Stunning Crystal Blue Ice Cave in Vatnajökull Glacier

Photo by @olegrest on Instagram

While the volcano is still spewing molten hot lava, we thought it about time to put a little focus onto the ice part of “The Land of Fire and Ice”… And what better way to do just that than with the help of this majestic shot by photographer Oleg Rest of what it looks like inside an ice cave in Vatnajökull glacier.

Here’s what Oleg had to say about his experience in the ice cave:

One of the most memorable moments in my recent trip to Iceland – visiting the ice caves near Vatnajökull glacier.

Most ice caves are formed as canals for water that run through or at the bottom of the glacier. The water digs its way from underneath the glacier and forms the caves. Usually, the are formed in the summer time when the flow of meltwater is at its peak. Then they are full of water and not accessible.

When the shedding stops during fall, the flow of water in the cave greatly reduces and usually stops completely throughout the winter. The temperature becomes cold enough to strengthen the ice. As a result, what you have left is an ice cave.

Oleg Rest – @olegrest