Entering the Enchanted Realm

This image is from the 12 day winter tour around Iceland together with Örvar from www.flickr.com/photos/orvaratli/.


Entering the deep blue of this 50 m (164 ft) long, 10 m (33 ft) wide and 1.8 m (6 ft) high ice cave on the frozen lagoon of the Svínafellsjökull glacier in Skaftafell, Iceland caused an awe-inspiring atmosphere. This up to 1000 years old snow has metamorphosed into highly pressurized glacier ice that contains almost no air bubbles. Thus it absorbs the visible light despite the scattered shortest blue fraction, giving it its distinct deep blue waved appearance. This cavity in the glacier ice formed as a result of a glacial mill, or moulin. Rain and meltwater on the glacier surface is channelled into streams that enter the glacier at crevices. The waterfall melts a hole into the glacier while the ponded water drains towards lower elevations by forming long ice caves with an outlet at the terminus of the glacier. The fine grained sediments in the water along with wind blown sediments cause the frozen meltwater stream to appear in a muddy colour while the top of the cave exhibits the deep blue colour. Due to the fast movement of the glacier of about 1 m per day over uneven terrain this ice cave cracked up at its end into a deep vertical crevice, called cerrac. This causes the indirect daylight to enter the ice cave from both ends resulting in homogeneous lighting of the ice tunnel.


January 2011

Canon 5D MkII, Canon L 16-35 mm, f/16, 30 sec, ISO 50, tripod


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  • Ernesto Cannella 4y

    wow! incredible place!
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  • Alessandro Giudice 3y

    Another awesome shot!!!!!!!
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  • Ola Flåten 3y

    I've been looking for the source of this photo for a long time! Unbelievable!
  • Phil's Pixels 3y

    Stellar works! This is spectacular!
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  • Harold vd Berge 3y

    Impressive shot!!
  • Ian Aberle 3y

    Incredibly beautiful.
    ~ Seen on pinterest.com (?)
  • ~TB~Photography 3y

    Awe inspiring indeed, a beautiful, breath-taking capture!
  • Angie 2y

    This is stunning, Christian!! Wowee!! What a great shot of this cave. I really love your ice cave shots. Just out of this world...specially for this Florida born girl!! ;) angie from FL
  • coach48 2y

    Irresistible vision……………!!!!
  • NikB. 2y

    Wow. What a great place. I want to go.
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  • Gerry 2y

    Spectacular colours and shapes captured here!!


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  • Magnus Thorildsson 2y

    Awesome formation!

    Your image is truly exceptional

    Truly excellent and high quality images, Post 1 Award 2 :)
  • Marco van Dijk Fotografie 2y

    What a very nice photo. Bravo ...
  • catdancin' 2y

    ~ Absolutely beautiful
  • Neil Hamilton 9mo

    Your beautiful photo has been stolen. [www.flickr.com/photos/126950618@N08/14757477028/]
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