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Vatnajokull Ice Cave Shoot

Mar 4, 2015

Vatnajokull Glacier is Iceland’s largest covering around 8 percent of the country and is also the largest glacial mass in Europe covering around 8300 sq kilometres. At it’s thickest point it is nearly 1000m thick. Several volcanos lie underneath Vatnajokull including the active Bardabunga and Grimsvotn. Yesterday I had the unique opportunity to photograph literally underneath the glacier by venturing into an incredible ice cave at the southern end. These caves can be quite dangerous but I felt the 45 minutes I spent inside was well worth the risk, and sometimes you just have to push the envelope a little and take risks in order to get the shot. It’s still winter here in Iceland and things aren’t melting yet, but realistically this cave could be gone in another month or even weeks, depending on weather. New caves will form again next winter as the glacier retreats another 150 metres or so throughout the year. An amazing experience in an amazing place.