Overlooking the Vallée Blanche, the Mer de Glace is without doubt one of the most legendary glaciers in France. And at its heart, a very special place can be found: La Grotte de Glace, Chamonix’s ice cavern. Quite different from the grandiose views with which the Alpine summits are usually associated, it offers a unique experience that is well worth a visit. Come and discover this extraordinary cave.
La The Grotte de Glace in Chamonix: an exceptional attraction
One of the most famous glaciers in Haute Savoie, the Mer de Glace contains a surprising treasure. Perched at an altitude of 1913 metres, it is home to the most unusual cave in the entire Mont Blanc range. Chamonix’s famous Grotte de Glace was dug into the glacier located at Montenvers, offering breathtaking views over the mountains and the Vallée Blanche.
The Grotte de Glace was carved by man to form the one and only glacier museum in France! It was in 1992 that two friends, both mountain guides, entered the cave that meanders through the Mer de Glace glacier and realised its immense potential. To bring their project to life, they called on sculptors from all over the country to capture the greatest events of our era in the ice. Adept at improvisation with all kinds of tools, they use wood saws and even irons or curling irons to work on this collection, which keeps evolving every year.
Chamonix’s Grotte de Glace is also home to the Glaciorum, which adds an educational and entertaining dimension to this beautiful cave in Haute Savoie. Not only will you find answers to all your questions about the glacier, but also information about the impact of climate change on the mountains. You will learn about the delicate equilibrium of the ice and how everyone can help preserve the environment.
Finally, the Montenvers location will also appeal to foodies who can enjoy local specialties in a panoramic restaurant sitting at an altitude of 1200 metres. A thrilling experience!
How to get to Chamonix’s Grotte de Glace?
The Montenvers valley is accessible by the little train of the same name. Operating every day of the year since 1908, this little red cogwheel train takes you on an old-fashioned railway trip that is worth the journey in and of itself. You will enjoy a breathtaking view of the Mer de Glace itself, as well as Les Drus and Grandes Jorasses. Hop aboard in Chamonix (not far from Le Refuge des Aiglons) and travel through rock tunnels, viaducts and mountainside passages all the way to Montenvers-Mer de Glace.
From there, a gondola takes you directly to the stairs leading to Chamonix’s Grotte de Glace, unless you prefer to take the footpath. Be prepared to walk down 550 steps (and back up!). Nevertheless, the view is worth the effort.
Le Refuge des Aiglons hotel welcomes you to Chamonix
To fully enjoy all the wonders of the Alps, nothing beats a stay in one of the many hotels in Chamonix. Close to the ski areas, hiking trails, and transportation to the most incredible sites, our hotel Le Refuge des Aiglons welcomes you all year round.
Authentic and designed to provide you with all the comfort you need for your mountain holidays, our rooms are perfect for a getaway as a couple, or with family or friends. Take advantage of our many services to recharge your batteries and leave the worries of everyday life behind while enjoying a delicious meal or a spa session.
Those looking for an authentic Alpine village experience can enjoy a delightful visit of the hamlet of Bionnassay, located not far from Saint Gervais, in the heart of the Alps in Haute Savoie. However, it is probably the famous Bionnassay Glacier hike that attracts the most visitors. Discover the smallest of the great glaciers on the French side of Mont Blanc.