From next month, visitors to a new man-made Ice Cave will be able to explore 30m below the Langjökull glacier in Iceland.
The Ice Cave is 500m of man-made tunnels and caves drilled and dug inside Iceland’s Langjökull glacier.
Off-road vehicles will take visitors from the Langjökull, Europe’s second-largest glacier, on a guided tour to the entrance of the Ice Cave, which is 1,260m above sea level.
Langjökull is approximately 200bn.m³ of ice and during construction around 5,500m³ was removed to build the Ice Cave. The project is completely reversible and the Ice Cave will disappear over time if no maintenance is carried out.
The glacier is moving slowly down the hill and in ten years some parts of the Ice Cave will need to be rebuilt in stages to counteract natural movement of the glacier. The design of the caves and tunnels minimises the risk of ice collapsing, and the tunnels are monitored daily.