Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Journey to the Center of the Earth is a classic 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The story involves German professor Otto Lidenbrock who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the centre of the Earth. The Professor is a man of astonishing impatience, and departs for Iceland immediately, taking his reluctant nephew with him. Axel, who, in comparison, is cowardly and anti-adventurous, repeatedly tries to reason with him, explaining his fears of descending into a volcano and putting forward various scientific theories as to why the journey is impossible, but Lidenbrock repeatedly keeps himself blinded against Axel's point of view. After a rapid journey via Lubeck and Copenhagen, they arrive in Reykjavik, where the two procure the services of Hans Bjelke as their guide, and travel overland to the base of the volcano. Lindenbrock, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans descend into the Icelandic volcano Snaefellsjokull, encountering much adversity, many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, before eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy, at the Stromboli volcano. One of Jules Verne's best and most read novels, which has been adapted into numerous films and comic books."