5 Awesome Ice Caves in Iceland

       In Iceland, there are many wonders a traveler can witness. From the northern lights to massive glaciers, which roughly formed the landscape. The land is full of legends and mysteries. But besides all this, there are marvelous caves. They are like a living metaphor of fire and ice, as geothermal activity melts down the glacial. The result is more than inspiring. Even a person who has long been living in Iceland can rediscover familiar places in a new way. How? You find out in this list of 5 Awesome ice caves in Iceland. 

Crystal ice cave

In Iceland,

Location: Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier

Season: November - April

      Vatnajökull National Park is the place where you can see this beauty. The crystal ice cave is the biggest one in the park. The cave has another name Breiðamerkurjökull, which is the name of the glacier that covers it. The cave wouldn’t be crystal if it wasn’t for that old and super heavy glacier. The magic of this surreal blue color hides in the years of compressing snow into ice. Squeezing out the oxygen from the ice for around 1200 makes the beauty last.  

In Iceland,

       Many call this cave “a true pleasure for a photographer”, but indeed it’s an awesome experience for everybody, especially the sight of the glittering. Ice and water filters light naturally, so when the sun is strong in winter, the walls can look aqua and green. Sounds like something you should add to your bucket list. 

Katla ice cave

In Iceland,

Location: Kötlujökull Glacier

Season: All-year

      Kalta is the name of the volcano, which was the creator of this cave. Some million years ago the glacier Kotlujokull got slumbered beneath with Kalta’s lava. Thanks to this we now can witness such mesmerizing beauty. You can even witness the traces of eruption on the cave’s walls. 

In Iceland,

      This mountain cauldron is the most active volcano in the country! It’s erupted on average every 50 years, the last time being in 1918. That’s why unlike crystal ice cave Kalta has distinct blue and black ice walls dotted with bubbles. The tectonic stress has also moved some of the thick, icy layers so that they're perpendicular to the ground. And when you thought that’s it in the early in 2018, explorers found a second ice cave deep inside. 

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      If you think all of this is enough awesomeness for this cave, you’re mistaking. The Katla Cave appears in "Star Wars: Rogue One." The best time to see ice caves in Iceland is usually winter, but thanks to the geology of Katla, you can visit this impressive cave all year long.

 LANGJÖKULL ICE CAVE

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Location: Langjökull Glacier

Season: All-year  

     Icelandic entrepreneurs decided not to give all the credit to nature, so they made a cave themselves in 2015. The stunning Langjökull Ice Cave was carved out with large drilling equipment in the western part of Langjokull Glacier, the second-largest icecap in the country. The name stands for “long glacier”. Knowing it becomes logical why the tunnel beneath is called “the longest man-made ice tunnel”. To be more exact: wander 1,640 feet (550 meters) deep into the heart of a glacier, 4,134 feet (1,260 meters) above sea level.  

      This cave is a place for art exhibitions, sitting areas, and even weddings. Soft LED lights bring additional vividness to the aquamarine colors. Also, you can witness almost all of the things that a natural cave can provide, like icicles and crevasses.  

      Although the cave is man-made, this doesn’t mean it’s immune to climate conditions. The creators estimate it could last 10-15 years without maintenance but will need repairs. 

VATNAJÖKULL ICE CAVES

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Location: Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier

Season: November - April 

      Vatnajökull is the name of the biggest glacier in Europe. It covers a massive 8% of Iceland’s land. The Vatnajökull Natural Park is home to over 30 outlet glaciers and countless natural ice caves and no wonder. Its surface area is approximately 3127 square miles (8,100 square kilometers). 

5 Awesome Ice Caves in Iceland

      Because of the ever-changing conditions, it’s quite hard finding a safe for hiking and exploring caves, but it’s not impossible. Falljökull and Breiðamerkurjökull are two glacial outlets with stunningly beautiful ice caves perfect for exploration. 

SKAFTAFELL ICE CAVES

5 Awesome Ice Caves in Iceland

Location: Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier

Season: October - March 

      Both mystical and magnificent, the Skaftafell ice caves can be found under the glacier with the same name. Volcano eruptions and earthquakes have also shaped these caves, but this was thousands of years ago. Now there can be found various ice caves, lakes, valleys, and more. 

     The Skaftafell caves now can be visited only in winter, as they are formed by the glacial river that runs through the glacier in the summer. The weather affects them even harder than the other ice caves. That’s why it is very important to visit ice caves only with certificated guides. 

Conclusion 

      These are some additional points to the bucket list, but be patient and attentive. Visit them with groups and qualified guides. And remember, every year new caves are being found. So who knows, maybe we’ll need to update this article soon, and you’ll have to make some extra space on that list of yours. Explore and have fun on the way!