Five tours a day to mysterious interior of Thrihnukagigur
For the third year running, guided tours will be on offer in Iceland inside a volcano. There will be five tours daily to the interior of Thrihnukagigur (“Three Peaks Crater”) from May 15 to September 30, the minimum age for the journey being 12 years old.
Iceland is one of the world’s most volcanic regions, with more than 130 volcanic mountains, many of them still active.
Located south of Reykjavik, Thrihnukagigur’s huge volcanic chamber is not sealed shut, something scientists cannot explain. The magma appears to have gone, leaving a chasm behind.
The man who discovered the chamber in 1974, Dr Árni B Stefánsson, fought for the chamber to open to the public and escorted the first tourists inside in 2012.
After a tough hike, visitors are given harnesses and helmets. From the top of the cone a cage elevator takes small groups down the neck of the crater into a chamber taller than the Statue of Liberty. About 120 meters down it reaches the floor. The sky is just a tiny chink of light. But vivid colours fill this strange other world – bronze, indigo, yellow and cobalt blue.
[photo courtesy InsidetheVolcano.com]