Thrihnukagigur was a memorable experience! My husband and I were looking for something unusual to do in Iceland and this was it. I really think the trip experience depends very much on the weather. We took the 10 am tour and it was raining and super windy. In fact the tours for the rest of the day were cancelled due to the weather. Our 2 mile walk to Thrihnukagigur was a challenge fighting the mud and rocks. We were told “not” to walk on the lichen/moss spongy surface as represented on the video. Again, because of the rain very few took their cameras out to take pictures during the walk. Hiking boots are a must! We spent more time looking down than up to dodge rocks and watch the mud. We arrived about an hour and half later at the base camp, a trailer, next to the volcano. The wind was so high that the hut was vibrating and the trek to the top of the volcano was not for the “faint of heart.” Guides provided harnesses and helmets with lights. As we approached the volcano we were warned that the winds would be even stronger for about 5 meters, till we arrived at the opening. Yep it was frightening, but true to form it stopped. Then we hooked up, walked the plank, hooked onto the suspended scaffold (window washing unit) and down we went. If you have a fear of heights this is not the tour for you. The decent into the volcano was incredibly peaceful and absolutely beautiful. The colors and textures were stunning and very unique. We had about 30 minutes in the volcano to climb around, take photos and just admire the beauty. My photos just don’t do it justice. The ascent was just as captivating, the soup and tea at the base camp were delightful, but the hike back to the bus was even more challenging than the arrival. As a result of the rain and high winds the shortest path was down the side of the volcano. The biggest challenge was fighting the rain, hail and high winds at our backs.
I have been hiking in rain before, but the winds made the trip challenging, despite my years of working out. I hope they do put in a pathway, so that more people can experience the stunning beauty of geology, without the stress and strain.
When I arrived back to the hotel I told my friends, “We have been to “The Cathedral of Mother Earth;” it was moving, beautiful, inspiring and scary at the same time. We are reminded of this religious experience each time we climb a flight of stairs and breathe through bruised ribs!
Be smart, if the weather is bad reschedule, it it's good enjoy!
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