Opening this June, visitors to Iceland can now experience the unique and amazing ice tunnel and caves in Langjökull, one of Europe’s largest glacier, with Into the Glacier.
From the roots of Langjökull guests are transported in massive, purpose-built eight-wheel drive trucks up to the mouth of the glacial tunnels.
At 200-meters (656-feet) long, this man-made series of five ice chambers, interconnected through a series of lit-up tunnels, is the largest of its kind in all of Europe.
As you move further down into the tunnels, you will notice how the ice walls change in color, going from pearly white to a deep and clear blue.
While traversing this otherworldly environment, guests will learn first-hand about the effects of climate change, from guides well-versed in both geology and glaciology.
Photo: Roman Gerasymenko.
Several different tour options are offered—if you would rather make your way up to the Húsafell area at the foot of the glacier in your own time, the Classic Tour includes just the 60-80 minute tour of the caves, and in the winter also the 45-minute drive from Húsafell.
Several different day-tours are offered from Reykjavík too, some of which include stops at a variety of different sights along the way, such as Deildartunguhver hot spring, Hraunfossar falls, Kaldidalur valley and the Golden Circle (Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir).
Private tours and helicopter tours are also available, and the caves can also be rented for private parties: there’s a chapel in one of the caves and the ice tunnel would make for a very special setting for a wedding venue.
Climate change and environmental protection are issues the team behind Into the Glacier is deeply concerned about. Construction was carried out in collaboration with the environmentally-friendly certified engineering consulting firm EFLA, and the team continues to work closely with the Environment Agency of Iceland.
The temperature inside the caves ranges from -1 to 1°C (30-34°F), and guests are advised to dress accordingly.
Construction of the ice caves started in March 2014 and they opened in June 2015. Guest safety is of utmost importance—safety checks are carried out before the first tour of each day, and the movement of the ice is constantly monitored.
The capacity of the caves is limited and only 160 persons can be inside at any one time. Guests are then required to wear safety equipment, such as crampons, in certain areas.
Rest assured that your safety is our priority and get ready for an adventure like no other: learn all about the Langjökull ice tunnel, how to get there and what you can experience along the way on intotheglacier.is.
Photo: Roman Gerasymenko.