A man made ice cave is Iceland’s newest tourist attraction. The ice cave is in Langjökull, Iceland’s second largest glacier, 1260 m above sea level. There you can experience once in a lifetime adventure going into the world’s largest man made ice tunnel, that is over 550 m long and goes 40 m under the glacier’s surface. It’s truly a magical journey.
You know, Iceland is the adventurous country where fire plays with ice and darkness plays with light. Iceland is also the country where you can go into one of the country’s glaciers through what is actually the world’s largest man made ice tunnel.
Langjökull is situated only two hours drive away from Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. There are multiple departures a day from Húsafell, which is about 20 km from the glacier, during winter, spring and autumn and six departures a day during summer from Into the Glacier‘s Klaki base-camp which is located at the edge of the glacier. The company also offers day tours from Reykjavík. On the tour you’ll make a few stops, such as the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls. It takes about one hour and 40 minutes to drive to from Reykjavík to Húsafell.
To get to the entrance of the tunnel, Into the Glacier uses modified glacier vehicles. It’s worth mentioning that the company’s 8×8 monster trucks are former mobile cruise missile launchers from NATO that were converted for glacier driving.
Yes, you have to go with a guide as it’s not an ordinary tunnel. Engineers, geologists, glaciologists, architects and designers worked for years on the design and construction of the cave.
The ice cave itself is an adventure. 550 long tunnel that goes 40 meters under the glacier’s surface. As you get further underground, the ice gets older and the colour changes from white to a magnificent deep blue. You can even see the beautiful blue ice at the heart of the glacier.
As it’s a man-made cave it has series of tunnels and both small and large caves. One of the caves even serves as a venue for weddings. Well, if you are not getting married in the cave it’s still worth visiting.
It’s a magical journey.
Photos courtesy of Into The Glacier
Tags: glacier, icelandic, nordic, tourism, Travel
Svava Jónsdóttir, who is Icelandic, has worked as a journalist for the past 23 years and has written three books. She has a BA-degree in Spanish and literature, a diploma in journalism, a teaching certification and a diploma in international relations. She is also a member of the board of the United Nations Association of Iceland. Her interests? Literature and music; she studied music for about a decade. And she likes to travel.
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