Contributor: Samy Barkat
|Name||Mer de Glace (The Sea Of Ice)|
|Where is it||Montenvers, Haute-Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, France|
|What is it||The Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) is the largest glacier in France. Seven kilometres long and 200 meters deep, it is one of the biggest attractions in the Chamonix Valley.|
|Main attractions||1. The Ice Grotto/CaveA small cable car allows visitors to descend from the train station onto the Mer de Glace glacier where they can enter a man-made ice grotto. The ice grotto is cut into the living glacier, and it has to be dug out again and again every summer since the glacier moves about 70m per year.Access is via 430 steps on both the outward and return walk from the top of the glacier gondola lift.Ice sculptures and caves are inside, under the glacier. The Gallery of Crystals features a collection of the finest crystal specimens in the Mont Blanc massif.
2. The Glaciorium
Established in 2012 on the site of Montenvers Mer de Glace and open daily during the summer (early June to late September), the Glaciorium features an entire exhibition dedicated to glaciology, with interactive and educational presentations about glaciers, their history and geology. It also answers questions related to climate and the environment.
A glacier is a climate indicator. It is also the memory of the planet and life on Earth. The museum also explores the culture built around the glaciers, how they will change in the future and more.
|Psychedelic Merit||The Sea of Ice allows you to penetrate the intimacy of the biggest glacier of French Alps, and experience a trippy journey into the earth’s core!Knowing that the cave melts every year and must be rebuild/re-carved, you also experience the ephemeral feature of our earth.|
|Comments||Entry fees are not cheap. In order to get there you will need to access the glacier through a telecabine.|
|Links||Visitor’s Center: http://www.chamonix.com/mer-de-glace-et-train-du-montenvers,hostels-dormitories,48-3101-74AASOR100120,en.html|