 120m – the height of the London Eye – from the top of the crater right onto the floor inside the volcano.
This rare gigantic magma chamber was left empty after the lava slid back into the ground – unlike most volcanoes which block once the eruption has finished. Undiscovered for thousands of years, it was first entered in 1976 but its true beauty has only been recently revealed by the installation of high-voltage lighting.
Inside, it’s unlike anything else on this planet.
It’s a cavern of incredible colours formed by a volcanic eruption 4,000 years ago, dripping with seeping moisture and now resting at a cool 5 degrees. The deep-red blistered walls early in the descent look like a portal to hell, while lower down, in a cathedral=like space, the mineral deposits from the eruption have created a kaleidoscope of colour.
At this time of year, with 24-hour daylight, it’s the only place you can go in Iceland where it gets dark.
So far, just 300 people have been lowered into the cavern and by the end of the season that number will still be below 3,000 – still fewer people than have climbed Mount Everest.
After that, if all goes to plan, a tunnel and viewing platform will be constructed to allow easier access but it will end the opportunity to experience the adventurous descent.
So if you want to try out one of the most exclusive trips on earth, get booking now...
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