Iceland is offering thrill-seekers the world’s first tour inside a volcano.
From June 15 until July 31, visitors will be able to take a cable lift to the magma chamber of Thrihnukagigur volcano – which has been dormant for around 4,000 years – and spend an hour exploring inside with a team of expert guides.
The “Inside the Volcano” tour begins with a 40-minute hike across a lava field to reach the volcano, before being kitted up with a safety harness and helmet. The highlight will be the 120-metre (400ft) descent down to the ground floor of the magma chamber.
“The distance from top to bottom is a little short of three NYC’s Statue of liberty planted on top of each other. The beauty of the crater lies in its enormous and, to some extent, intimidating size,” says 3H Travel, the licensed Icelandic company behind the new tour, which costs ISK 37,000 (£184).
The small group tours are being offered to visitors age 12 or over.
How to do it:
Thrihnukagigur volcano is a 30-minute drive from the capital, Reykjavik.
The tour – which lasts five to six hours – is being offered for a limited period to preserve the volcano’s sensitive environment, according to the company website.
UK holiday specialists Discover the World offers a three night volcano adventure that includes the tour inside the Thrihnukagigur volcano plus daily guided safaris in a 4WD, overnight accommodation and transfers. Prices start from £739.
How to get there:
Iceland’s new budget airline, WOW Air will begin direct flights out of London Stansted to Reykjavik from June 1. Flights start from around €190 (£150) return in June.
Established budget airline Iceland Express also flies direct out of London Stansted and Gatwick to Reykjavik.