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    • iceland

      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.

    • Chris
      Chris MacAskill

      Oh my gosh, Iurie, I have admired your breathtaking Iceland shots for years. For those who don't know, Iurie let us decorate one of our conference rooms at SmugMug with 72-inch metal prints on high gloss of his Iceland shots.

      Everyone who goes in that conference room stops in their tracks and stares. I hope you don't mind me posting one of the shots (there's a photographer in it):

    • Chris
      Chris MacAskill

      For people obsessed with the ice caves like I am, once upon a time we got a crazy idea when I worked at SmugMug: what if we had ice climbers climb them? Wouldn't that make for great filming and photos? I don't remember who got the idea, but maybe it was our filmmaker @Anton. So they got the great adventure photographer and climber Tim Kemple to come and he invited some of the best ice climbers in the world.

      Ice climbers didn't know if they could do it because their climbs are vertical. @Kevin joined as a second filmmaker and an incredible adventure unfolded in the ice caves. Here's the short film: Climbing Ice - The Iceland Trifecta.

    • vegasphotog

      Lurie's images are amazing but here is one of my fav's when living in Alaska. I was actually the 1st volunteer editor of the Alaska Mountaining Club to introduce color graphics to the newsletter and there was mayhem amongst the old timers. LOL But, every year they would do a clinic out at Matanuska Glacier....I had to mount my crampons and it was about a 30+ minute transit hiking to the rear part of the glacier.

    • kevin
      Kevin Harrington

      Yeah that was pretty crazy. Watching the climbers, Klemen Premrl and Rahel Schelb, make the first ascent on a completely horizontal ice structure was absolutely incredible.

      BTW Klemen has quite the track record doing crazy things, like climbing a calving iceberg.

      📷: Rahel climbing Klem's route. I quickly learned it wasn't worth filming below the climbers, like in your photo above, when a dropped ice tool landed a couple feet from my body.

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