Neither artists with their paintings, nor computers with their graphics can compete with mother-nature on the matter of creating masterpieces. Crystal Ice Caves in Iceland are a mere masterpiece.
What if I told you Superman’s crystal fortress is real?
It turns out that the ice that has been coming down from the slopes for centuries has a very high density and it does not contain air bubbles. The absence of air makes it possible that the ice transmits only blue light. However, such an aquamarine color can only be seen under certain circumstances. In winter, after a long rain, when the ice surface is washed with water, the light can fall through the glacier in the cave without any obstacles. The melted water formed the caves and made it possible for visitors to see this masterpiece from the inside. Once you are inside, the views are absolutely breathtaking.
The caves are usually small in the beginning, although they are gradually growing so that from one point you will be able to stand up comfortably there.
If you want to get in the cave, it is better to plan your trip in winter. The narrow ice crossings are available for tourists only when the weather is cold. It may be dangerous for you to stay in the cave in summer. It often happens that the melting ice arches are being crushed under the snow weight.
At the tourist office in Höfn (Hafnarbraut 30), you can book a tour to the Svínafellsjökull glacier or the Skaftafell National Park, which also includes visiting the ice caves. Most of them are available from November to February.
The Skaftafell National Park is part of the Vatnajökull natural reserve in Iceland. All the hiking trails here marked, so you may walk along without a guide. By the way, one of the trails is going to the Svartifoss waterfall (2 km west from the cave). In the park, there are several base camps. The address and other useful information can be found on the official website of the tourist office of the Vatnajökull glacier.
The Hornafjörður Airport is 73 kilometers to the northeast from the Svínafellsjökull glacier and the cave. This is the closest one. The Eagle Air airlines (www.eagleair.is) offer the Höfn-Reykjavik direction. The flights are available six days a week in summer and five days a week in fall, winter, and spring.
Bus services connect Reykjavik, Höfn and the Airport; the bus makes a stop on the Skaftafell territory. During the summer period (from May 15 to September 15), the runs are carried out daily, in spring and fall – three times a week. In the winter months, the bus runs are available only on Fridays. The schedule is available on www.straeto.is. The distance between Reykjavik and the reserve is about 326 kilometers.
There three major companies providing car rental services in Höfn. These are Hertz, Avis and Bílaleiga Akureyrar. The Icelandic Ring Road will lead you straight to the park.
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