My roadtrip adventure started in the South, where the clear crisp skies I experienced during Winter were a distant memory. In fact, it was nothing short of torrential. Whilst the unpredictability of Iceland’s weather can make things difficult at times, I’ve learned to embrace it. I came to this realisation on a mountain, 500m above sea level whilst being pelted in the face with horizontal rain, which is where this story begins. Our first stop on our roadtrip was Inside The Volcano.
Inside The Volcano
We visited Thrihnukagigur, a dormant volcano and attracted called Inside The Volcano. The magma chamber is the only one in the world which can be entered as after eruption it did not collapse. We descended 300ft into the magma chamber and explored inside; The colours and scale were amazing to witness!
In order to get to and from the volcano, we had to hike 8km. This would be no problem on a normal day but the weather was not on our side. We hiked through snow in howling winds and horizontal rain, making the walk almost as memorable as the trip itself. Luckily we had a local Icelander in our group who helped us navigateand kindly provided ‘happy marriage’ cake, an Icelandic traditional snack.
When we arrived we donned safety gear and got onto the platform hovering above the entrance to the volcano. Once safely on, we were lowered 300m down the inside of the volcano.
The walls were amazing colours from the minerals and metals melted during the eruption.
When we got to the bottom we were able to carefully explore the floor. Looking up at the vast walls above us.
After exploring the bottom of the chamber we were lifted back up to the snowy outside. I got completely soaked on the walk home. It rained horizontally the entire time and I was drenched. Although it didn’t matter, we had a fantastic time and were given delicious Icelandic soup before the walk to warm up with.