What is an Ice cave?
If you are planning a trip to Iceland you have to visit an ice cave. They are one of the many natural wonders of Iceland. They are formed due to flowing water below the glacier. Entering a glaciar cave is like entering into a crystal palace. Ice caves are also very unstable therefore they are very dangerous.
Where to see the glaciar caves?
Ice caves can be found all over the country. Iceland’s glaciers are by size: Vatnajökull, Langjökull, Hofsjökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Drangajökull although there are many more. One of the most visited caves is the Kverkfjöll near the Vatnajökull glacier. You can make different cave tours, depending on the season, but we recommend you:
Summer months: Gjábakkahellir Cave (Þingvellir National Park)
Winter months: Leiðarendi Cave (Bláfjöll area)
As you can see all glaciers are ended in the word “jökull” which means glacier in Icelandic.
When is the best moment to see the glaciar caves?
The best season to see the glaciar caves is mainly in winter, from November to March. In other months it is usually more dangerous due to the thaw. From car rent in iceland we recommend you to book the activity with enough time, because they are likely to sell out.
Important tips to keep in mind:
- There are cracks in the glaciers where you could disappear. Be very careful.
- Ice caves are a natural phenomenon, and therefore unpredictable.
- The most important thing: Nobody better than an experienced guide knows which cave is best to visit depending on the time of the year or the weather conditions of a particular day.
- If you like different places, you have to visit one of the most impressive place in Iceland: the Thrihnukagigur volcano. Thrihnukagigur is a dormant volcano with a very big magma chamber and stunning colors. Note: You have to hike and descend 120 meters in an open cable lift to arrive to volcano’s heart.
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