For $130 You Can Visit This Man-Made Glacier Tunnel

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In June, Iceland is opening the world’s first man-made ice-cap glacier cave located on the western slopes of Europe’s second biggest glacier, Langjökull. A 45 minute drive from Reykjavik, the ice cave will offer tours into the heart of the 1,900 ft. deep glacier via a system of manmade tunnels.

Visitors will ride in 8-wheel ice explorer vehicles up to the entrance on the top of the glacier before entering on foot.

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The ice cave stretches deep into the centuries old glacier to reveal ice that hasn’t been seen for thousands of year. In addition to being an under-ice tunnel, the cave will be an entertainment spot with a network of caves and tunnels, exhibition space, ice sculptures, a restaurant, and even a chapel. Tours of the cave start at about $130.

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As climate change continues to rapidly melt glaciers, this could be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see one of these ice giants up close. The ice caves are also designed to help glaciologists, meteorologists and other scientists study the glacier in a new way.

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Cutting holes in a glacier like a block of Swiss cheese to exploit it for tourist’s money seems like a questionable idea to us. But if it gives people the opportunity to see these enormous natural structures in a new light, it might be worth it.

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Eric is a contributing writer based in Bozeman, MT. An avid climber, mountain biker, backpacker, and snowboarder, he earned his degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. When not living the GearJunkie life, he can be found exploring the Montana backcountry.

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