Volcano tour in Iceland

Descend into the depths with these Icelandic volcano tours

It has become a cliche that Iceland is the ‘land of fire and ice’ – having been formed equally by the frozen winter and the riotous, subterranean volcanic forces that have moulded its landscapes. Once you set foot on Iceland, however, this cliche couldn’t be closer to the truth. One of the best ways to uncover Iceland’s volcanic past (and present) is to take a tour into the depths themselves.

A TOUR INTO EYJAFJALLAJOKULL VOLCANO

This mighty volcano – perhaps the most famous in Iceland – is a glacier-capped behemoth on Iceland’s south coast. The ice cap that covers the volcano belongs to an area of some 100 square kilometres, with numerous outlet glaciers that run from this great frozen mass. Rising 5,417 ft from sea level, the glacier – whose crater is up to 2.5 miles wide – is a phenomenal physical formation.

Tours of the area can take you into the Thorsmork glacier valley which lies behind the volcano – a stunning natural oasis filled with ash and debris from the crater. From here, you can get some of the best views of southern Iceland.

INTO THE DEPTHS OF THRIHNUKAGIGUR VOLCANO

A truly once in a lifetime experience, the descent into the Thrihnukagigur volcano lets you walk into its subterranean belly – the chamber that once housed its immense, bubbling store of magma. We pair you up with an expert guide who’ll walk you down to the very floor of the magma chamber, descending via the hair-raising open elevator system.

The surrounding areas – thick with black lava and ripe, rich moss – reveal the extent to which Iceland can rely on green and sustainable energy. You’ll also confront the result of the spectacular forces which gave shape to this tectonic landscape, which you can also experience by our specially arranged super jeep tours – speeding past these enormous, immovable landmarks.

VOLCANIC ISLAND HOPPING IN ICELAND

To experience the full extent of Iceland’s volcanic past, the volcano-formed islands of the country’s Westman Islands – an archipelago of just 15 small, scattered, and beautiful landscapes – play home to the eye-opening and atmospheric Eldheimar Museum, with its exploration of the excavation of lava engulfed houses destroyed by the eruption of Eldfell Volcano in 1973. Today, it is safe to ascend this volcano and to enjoy breathtaking panoramas over the islands and their carved apart lava fields.

The most fascinating part of this story is that, until January 23, 1973, when the volcano erupted, it did not actually exist. A previously-unknown fissure beneath Heimaey Island opened up and launched bright, curving arcs of magma into the sky above, while spurting out great black plumes of smoke. It’s a reminder that Iceland is truly a product of the natural world.

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