A Guide to the Ice Caves of Iceland
From the middle of November through March, Iceland’s glaciers creak open, exposing surreal caverns.
These ice caves can be luminous or dark, depending on the pressure of the water in the glacier and their depth. The most otherworldly are the “Crystal Caves” of the Vatnajökull Glacier in Skaftafell National Park, the largest of Europe’s glaciers, where the light filters blue into the wide chasms in the ice.
Visiting ice caves is extremely hazardous and only recommended with a guide, such as Local Guide of Vatnajökull, Icelandic Mountain Guides, Goecco Eco Adventures Iceland, and Glacier Guides. Each year these guides discover the season’s caves, as each winter’s offerings are different from the last. Once summer comes, the ice becomes unsafe for humans to enter due to the threat of collapse in the warmer temperatures.
For the complete guide to Iceland’s ice caves, keep reading on Atlas Obscura!
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