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Magical ice cave exploring in Breiðamerkurjökull glacier

By Staff

  • Blue ice The ice cave exploring season in Iceland is during the coldest months, from November to March. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

When ice has been pressured and sheltered from direct sunlight its colour is not white, but the fantastic luminous blue that you can see in these photos, captured in an ice cave in Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet glacier in Vatnajökull, Iceland’s largest ice cap.  

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Not a simple task It can be quite tricky to navigate to an ice cave. A small rubber dinghy was brought along in this trip. by Vilhelm Gunnarsson

 

Glaciers cover almost 10 percent of the country, and ice caves can be found in several different locations in most of them. One of the best places to explore ice caves is the southern part of Vatnajökull, where Breiðamerkurjökull is located, not far from the magical Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon.  

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Safe pair of hands Einar Rúnar Sigurðsson (camouflage trousers) is Iceland's most experienced glacier guide. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

 

A glacial cave with ice sculptures carved out by nature is a breathtaking place, but ice caves should only be accessed with experienced local guides. Glaciers are constantly on the move and falling ice can be lethal. 

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Crystal cave Providing the perfect backdrop. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

 

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