How cool is a selfie inside the spectacular formation of a blue ice cave? To enter an ice cave placed under and at the end of a glacier tongue is a unique experience. The caves are natural wonder created by mother nature during summer and accessible during winter. In the spring when temperature rises and glaciers are exposed to the sun, ice melts and water filled with mud and rocks finds its way under the glacier crawling to the edge of the glacier tongue. In the process, the rivers under the glaciers polish the ice and create caves. When winter returns, the melting and floods come to an end, and the caves become accessible, and you can enter this dreamlike world of blue ice caves.
Inside the icecave
Accessible during November until March
One of the most popular and most accessible places to explore an ice cave is Breiðamerkurjökull glacier tongue at the edge of the large ice cap Vatnajökull in southeast Iceland. Although the caves are accessible from the Ring Road, the dirt road to the caves are quite challenging and at some points dangerous. It is a deceiving place as some of the harsh dirt roads are actually placed on ice with possible crevasses under the road. So driving on the roads requires some local knowledge. The roads are also hard to drive and more or less only fit for large modified 4X4 vehicles. And anyhow you should only enter an ice cave with a guide and equipped with the appropriate gear.
The wonderland of an icecave
Placed near the Jökulsárlón lagoon
Visiting an ice cave is one of the exciting things you can do in Iceland during winter. Although this season is the most interesting for tourists, there are many things you can do and experience. Jökulsárlón iceberg lagoon is one of the natural wonders you can visit and enjoy all year round. Most of the companies and guides offering ice cave tours operate from the Jökulsárlón center. Our tour was with one of the most experienced companies, South East, and its owner Siggi litli (Little Siggi).