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Return of Ice Age - Vatnjökull, Iceland

Last weekend on a trip with Erez, Dima and Shy to Jökulsárlón and Skaftafell area we got some "insider" information on more ice caves. This one had been in-front of my nose on a previous trip there without me noticing it.

 

The cold spell for the last 2-3 weeks had frozen the small lagoon infront of the cave and it was accessible. The cold also made entry fairly safe as the ice was hard and stable. I have said it before but do never enter an ice cave when the temperatures are above freezing.

 

The harsh and contrasty light in the cave made a single exposure impossible. This is a manually blended image from 6 exposures. Although I like to do things in a single exposure but in this case the technical limitations of the camera sensor could just not capture what the naked eye saw.

 

If you want to visit this place you should contact a local mountain guide because of inherent danger of ice caves: Öræfaferðir or join my Winter Photo Tour

 

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Taken on December 18, 2011