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One of the amazing experiences you can have in Iceland is to actually go inside of a volcano. During this excursion, you go 120 meters down into a magna chamber of a volcano that erupted 4,000 years ago. Being in the magna chamber itself is breathtaking and the trip to the volcano is equaly a great experience. To go down into the volcano, you first walk about 3km/2 miles across lava fields, an experience in its own right. You then descent into the volcano in an open lift with only 6 spaces similar to the ones used by window cleaners. The trip 120m down to the bottom of the volcano takes about 7-8 minutes.

This panorama was taken along the walk to the volcano across a lava field and nature reserve. The gap between rocks are the tectonic plates between the American and European continent slowly moving away from each other. In addition to this meeting of tectonic plates, you can also see the surrounding hills, the lava fields and the surrounding area. The panorama also shows the path towards the volcano in which you go down.

Also check out the two panoramas inside the Volcano here and here as well as a panorama taken at the entrance of the magna chamber.

Copyright: Johan offermans & karl overholt
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Uploaded: 06/07/2013
Updated: 11/07/2014
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Tags: iceland; volcano; adventure; thrihnukagigur; walk; reykjavik
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