Press conference on the ice tunnel in Langjökull

Today, a press conference was held at EFLA to present the status of the project on an ice tunnel in Langjökull. Construction began in early spring and now a tunnel of about 40 meters length has been dug into the glacier. Art director and show designer Árni Páll Jóhannsson was recruited to the project to design the appearance; drawings of the Ice tunnel were presented at the press conference. A computer-generated video was also shown that will be available later in the project website.


The tunnel will be a total of 800 meters long and at a maximal depth of 30 meters below the surface of the glacier. Visitors will be able to view exhibitions, ice art works and the diversity of the glacial ice. They will be able to see how ice cracks close and how the sunlight penetrates dozens of meters down into the glacier.
Tourists will be transported from the glacier's edge to the tunnel by eight-wheeled glacier trucks and they will need to put on climbing irons before setting off.
The Ice tunnel in Langjökull will be a unique tourist destination and a great option for travelers who want to go on exciting day trips from Reykjavík.
The tunnel will have all kinds of nooks and side-caves that will be used for exhibitions, education, catering and more. In one of the side-caves, a small chapel is envisioned; it is deemed likely that many people will want to use the trip to the tunnel to marry. When completed, it will be around 7,000 cubic meters which means that the tunnel will be among the largest artificial ice caves in the world.


The aim is to inaugurate the Ice tunnel in May 2015. Some 20-30,000 guests are expected to come there annually to begin with. The total cost of the project is estimated at ISK 200-300 million.


A presentation for travel companies was held at Icelandair Hotel Natura today; in late summer, the Ice tunnel will start to be introduced to travel companies abroad. To them, the tunnel will be presented under the name IceCave.

 

See previous press releases about the project here:


The start of ice tunnel project
Glacial tunnel in Langjökull glacier

 

The pictures below show Sigurður Skarphéðinsson, executive director of IceCave, and Ari Trausti Guðmundsson, consultant to the project. Reynir Sævarsson, engineer with EFLA, presented the project with them.

 

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