A tour of the 5 most enigmatic ice caves in the world

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During the winter it is possible to visit some of these natural constructions that become a resounding success for demanding explorers or intrepid curious travelers (Aletsch Caves, Switzerland).
During the winter it is possible to visit some of these natural constructions that become a resounding success for demanding explorers or intrepid curious travelers (Aletsch Caves, Switzerland).

Hidden and mysterious places are always captivating propositions for restless travelers and intrepid explorers. These caves y caves have something magical in their formation, under the bluish tint provided by the ice and the sounds that delve into time and the traces of history.

Usually this type of icy caves are formed at the base of the glaciers under a concurrence of factors that contribute their own to achieve the trick. Currents of water that, driven by constant winds in a certain sense, gather the propitious attributes to naturally dig tunnels in the middle of the ice. Thanks to the mixture of natural elements, the shapes and recesses take on silhouettes that resemble brushstrokes.

The almost unreal effect of entering a cavern, surrounded by astonishing beauty, perplexes even the most experienced traveler. Here is a route through some of the most mysterious ice caves in the world.

In the Vatnajokull glacier, some tempting crystal caves are hidden.  Visiting them is one of the most beautiful excursions that Iceland offers (The Crystal Caves - Iceland, embassy)
In the Vatnajokull glacier, some tempting crystal caves are hidden. Visiting them is one of the most beautiful excursions that Iceland offers (The Crystal Caves – Iceland, embassy)

These incredible caves are located in the glacier Vatnajokull. With more than 8,000 square kilometers of surface, it occupies almost 10% of the Icelandic territory. In addition, it is considered the third largest glacier in the world and the second in Europe. Unfortunately, as with the Langjökull or Snaefellsjökull glaciers, Vatnajökull shrinks several meters year after year due to the increase in temperature in Iceland.

One of the most common excursions is to go trekking on the glacier. Using ice axes and crampons it is possible to walk through the vast Vatnajökull ice field and enjoy an impressive frozen landscape.

There, its Crystal Caves look like they belong in a storybook with the translucent ice adding an overall mystical effect to the trails. They are quite out of the ordinary even for connoisseurs. Guided tours are offered so you can explore them safely without missing the highlights.

Among the many series shot in Iceland, Game of Thrones He chose this site to recreate the landscapes Beyond the Wall, where the icy winter was perennial and the White Walkers roamed freely.

Inside the mountain is the world's largest ice cave system, the Eisriesenwelt (photo: www.eisriesenwelt.at )
Inside the mountain is the world’s largest ice cave system, the Eisriesenwelt (photo: www.eisriesenwelt.at )

The Hohenwerfen Fortress had the status of a strategic stronghold. The historic Falconry Center and falconry now add a very special flair to the imposing complex that is often used as a film location. Inside the mountain is the largest ice cave system in the world, the Eisriesenwelt.

This icy labyrinth forms during winter when the air inside the mountain becomes warmer than outside, so cold air entering the passages chills the lower parts of the cave to create the dazzling icy effect.

The first 200 meters of caves were officially discovered in 1879, the main explorations from 1920 revealed a cave system of more than 40 km in length, which soon attracted the first tourists. Today, the greatness of the Eisriesenwelt has become one of the main destinations for sightseeing in salzburg. With its enormous halls, narrow entrances, gigantic size ice sculptures, small ice curtains, corridors, cracks and light effects; ice caves are unique in every way.

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To enter the ice caves it is necessary to go up and down 134 meters. The temperature is below freezing point, so it is necessary to wear suitable shoes, warm clothing and gloves.

The caves are nestled on the north face of the falls so they do not completely melt in the summer due to the shaded area.
The caves are nestled on the north face of the falls so they do not completely melt in the summer due to the shaded area.

These caves are located on Big Four Mountain in the Cascade Range, 34 km east of Granite Falls. They are located at about 1,880 meters high.

When snow melt begins at the top of the mountain, streams of water flow under piles of mountain rubble and cave into ice formations. Since the structure is not very stable, the caves can take various forms at different times of the year.

The Big Four Ice Caves Trail is one of the most popular excursions in the vicinity of Seattle at a distance of two hours by car from the city. The trail is about 3 miles long and is rated as moderate intensity. It has a waterfall and many panoramic views.

It is not recommended to enter the caves in the summer when the ice that forms the walls and ceiling of the caves is melting and you can collapse. It is much safer to enter in winter when the ice domes are more stable, but you do need to wear snow boots.

Due to the volcanic landscape, there are no blue tones in these caves, but ashen ice formations (Katla-Embassy Iceland)
Due to the volcanic landscape, there are no blue tones in these caves, but ashen ice formations (Katla-Embassy Iceland)

hidden in the glacier Kötlujökullthis ice cave gets its name from the volcano Icelandic Boiler. Due to the volcanic landscape, no blue hues are found in these caves, but rather ashen ice formations that create a spectacular, if a bit creepy, effect.

Katla’s glacier, Kötlujökull, is entered through a truly magical ‘gateway’ with walls of blue and black ice standing sentinel on either side. Inside this ice dome, the traveler can feel immersed in a magical Hollywood scene.

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Another world awaits inside the glacier, with astonishing walls of blue and black ice, a site that can be explored on foot in a crampon hike on ice.

The beauty of the Aletsch caves, in Switzerland, show a unique landscape
The beauty of the Aletsch caves, in Switzerland, show a unique landscape

Unbelievably large and unbelievably beautiful: the Great Aletsch Glacier It is the largest snowdrift in the Alps. And it is also the best known due to its easy access and the fact that it is located in an optimal place for extensive excursions, winter sports and nature walks.

The Aletsch Glacier area is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its incredible 11 billion tons of ice, it is the largest in the Alps.

The ice masses extend from the north walls of the Eiger, the Mönch and the Jungfrau down the valley to the Valais and its waters flow through the inhospitable Massa gorge to the Rhône. The entire region is the natural habitat of rare plant and animal species, for example the Aletsch Forest, in the immediate vicinity of which is also the Pro Natura nature protection centre.

At Aletsch Glacier, explorers won’t want to miss the impressive ice caves that lie on the edge of the glacier. They are for more experienced hikers, but there are many guided tours for those who want to take a walk as an amateur. The views to enjoy are epic, the Moosfluh viewpoint deserves some time apart.

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