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The Gateway to Iceland

A shot from one of many "Ice Cave Adventure Photo Tours" in Iceland. This ice cave is in Vatnajökull ice cap, southern Iceland. Vatnajökull is the largest ice cap in Europe, around 3,100 km³. It´s pretty hard to capture the real depth of the ice walls in the caves, but the scenery is like an endless 3d depth of blue tones. This is shot soon after a snowstorm, so the cave had some new snow on the walls along with ash from the erupting volcano in Grímsvötn in 2011. The guy at the Gateway happens to be me.


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For safety reasons I'll not recomment anyone to travel into the glaciers without local guiding. We have a recent tragic accident where a photographer died while exploring the glaciers. Never hike alone into the glaciers.


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Taken on December 5, 2011