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Enter Iceage - Vatnajökull Ice Cap, Iceland

On my trip with Skarpi last weekend we visited this ice cave I have twice before attempted to enter but been turned back by unfavorable conditions. This time however the lengthy cold spell and good weather made sure the cave was accessible and in prime conditions.

 

Flowing from Europe´s largest ice cap Vatnajökull the glaciers contain centuries old ice which has seen all its air pressed out of it turning it into this crystal blue ice. Not all ice caves have this colored ice but Vatnajökull seems to produce the right conditions for them to form.

 

Shooting this shot we decided to play models in the entrance. I normally dont put people in my images but in this case it really puts things into perspective. Shooting with a very wide angled lens (Nikon 14-24mm) allowed me to capture as much of the 360° scene. Here Skarpi is the model. You can see his version of the same scene in his photostream.

 

Because of a recent accident in Iceland where a young amateur photographer died on a glacier I will not give details of this caves location. If you want to visit this place contact a local mountain guide f.x. Öræfaferðir or join my Winter Photo Tour

 

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Taken on December 4, 2011