BRILLIANT PHOTOS OF ICELAND’S UNEXPLORED JEWEL-BOX ICE CAVES –
Matej Kriz is a travel photographer with a knack for catching colorful lights inside the eerie ice caves of Iceland.
Kriz shot this series in Vatnajökull National Park. The park is home to Europe’s largest glacier outside the arctic, which, for photographers and explorers, translates to the “ice cave capitol” of Europe.
Vatnajökull National Park’s geography is unlike any other place on earth. Not only is it massive (its 14,141 km2 make up 14% of Iceland’s land mass), but the park also offers a wide variety of topographies. Expect everything from volcanoes to wetlands, glacial rivers, ice capped mountains, and ice caves. Pretty wild, right?
Due to the fantastic landscape, Iceland is a magnet for photographers, which makes it difficult to approach the views with a fresh perspective. For Kriz, capturing a fresh perspective just means searching a little harder for unexplored areas.
“One of the ice caves has been well known for few years already, but new ones appeared on east side of the glacier tongue this year,” he says.
“I live in the area for almost one year and exploring is part of my job – since I am working in the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, we were able to spot them from the boats in the end of the summer. Since my job involves cooperating with local companies, I have good relationships with them, and they told me about caves hidden from tourists, chichis the crystal blue one.
“It is always dangerous in these areas, to some of them you can get on the boat and then climb on the glacier, or with a super jeep or on your own, but anything can happen at any time of course. There are active volcanoes under the glacier, and earthquakes can break the entrance to the cave … or you can encounter an Icelandic troll!
The caves change every second thanks to the light, but it is just appearance during the days. The biggest problem is the warm weather or rain because ice caves are created by streams of water – it is basically a glacier’s waste pipe. Iceland is magical country and the ice caves are a fantasy world all by themselves. You can admire the whole thing or focus on details hidden in the ice and find much more.”
Find more of Kriz’s work here.