I thought it would be appropriate to go back to a more ice-themed photo for Christmas. From the trip Kevin and I took to Iceland back in March this year where we had the good fortune to get a guided ice cave tour with Blue Iceland - blueiceland.is, local experts on the Vatnajokull glacier and the ice caves that form within it each year, sculpted through the summer season by the glacial runoff. The caves are scouted in the fall and then usually open for guided tours only once they are frozen again. It is a fantastic other-worldly experience wandering underneath the ice, with the surfaces worn smooth and translucent, the colors ranging from deep grays and blacks to the stunning turquoise and aquamarine color when backlight by the sun. You can see the mouth of this particular cave had two main holes. Would have made for a spectacular sunset photo had there been anything but solid cloud. Still, we were fortunate even to have had access to the cave, which requires a 3-4km walk across the glacier. On this day the wind was calm and the temperature just a couple degrees below freezing. The next day the wind howled across the glacier at 75km/h which would have made it rather treacherous and unsafe.
A wonderful and Happy Holiday season to all!