Ice Cave: Grotte Mer de Glace
Ice Cave: Grotte Mer de Glace Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Reviews
Ice Cave: Grotte Mer de Glace Jul 31, 2013
Normally i give 4-5 star ratings to the places ive been to in the alps, specially the sights and attractions but the ice caves of mer de glace was a bit of letdown.
i thought the ice caves were really caves in the glaciers carved by nature but it was man made.
as the glacier recedes, construction workers have to drill holes again and again to make ice caves. they also have to rebuilt the steps to the glacier everytime the glacier changes its course and position. but being a very fragile nature phenomenon, i think they have to rethink of letting in thousands of human activity in the glacier everyday - they have to make it a protective national park that limits number of people a day.
inside the glacier - are colorful light shows that changes everytime and reflects the blue ice giving it a vibrant ambiante inside.
there were also ice sculptures here and there - and one thing i found funny was that theres a huge st. bernard dog to have a picture taken with for a price lol.
the ice cave is small and really crowded because its easy access to tourist, if youre someone like me, who loves the outdoors and open space - you will suffocate here.
what i find interesting is the way here - since we were injured - we could not hike down but used the cable car - and then another 700 or so more steps down but every station of the steps - they have trivia's about mer de glace which i find very educational.
the landscape that also surrounds mer de glace is beautiful, high alpine desert with towering peaks.
if youre not into trekking / hiking, the easiest way to get here (plus hundreds of tourists altogether) is to take the scenic mer de glace train near the chamonix central station to montenvers for 27.50 euros - it also includes the cable car down to the ice cave. the cafes and and restaurants too are very expensive so bring your own food.
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