Underground Expeditions: all on where to go pt. 3
Written by Valentina Romano
Here we are again, writing about incredible “underground experiences”.
In our first article we talked about Puerto Princessa in the Philippines, Linwu Cave in China, Poco Encantando Cave in Brazil and many other stunning and adventurous underground paths.
In our second article we had a look at Kungur Cave in Russia, Cappadocia’s Underground Cities in Turkey, Napoli Sotteranea in Italy, and finally, Mexico’s Underground Rivers.
For today we picked 4 incredible places for you to have a look at – and maybe one day go visit: Luray Caverns in the U.S., Cobber Pedy in Australia, Thrihnukagigur Volcano in Island and Reed Flute Cave in China.
Luray Caverns is a cave located west of Luray, in the state of Virginia, USA. It was discovered in 1878 and since then it has been attracting tourists from all over the world. This underground cave presents beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones and mirror pools filling up the small tunnels and massive spaces composing Luray Caverns. This is surely a must-visit!
Coober Pedy is a small town positioned in South Australia, not too far from the city of Adelaide. The town is renowned for its peculiar residences, which are all built below the ground! These “homes” are called “dugouts” and they are built underground due to the intense heat during the daytime. You should go check out this place, and see for yourself how strange and fascinating the dugouts are!
Thrihnukagigur Volcano is situated south of Reykjavik, and since 2012 the Islander government has allowed tourists to go on excursions inside the volcano – which by the way is still active!! When there you will first get in an elevator which will take you 120 meters below the ground, so towards the heart of Thrihnukagigur. Once you get there, you will be free to climb around and admire the surroundings – obviously you will have to follow, and listen to your guide. The expeditions only include a maximum of 13 people.
Reed Flute Cave is located in Guilin, capital city of the Guangxi province in China. The cave is completely covered in limestone with multicolored lighting, and thanks to the wonderful ambience, Reed Flute has been one of Guilin’s most popular attractions for the past 1200 years! The inside of the cave is adorned with strange rock formations, stalagmites, stalactites and the walls are decorated with ancient drawings and writings from the 792 AD.
(All photos are from Google.com, and they all belong to their original owners)