Iceland mesmerises us time and time again with its scenery, history, and people. Today I am going to take you on a journey to the Vatnajökull Glacier in which there are magical ice caves to discover.
Iceland, I’ve somewhat fallen in love with you. What is there to discover in Iceland? Well… The blue lagoon amongst a lava desert, raging waterfalls such as Dettifoss and Svartifoss, fire and smoke spitting volcanoes, which brought the entire air traffic of Europe to a standstill, starry nights with polar lights, and other fascinating natural spectacles. Iceland doesn’t attract you with museums or monuments, but rather with truly breathtaking spectacles of nature. I want to present to you another one of these masterpieces: Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe!
Ice caves of Vatnajökull – Because mother nature is the best architect
The up to 900 meter thick Vatnajökull came about more than 2500 years ago but that doesn’t mean that the mighty glacier, which makes up 8% of the whole of Iceland, hasn’t changed in the course of time. The giant, which is the third largest glacier in the world, moves a meter every day, calves and is traversed by masses of water which form, among other things, the breathtaking ice caves. Equally, several volcanoes lie hidden under the eternal ice of Iceland. What a force of nature! In spring the ice begins to melt, many of the caves collapse and disappear for ever. However by the next winter, more caves are discovered which can even be visited. What do they look like? Well have a look at these breathtaking photos:
The deep blue of the ice is not a Photoshop trick, it arises because of the high pressure which is produced from the mass of ice. Anyway, in the caves you’re surrounded by several hundred meters of ice. But don’t worry: The knowledgeable glacier guides check the stability of every cave, so you don’t have to be scared of being buried under the vast masses of ice. If you’re lucky, during the tour you might come across underground rivers and even small waterfalls which make the ice caves even more magical. One thing you definitely shouldn’t leave in the hotel: your camera!
The Vatnajökull-National park – Glaciers, Volcanoes, and Waterfalls
The Vatnajökull-National Park was founded in 2008 and is the second biggest national park in the whole of Europe. The park isn’t just comprised of the Vatnajökull glacier but also the Morsárfoss which at 227 meters is the highest waterfall in Iceland. The amazing thing: The waterfall, which was discovered in 2007, is located directly in the glacier and was first seen as a part of its ice broke off. This is yet another example that shows there’s so many spectacles of nature on our planet that we haven’t discovered yet. Mother nature always has new, fascinating surprises ready for us. The national park is a real highlight of Iceland and if you ask me, a trip there is an absolute MUST. Where else other than the Vatnajökull-National park in Iceland can you discover glaciers, waterfalls, (active) volcanoes, and ice caves?!
Guided tours of the different sights of the park are carried out by several local providers. Everything you need for a day is included in the €100-200 price of a day tour. However you should consider the time of the year: For example if you want to do a ice cave tour you have to go in Winter (November-March). In the summer months the caves aren’t accessible because of the risk of collapse. So consider what time of the year you go because it would be a real shame to miss out on these breathtaking pictures:
So, have I convinced you to take a trip to the Vatnajökull-National park?