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Glacial Hideaway

Glacial Hideaway

I visited Iceland in the summer and it didn’t take long to fall in love with the island. Unfortunately 2 things were missing that would have made the trip even better: Ice-Caves and Aurora. I had to go back in the winter and go back I did!

Willie, Alan, Rebecca and I spent 10 days exploring Iceland at the end of February and we quickly checked off our 2 bucket-list items. A chance run-in with Colby Brown, Joe Azure, and Brian Matiash highlighted our first day in the glacial ice-caves. A day later, Oskar from Ice Guides threw us into his massive Super Jeep and off we went to Crystal Cave.

Crystal “Cave” was a network of 3 sections of carved out glacier that creates cavernous tunnels for us to explore. Prepped with helmets, flashlights and our cameras we had almost 2 hours to explore this cave, part of the Svinafellsjokull glacier in Vatnajokull National Park. I loved the way the ice curled around and pointed out, away from the entrance, towards the waiting moon. A recent snow storm built a snow-arch, which would fall shortly after our visit. Bucket-list item complete! Later that night we would check off another item: northern lights (photo coming soon!).

Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8:
24mm, f/11, 1/50 sec, ISO 320

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