The hike from the parking lot meeting point at Blue Mountains Country Park (Bláfjöll) to Thrihnukagigur volcano is an integral part of the tour, not only because of the breathtaking scenery, but also because it’s one of only two options (see helicopter tour) in order to get to the base of the volcano.
The distance walked is approximately 3 km/2 miles and it usually takes about 50 minutes for participants to complete the hike (depending on the group). After the descent into the volcano, guests walk back the same way.
The image on the right (click on it for a larger view) gives an idea of what it’s all about. The photo is taken from the top of the volcano and shows the Blue Mountains on the horizon.
The hike is classified as moderate in difficulty, roughly 2 on a scale of 5. Most of the way it is a straight walk with limited elevation. There is a hiking trail for the longest part of the walk, but the surface can be hilly and uneven. The last 10 minutes of the hike are the most challenging, with an elevation of around 100m/350ft.
What you should wear and have with you:
- Good shoes that provide ankle support, preferably hiking shoes.
- Warm outdoor clothing. Even if the sun is shining in Reykjavik, the weather can be totally different in the highlands. And it’s cold inside a volcano (about 4°C/37°F)!
- Water (or something else to drink). The hike is a good workout, you’ll need the fluid.
It’s important for tour guests to realize that the weather is very unpredictable, and you should definitely bring warm, rainproof clothes with you, even if the weather in Reykjavik is nice and the forecast looks good. We highly recommend that you check the weather forecast the day before or the morning of your tour departure.
You don’t need any particular skills or prior hiking experience in order to do the hike, but you need to be in decent shape. If you are suffering from any of the following, then the tour is probably not for you:
- Problems with ankles, knees or any part of the feet.
- Problems with the back and/or hips. There is a lot of pressure on the back when walking on such an uneven surface.
- Obesity or being severely overweight.
- Any other physical problem that might affect your ability to complete a combined walk of almost two hours within half a day.
A guide is with you at all times and there are a few (short) stops made on the way. We have a strict time schedule to follow and we expect tour guests to follow the walking speed set by the tour guide.