Ice Caves - A Deeper Glance at One of Iceland’s Most Beautiful Sights

18. January 2019 —
Bjartur Týr Ólafsson

Massive glaciers, pristine waterfalls and glistening ice caves all help to make up the well-known identity of Iceland, better known by its nickname – the land of fire and ice. The ice caves of Iceland are certainly one of the countries’ most picturesque offerings, leaving visitors stunned by the glistening and gleaming beauty, strewn from the deep blue pigments reflecting off each icy surface. Certainly,not all ice caves in Iceland are the same, and for that reason, it’s best to know which to visit and when to ensure both a safe and beautiful journey into the caves. 

An ice cave tour is the best way to experience these natural beauties, where a professional team has already scouted out the best caves for the current season. For the best time to visit Iceland’s ice caves, the season typically lasts from November until the end of March, with the exception being a few other caves that are accessible depending on weather conditions.

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Exploring Iceland’s Spectacular Ice Caves

Ice caves are a constantly changing phenomenon that showcasesthe beauty of mother nature in the forms of stunning shades of deep blues and shining whites. As the light hits the transparent ice, reflections dance lively around the cave, making for one of the most picturesque sights one will ever set their eyes on. The ice caves found in Iceland were formed due to the fascinating combination of both seasonal melt waterfrom glaciers combined with hydrothermal heat from the volcanic activity taking place underneath of the island. For this reason, visits to the ice caves are very dependent on the heating and cooling process taking place deep below the earth’s surface. 

Visitors to ice caves in Iceland are highly encouraged to bring along a personal camera to capture some of the cave’s true beauty that lies within the reflections coming from all angles. Technically an ice caves can be found on most glaciers in Iceland but Vatnajökull National Park usually has ice cave tours during the winter , depending on weather and current conditions inside of the cave.

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Getting Up-Close and Personal with One of Iceland’s Ice Caves

If you do decide to embark on the journey of visiting some of Iceland‘s ice caves, it‘s highly recommended to take a guided tour. You should never attempt to enter an ice cave or come in close contact with a glacier without the experience of a professional guide. Without proper gear and knowledge, visiting an ice cave can be extremely dangerous and potentiallylife-threatening. For that reason, it‘s recommended to choose an ice cave tour which not only provides a friendly team who can give some history and information about the cave itself,but also toensure you have the proper gear for a safe journey, including compulsory items such as crampons and an ice axe.

No trip to Iceland is complete without a visit into the deep-blue depths of Iceland’s stunning ice caves. With that in mind, take a guided ice cave tour to ensure your safety . Not only will you be equipped with the necessary gear and an expert guide, you will experience one of the best spots to visit while in Iceland. That alone is worth its weight in gold.

Is exploring an ice cave on your bucket list? Let us know in the comments if you plan to visit one of Iceland's stunning ice caves during your visit.

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