Even the travelers who have covered the entire globe know that they can never see everything. There is always something waiting to be discovered. And sometimes, you have to look under and beyond the Earth’s surface to find these hidden gems! One such marvel is located in the town of Sweetwater, Tennessee, home to The Lost Sea, the largest underground lake in America. And now you explore it in a boat with a glass bottom! Read on to find out more about how you can experience this natural wonderment in the best way possible.
The Lost Sea is located inside wide caverns known as the greater Craighead Caverns, an extensive cave network extending from Sweetwater to Madisonville in Tennessee. The caves have been used since the days of the Cherokee Indians — and the large number of Indian artifacts including pottery, arrowheads, weapons, and jewelry found there have testified this fact. Though widely visited since the early 1990s, very few scientific explorations have been made to learn more about the underground lake. Just like the dry caves, the underwater section of the caves are also angled down sharply, making it hard to measure the exact depth of the water. Explorers fathom that the depth is over 100 feet.
Though you can’t possibly dream of readily diving in the underground lake, you can very easily get aboard a striking glass-bottomed boat to explore it. After a 75 mile walk across the caverns to the lake, one takes the 75-minute tour ride which covers almost 4 acres of water. Guides are present to provide interesting anecdotes and to point out gorgeous formations called anthodites or cave flowers. While enjoying the breathtaking underground scene and taking note of all the fascinating information, don’t forget to look below through the glassed bottom of the boat! You may find something surprising lurking beneath the water surface! As we said earlier, it’s all about looking under and beyond!
Iceland is a beautiful country that’s perfect for adventurers and nature lovers alike. However, because it’s so sparse and organic, most accommodation options can be found in the larger towns and cities. If you’re not about that city life, you don’t have to worry, because camping in Iceland is now easier than ever. By setting up your tent and enjoying the natural world around you, you can appreciate everything that Iceland has to offer without getting stuck in any tourist traps.
Check The Availability
It’s illegal to camp anywhere that isn’t a designated camping area in Iceland. Thankfully, you don’t have to worry too much about that as there are more than 170 campsites in Iceland, which means that you have lots of different options to choose from. However, it’s very important to check the availability of these campsites before you travel there – because they can still get pretty busy.
No Fires Allowed
Most people love to build a campfire when they go camping, but once again, this is actually illegal in Iceland. Because of this, you’re going to have to think about what you’re going to pack before you embark on your camping adventure. Although many campsites come complete with grills, it may not be possible for you to use one, which is why you need to think about meals that perhaps do not need to be cooked for too long.
One of the most important things you need to remember about camping in Iceland is that you need to embrace nature. Iceland offers stunning landscapes that really do need to be seen to be believed, but make sure that you leave your campground as you found it. Do not leave your trash behind, and take care of the space around you.
Looking to go camping in Iceland? Well, we really don’t blame you. It’s an incredible experience that can’t be missed.