Iceland mesmerises us time and time again with its scenery, history, and people. Today I’m going to take you on a journey to the Vatnajökull Glacier, where you’ll find magical ice caves that are just waiting to be explored!
Iceland, I have to confess – I think I’ve fallen in love with you! Just what exactly is there to discover here? Well, everything imaginable: the Blue Lagoon in the heart of old lava fields, raging waterfalls such as Dettifoss and Svartifoss, fire and smoke spitting volcanoes (which brought the entire air traffic of Europe to a standstill), starry nights filled with the Northern Lights, and other fascinating nature spectacles. Iceland doesn’t attract you with museums or monuments, but with truly breathtaking spectacles of nature. I want to present to you another one of these masterpieces: Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe!
Vatnajökull – because mother nature is the best architect!
Vatnajökull, which is roughly 900m thick, came about more than 2, 500 years ago, but that doesn’t mean that the mighty glacier, which makes up 8% of the whole of Iceland, hasn’t changed in the course of time. This colossus, the third largest glacier in the world, moves a meter every day, carves its way through the land and is traversed by masses of water which form, among other things, these breathtaking ice caves. Several volcanoes also lie hidden under the eternal ice of Iceland. What a force of nature! In spring the ice begins to melt, many of the caves collapse and they disappear forever. However by the next winter, more caves are discovered which can even be visited. What do they look like? Well have a look at these breathtaking photos:
The ice appears so blue not because of some Photoshop trickery, but because of the high pressure which is produced from the mass of ice. In the caves you’ll be surrounded by several hundred meters of ice, but don’t worry: the knowledgeable glacier guides check the stability of every cave, so you don’t have to be scared of being buried under the vast masses of ice. If you’re lucky, during the tour you might come across underground rivers and even small waterfalls which make the ice caves even more magical. One thing you definitely shouldn’t leave in the hotel: your camera!
The Vatnajökull National park – glaciers, volcanoes, and waterfalls
The Vatnajökull National Park was founded in 2008 and is the second biggest national park in the whole of Europe. The park isn’t just comprised of the Vatnajökull glacier, but also the Morsárfoss waterfall which is the highest waterfall in Iceland at an impressive height of 227 metres. But here’s the amazing thing – the waterfall, which was discovered in 2007, is located directly in the glacier and was first seen when a part of its ice broke off. This is yet another example that shows just how many of our planet’s natural wonders that we haven’t discovered yet. Mother Nature always has ready new, fascinating surprises for us!
The national park is a real highlight of Iceland and if you ask me, a trip there is an absolute must-see. Where else other than the Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland can you discover glaciers, waterfalls, (active) volcanoes, and ice caves all in the same place!
Guided tours of the different sights of the park are carried out by several local providers. Everything you need for a day is included in the day tour, which costs somewhere between €100 – €200. However you should consider the time of the year: For example if you want to do a ice cave tour yourself, then you’ll have to go in winter (November-March). In the summer months the caves aren’t accessible because of the risk of collapse. So consider what time of the year you go because it would be a real shame to miss out on this breathtaking experience!
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