Beat the heat in these incredible ice caves

Summer got you sweating? Cool off by checking out inside some of the world’s wildest ice caves.
Einar Runar Sigurdsson standing in the Lightroom of the Crystal Ice Cave in Iceland.
The Crystal Ice Cave's Lightroom © Einar Runar Sigurdsson
By Marc Schwarz

Warm they most definitely aren't – but nevertheless, ice caves are some of the world's most enchanting and alluring places. However from Iceland to Argentina, these incredible wonders of the natural world are rarely seen. That's why we've gathered a stunning collection of images of ice caves here, for your viewing pleasure – like Einar Runar Sigurdsson standing in the Lightroom of the Crystal Ice Cave in Iceland.

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Icy waterfall
Water falls from the ceiling of the Crystal Ice Cave in an ethereal scene.

Water falls inside the famous Crystal Ice Cave in Iceland.
It's not rain if it's INSIDE a cave © Stefan Forster

A river runs through it
Underground waterfalls mean underground rivers. Check out the running water in the Crystal Ice Cave.

A river runs inside the Crystal Ice Cave glacier in Iceland
Our prediction? That water is cold © Stefan Forster

Down under the Drummond
Canada's Drummond Glacier is in Banff National Park in Alberta. It's 16km long and 3km across, and flows west-northwest into Darbel Bay.
 

A beautiful ice cave below the Drummond glacier, in a remote part of Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.
Cold, creepy – and really, really cool © Paul Zizka Photography

Ice daggers
Ice stalactites hang from the ceiling, with a backdrop of beautiful blue colors, below the Vatnajökull Glacier in Iceland.

An ice cave showing the beautivul blue colors below the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland.
Beautiful colors abound below © Javier de la Torre

Ice Clouds
This unique ceiling is found in a cave in the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka

Potpourri Ice Cave
Potpourri Ice Cave © Marc Szeglat

Time for a cold swim
The Vatnajökull ice caves also feature rivers and ponds. It's the largest and most voluminous glacier in Iceland, and covers more than eight percent of the entire country.

Exploring an ice cave below the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland.
Swimming is potentially ill-advised. © Javier de la Torre

Several volcanoes rest beneath the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland, and here's some bonus info – the glacier was used as the setting for the opening sequence (set in Siberia) of the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill, Roger Moore's last film as Bond.

A waterfall falling inside the Vatnajökull Glacier ice cave in Iceland.
Light reflects off the roof © Alex Bradbury

Ice line
A slackliner at the lakeside of Lago Argentino in Argentina. Behind, you can see Perito Moreno, one of the world's unique glaciers.

Slacklining at the lakeside of Lago Argentino, Glaciar Perito Moreno, Argentina
Delicate balance in a dangerous spot © Juan Cruz Rabaglia

Deep down under
Says photographer Juan Cruz Rabaglia: "This is the deeper hole of the cave under the Perito Moreno glacier. We coul hear a rushing river in the background."

Ice climbing in an ice cave under the Glaciar Perito Moreno, Argentina
Cuny Proverbio ascends via ice climb © Juan Cruz Rabaglia

South American ice
Pro ice climber Cuny Proverbio explores an ice cave under the Petito Moreno glacier.

Cuny Proverbio exploring the ice cave under the Glaciar Perito Moreno.
A headlamp lights the way below © Juan Cruz Rabaglia

The middle of Mont Blanc
Hidden in Mont Blanc's Mer de Glace is a stunning ice cave. But with the speed that the glacier is moving – up to 90m a year! – this cave may not be around forever.

A hidden ice cave in the Mer de Glace section of Mont Blaqnc, France.
A hold in the wall, Mont Blanc © Shann Biglione

Fire and ice
Now this is a place to make coffee! Brewing up a pot in the waterfall ice cave in the Vatnajokull Glacier, Iceland.

Making coffee in the waterfall ice cave in Vatnajokull, Glacier, Iceland.
Yes, it's possible to have a fire in an ice cave © Einar Runar Sigurdsson

Dropping in
'Moulins' offer access to ice caves through the glacier. They're formed where water enters the surface, and are usually vertical or near-vertical.
 

Descending into a giant moulin on the Groner Glacier, Switzerland.
There's only one way in – and out © Robbie Shone

Ice traverse
Explorers place ice screws as they cross a (cold) wall. Consequences of falling in? We don't know, but we're sure they're not good.
 

Placing ice screws around the edge of a frozen lake in one giant moulin on the Gorner Glacier, Switzerland.
Don't screw it up © Robbie Shone

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