Incredible Ice Caves of Iceland: A Photo Journey

Beneath the layers and layers of ice which form the glacier Vatnajokull is one of the most unique places in the world – the incredible ice caves of Iceland!

Glaciers are true forces of nature, the result of thousands of years of snow accumulation and compression, and Vatnajokull is a giant of glaciers. Covering 8% of Iceland with a surface area of around 100km2 Vatnajokull is Europe’s largest glacier.

Beneath and within this frozen world are incredible ice caves of vaulted brilliant blue ice. The crystalline ice is full of sculpted patterns and ribbons of grey streak through from the moraine debris.

Being within the incredible ice caves of Iceland feels like you you’re in another world and on my second last day in Iceland I was extremely fortunate enough to join a tour of these incredible ice caves. So join me on a photo journey and be transported to a place like no other!

Incredible Ice Caves of Iceland

Incredible Ice Caves of Iceland

The journey begins at the ice-berg filled lagoon at Jokulsarlon

The journey begins at the ice-berg filled lagoon of Jokulsarlon

Jokulsarlon!!

Jokulsarlon!!

Heading out across the morraine

Heading out across the morraine

Preparing to enter another world

Preparing to enter another world

The entrance to the ice cave!!

The entrance to the ice cave!!

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Brilliant blue ice vaults high above the ice cave

Blue, grey and white contrasts

Blue, grey and white contrasts

Looking towards the entrance

Looking towards the entrance

Captivating crystalline details

Captivating crystalline details

Sculpted patterns within the ice

Sculpted patterns within the ice

Close up of the blue and bubbles

Close up of the blue and bubbles

More gorgeous glacial details

More gorgeous glacial details

Clear ice rises high over head

Clear ice rises high over head

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Practical Information

The incredible ice caves of Iceland are only accessible in winter when the glacial ice remains stable enough for a safe visit.

I visited this other world with GoEcco on their Ice Cave Tour from Glacier Lagoon (ie. Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon) as I had my own transport. The guide was extremely passionate about the environment and human nature making for an entertaining trip. I especially liked how he didn’t rush us through our experience nor hurry us out. I could take my time absorbing this extraordinary place and experience (and get these photos!!).

The tour cost USD185.

Jokulsarlon is approx four and half hours drive from Reykjavik and is an enchanting place to visit on it’s own with the ever-changing iceberg filled lagoon to Diamond Beach where those icebergs come to rest on black sand amongst the pounding surf.

For nearby accommodation I recommend Skyrhúsid Guest House which has super cosy rooms or Hali Country Hotel for a more hotel feel, both are only ten minutes from Jokulsarlon. If you stay here be sure to try the Arctic Char for dinner at the restaurant located within the cultural heritage center, Þórbergur Centre. It’s delicious!!

Have you visited an ice cave? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments.

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