Crystal Cave - Svínafellsjökull in Skaftafell, Iceland

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    Some of the magic beauty of glacier ice lies under its outer surface. One either needs to strip the surface layer or go underneath it to see its real beauty.

    The centuries old ice coming down the slopes of Öræfajökull via Svínafellsjökull glacier has had almost all of the air pressed out of the ice. Once air has been pressed out the ice turns into this magically blue crystal like ice. The outer surface of this ice (the surface of the glacier) gets bombarded by weather, sun-rays, dust and other things and it transforms the crystal blue ice white. Hidden under the white surface is the blue ice.

    This blue ice can be seen however under certain circumstances. It can be seen in winter after long periods of rain when the surface layer of the glacier has been washed away. It can be seen in ice-caves like this one (unsafe in summer) and on floating icebergs that have recently rolled over.

    This ice cave is on the edge of the glacier where it enters into a lagoon. It is only possible to access it when the lagoon is frozen. Ice caves are in general unstable things and can collapse at any time. They are however much more stable in winter when the cold temperatures harden the ice. Even so we could hear constant cracking sounds inside the cave. It was not because it was going to collapse but because the cave was moving along with the glacier itself. Each time the glacier moved a millimeter loud sounds could be heard.

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    1. John_Bar 31 months ago | reply

      Beautiful photo ! Thank you for sharing that view and your experience !

    2. Andrei Reinol 31 months ago | reply

      Fantastic colors.

    3. fossiled 30 months ago | reply

      Genuine magic. Those of us living in the temperate zone can never see or even conceive out side of a Tolkien book, such a place and your image captures the magic perfectly. The intense transparent colors are Stunning

    4. geraf 30 months ago | reply


    5. geoo1971 30 months ago | reply

      just great!!!

    6. dicksoto 29 months ago | reply


    7. richpope 29 months ago | reply

      Incredible shot... Very beautiful!!

    8. alexys79 28 months ago | reply

      Beautiful !!!

    9. She_who_sleeps_with_cats 27 months ago | reply

      Another planet...? sure looks like it.

    10. kensaiger 27 months ago | reply

      Wondereful image , enjoy your day.

    11. Herra Paasi 26 months ago | reply

      Mindblowing photo! Hope to see something like what you have captured in your photos in 2013 when we're coming to Iceland.

    12. aloeverausa 21 months ago | reply

      Wow! Well it's a real nice picture

    13. Caz 71♥ (On and Off) 19 months ago | reply

      Very interesting and beautiful place, love the blue, good work!

      Hi, i am an Art Director for `Howards and Caz`s Gallery` and would be very honoured if you would consider posting your stunning photo into the Gallery.
      This Gallery is so different than anything flickr has done before, as it is a tough Gallery to belong to, and now the bar has raised to Platinum level, and only the best will be accepted, and it is my opinion that this wonderful piece here belongs with us ……. I hope you will consider posting your beautiful photo in, as i feel it has the standard required to be a part of this Gallery......Kind regards..Caz (AD)

    14. Philip Kuntz 16 months ago | reply

      Sensational image!

      I am an Admin for Howard's and Caz's Gallery. Only exemplary work is invited. Once posted it is then viewed by the Art Director and if approved will take a seat of honor amongst the finest of Flickr images. That is what makes this Group different and unique to Flickr. I believe, in my opinion, this wonderful image of yours belongs with this top notch Gallery! Please, take a look at Howard and Caz's Gallery and if it is to your liking I would be honored for you to join and post your marvelous work. Your hard work and effort is appreciated and I look forward to seeing more of your talent. I thank you for your time and regards, Phil (A)

    15. Sam ♑ 14 months ago | reply

      Your photo is invited to 14 Karat Gold !

    16. offshore geometries 13 months ago | reply

      what a wonderful invitation

    17. kagno87 11 months ago | reply

      I totally love this photo!!!! next month I will be in Iceland for a you know if it's possible to visit this location even if in summer? and if yes, how can I find this place? Thanks!!

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