Central Switzerland from 3,000m/10,000ft

Central Switzerland from 3,000m/10,000ft

One of the highest mountains in Central Switzerland is Mount Titlis, a 3,238m high mountain that can be visited throughout the year – in summer, visiting the gletscher offers a great opportunity to be amongst the snow and provides fantastic views over the surrounding mountains. In winter, it is a good destination for skiing and the mountain provides one of the longest ski-seasons in Switzerland with skiing possible from October to May.

We have visited Titlis on a number of occasions both in winter and summer and, as usual, took some panoramas while we were there.

This first panorama is at the bottom of Titlis in the village of Engelberg and provides nice views of the surrounding mountains. As always, click on the image for a larger view or go directly to the interactive version below.

Titlis bottom station

Titlis bottom station

Have a look around this interactive panorama by clicking on the image below:

 

The top of Titlis at 3,238m provides stunning views of the surroundings and has a number of activities to offer, including a permanent ice-cave, the ability to take a chairlift over the glacier and the “Titlis Cliffwalk”, the the highest suspension bridge in Europe. This panorama was taken from that suspension bridge. Clouds rolled in during the day which made walking on the bridge a special experience where you feel in the clouds.

Titlis Cliff Walk

Titlis Cliff Walk

Have a look at the interactive panorama and feel on top of the world in the clouds:

 

We also had the opportunity to be on the mountain during the night.  We stayed at a hotel about half-way up the mountain which also has a lake nearby.  Walking around in a mountainous area after sunset was a special experience. This panorama captures some of that experience at dusk:

Dusk on Titlis

Dusk on Titlis

 

Experience being in the mountains right after sunset in this interactive panorama:

 

 

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Inside Iceland

One of the amazing experiences you can have in Iceland is to actually go inside of a volcano. During this excursion, you go 120 meters down into a magna chamber of a volcano that erupted 4,000 years ago. Being in the magna chamber itself is breathtaking and the trip to the volcano is an equaly experience. To go down into the volcano, you first walk about 3km/2 miles across lava fields, an experience in its own right. You then descent into the volcano in an open lift with only 6 spaces similar to the ones used by window cleaners. The trip 120m down to the bottom of the volcano takes about 7-8 minutes.

Inside the volcano, I took this panorama which received over 3,000 views on 360cities.net within the first few weeks. The panorama was taken inside of the volcano and shows the beautiful colours inside the magna chamber and the size of the chamber. You can also see the hole where the lift comes down. If you look closely, you will also be able to see some water coming down, which is there permanently. Inside the cave, it is completely dry, though.

Inside the Volcano

Inside the Volcano

Click on the image below for the interactive version of the panorama so you experience the volcano for yourself:

 

This colourful panorama, which was also taken inside of the magna chamber, shows the colors even more clearly as in a painting and also shows lift coming down.

Inside the Volcano

Inside the Volcano

Do explore the interactive version below to have a closer look at all the colors, the lift and the individuals in the volcano:

 

In this next panorama, you can see the entrance of the volcano and a group of visitors coming up from the depths of the magna chamber. The entrance also provides a beautiful view of the surroundings, including lava fields, some snow and a view of Reykjavik in the distance. The red  ground is also striking.

Entrance to the volcano

Entrance to the volcano

Explore the interactive version for a closer look:



The walk to the volcano itself is also a great experience as you are walking through lava field with out-of-this-worldly views. This panorama was taken along the walk to the volcano across a lava field and nature reserve. The gap between rocks are the tectonic plates between the American and European continent slowly moving away from each other. In addition to this meeting of tectonic plates, you can also see the surrounding hills, the lava fields and the surrounding area. The panorama also shows the path towards the volcano in which you go down.

Tectonic plates on the way to the volcano

Tectonic plates on the way to the volcano

Have a look at the interactive version of this panorama to better explore the area:

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Brand new site, brand new cow!

Out for a Saturday’s bike ride, you might see something unexpected. We had stopped for a rest where there was a nice view, and cows. Johan happened to notice a small calf. It wasn’t very close, and I got out my camera with a big zoom. It was quite little! I could see it wobbled as it walked. I couldn’t see that well in the LCD screen of the camera. But once home, I was quite surprised. It appears this calf was born within the last couple hours or so.

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