New Iceland Tour Allows Travelers to Descend into a Dormant Volcano
REYKJAVIK, Iceland, May 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
For the first time in history, travelers are being offered the chance of venturing inside a dormant volcano. The adventure takes place at Thrihnukagigur volcano in Iceland which last erupted 4000 years ago. Participants will have to descend 380 feet (120m) through the top crater and down to the ground bottom of the volcanic magma chamber. An open elevator system is used in the operation, transporting participants up and down the chamber in a cable lift.
The size and scope of the bottle shaped vault is enormous; its ground space is equivalent to almost three basketball courts and the distance from top to bottom could easily fit NYC's Statue of Liberty.
The operation of this unique and exclusive Iceland volcano tour, only available for a period of 6-8 weeks from June 15th is part of an ongoing environmental-, geological-, and marketing research on the volcano. The tour will have several daily departures, all of which takes approximately 5-6 hours to complete - including up to one hour inside the volcano.
Prices start from USD 285,- per person.
Future plans are to make the phenomenon accessible to the public and to create one of the most unique tourist attractions in the world. Visitors would then walk from the slopes of the volcano through a ground tunnel to a viewing platform inside the crater from where the enormous size and amazing colors of the chamber could be enjoyed.
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Thrihnukagigur volcano is located approximately 20 miles from Reykjavik. The magma chamber, in which participants in the tour will be descending into, is often referred to as the heart of a volcano. It's there where the liquid rock awaits to find a way through the surface, causing a volcanic eruption. In most cases, the crater usually closes after the eruption with hard cold lava. Thrihnukagigur volcano is a rare exception of this, being a case where the magma in the chamber has disappeared. It's believed that the magma solidified on the walls or quite simply went back to the depths of the earth.
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