04 July, 2012

Inside the volcano

Sometimes places deserve large photos to illustrate just how amazing they are, and today's post certainly deserves that. Since I was a little girl, I have had a bit of an obsession with volcanoes, and when I heard about what was on offer in the dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano near Reykjavic, I knew I had to feature it on my blog.

Photo by Vilhelm Gunnarsson
As someone who suffers from vertigo, today's attraction terrifies me, but I also know it's an amazing opportunity to experience something very few people will ever get the chance to do. This Volcano last erupted over 4000 years ago; and for the first time in history, visitors to Iceland will have the opportunity to see what it looks like on the inside.

Photo by K. Maack
Visitors will descend 380ft through the top crater in an open elevator system (this is the bit that gets my vertigo going!) and down to the bottom of the magma chamber, accompanied by specially trained guides. It's the only place on earth where a huge volcanic magma chamber is accessible, and currently safe to explore.

Photo by K. Maack
The chamber is absolutely enormous - the ground space is equivalent to almost three full-sized basketball courts, and the distance from top to bottom is just short of three Statues of Liberty planted on top of each other - staggering statistics!

Photo by Vilhelm Gunnarsson
You only have a small window in which to take this opportunity - tours are only operating from June 15th until July the 31st 2012, with several departures each day. Only small groups are taken down, and it takes around 5-6 hours to complete the tour, including up to an hour inside the volcano itself. For more information, visit www.insidethevolcano.com

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