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Ice Cave Sunset Photo Iceland

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Treasure Island Ice Cave, Vatnajökull Glacier - Iceland
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Winner of the EPSON Digital Art Award - EPSON International Pano Awards 2019
Silver Award
Gold Award + 2nd place/runner up, Open: Nature/Landscapes - EPSON International Pano Awards 2019
Silver Award Honorable Mention - IPA 2019 - Nature: Sunset
Descending into this magical Ice Cave below Vatnajökull Glacier was like entering a fairy tale. Since capturing this in February 2018 this cave has melted significantly, a moment captured that will now never be repeated.

Walking across glaciers has always been a personal fear of mine. I’ve heard too many stories of people disappearing into snow covered crevasses, never to be seen again!

When I learnt that accessing some of the best ice caves in Iceland required a 7km return hike across Europe’s largest glacier I wrestled with the idea for quite some time but I just knew that if I wanted to capture a unique photograph of an ice cave, I was going to have to conquer my fear.

This was my first trip to Iceland and I was travelling with a close friend from New Zealand. Self-driving around the region in the middle of a sub-arctic Winter is not for everyone, we experienced regular blizzards with white-out conditions and gale force winds so strong they have been known to burst windscreens right out of people's cars while driving. Suffice to say, it was an adventure every day before we even left the highway!

Accessing Iceland's ice caves safely is easier said than done. Firstly, you need to be there during Winter, secondly there can't be any rain forecast and thirdly you usually need to have booked a trip well in advance with one of the few licensed, local operators.

Midway through our trip the weather conditions were looking good so we proceeded with our previously booked private tour with Siggi, a friendly local guide from Hofn. Siggi drove us across Vatnajökull glacier in his Super Jeep right up to the entrances of 2 of the most accessible ice caves near Jökulsárlón; the Crystal Cave and Black Ice (or Anaconda) Ice Cave. Both caves were beautiful and I captured a number of nice photos but with many visitors each week they lacked the feeling of isolation and uniqueness that I was after.

I had been researching some of the more remote ice caves in the region and found a guide that was taking a small group out the next day, it was a 7km hike with crampons, helmet and safety gear. I asked my friend if he would like to join me but with a troublesome knee injury he suggested I do it solo. By the time I booked, they only had 1 place left... it was meant to be!

The next morning, doing my best to calm my nerves I met up with our friendly local guides Siggi and Anna for a safety briefing before commencing the hike. It was my first time hiking in Crampons which took some getting used to but we carefully crossed the glacier, navigating around crevasses and sheer drop-offs before descending a steep, carefully placed rope course down to the caves to ensure we didn’t slip and end up in the ice cold lagoon below. It was a nervous trip for me but I focused on the amazing opportunities that awaited at the other end!

Finally we had arrived! We were again briefed on safety while inside the caves and warned to walk quickly through any cave entrance as it's a high risk area for collapse.

On entering the caves underneath the Glacier it was like being on another planet. I spent a few solid hours exploring, experimenting with a number of compositions.

As the sun began to set, beautiful warm light shone through the entrance of the Treasure Island Ice Cave, bouncing off the walls of ice. I captured this unique shot looking back to towards the cave entrance and knew I had nailed something very special!

We commenced our return hike back across the glacier as darkness descended, again navigating the crevasses and steep drop-offs, a race against time to get back to safety before we ran out of light.

What an incredible experience!

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