Winter in Iceland is a beautiful time of year. My favourite thing to do during winter is to photograph ice caves – caves which are made of ice and which have opened up within a glacier. Most ice caves are formed by water running either through tunnels in the ice or on the ground beneath the glacier. However, some of them are formed by geothermal vents or hot springs underneath the ice.
As glaciers are constantly moving, these ice caves are not permanent and their solidness may vary greatly. They might be there one winter and then gone completely by the next. Given the inherent danger of collapse, they should only be entered in the company of a seasoned ice cave guide and utmost caution should be observed at all times.
Entering an ice cave remains such a breathtaking experience. Opportunities for photographing are also great here, the glistening of the ice and the light and hues make for some truly memorable photos.
On this page you can see a picture that I took within an ice cave during one of my winter photography workshops in Iceland. I hope you enjoy it and that you get to see an ice cave sometime soon with your own eyes.