If hiking inside a dormant volcano 120 m/400 ft underground sounds like your idea of a day well spent, rest assured that you’ve come to the right country. Tucked away in beautiful Bláfjöll Park just 20 km south of Reykjavik you’ll find Thrihnukagigur, the only known volcano in the world with a magma chamber that’s free of, well, magma. This means visitors are afforded the singularly unique opportunity to explore the massive, colorful cavern that exists beneath the visible volcanic cone. And when we say massive, we mean gargantuan. Just to give you an idea, the empty chamber is tall enough to house the Statue of Liberty, so if you make the descent be prepared to feel dwarfed.
Before you go strapping on the hard hat, you should know that, like many things in Iceland, this one-of-a-kind adventure comes with a hefty price tag: around $315 USD to be exact. And what will you get for it? Well, there’s the scenic 6 km round-trip hike to and from the volcano itself, which is rocky and beautiful but far from challenging. Then there’s the memorable descent via an open cable lift into the belly of the beast itself and around 40 minutes romping (respectfully) around the intimidating and beautiful interior. If you’re interested, check out our links for more details.