The literary classic Journey to the Center of the Earth has inspired many film and novel adaptations since its publication in 1864. Now, the story is inspiring trips to the tale’s terrain. Iceland is where Jules Verne first envisioned Lidenbrock and friends descending into the center of the earth. Since then it has been used as the filming location for the 2008 film and the creative basis for many other adaptations. Iceland’s landscape combines lush green valleys with snow covered mountain tops. Giant glaciers still cover the land and create an icy setting perfect for star gazing.
Under the Ice
The Snaefellsnes Peninsula is home to the Snaefellsjokull Glacier, the Vernian entrance to the center of the earth. This beloved ice cube is surrounded by mineral hot springs, waterfalls and lava caves. Take a dip deep into the healing waters of Iceland after a heart-pounding day of ice hiking. This unique sport require ice picks and bravery to help you scale the cliffs. While you can’t journey to the centre of the earth via the Snaefellsnes passage you can get close byventuring down a lava tube in Gjábakkahellir Cave. The descent will bring you to a landscape like nothing you’ve ever seen above ground.
Travellers trying to capture the Vernian fever without the claustrophobia can try to see the Aurora Borealis. Tracking down this phenomena is notoriously tricky but worth the journey. The Aurora Borealis often starts as a puff of cloud before erupting into a sky cover of greens, blues and purples and providing a picture perfect backdrop to thick evergreen trees. Even if the elusive lights don’t appear, the night skies of Iceland never fail to impress. The big dipper seems close enough to touch without all the city lights in the way.
A visit to the Culture House will teach you about Viking ruins and the ancient Icelandic manuscripts written by Snorri Sturluson that Verne used in his tale.
Adventures in Iceland