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Hi there- I had no idea that there are ice caves under glaciers! these photos are amazing. Can I ask where these are located? Is it possible for the general public to visit them? I would love to plan my next vacation to this amazing site!
September 28, 2012 at 8:30 pm
Hello Jennifer and thanks for taking the time to check out my site. Glacier caves are quite ephemeral, coming and going with the seasons. Your best place to find caves in the U.S. would be in Alaska during the late summer or fall. I found mine by skirting the edge of various glaciers in the region but the task is time consuming and hazardous. Find a local guide if you can, otherwise just listen for running water. Water is the catalyst for transforming a glacial face into a glacier cave. The water can either come from the glacier itself in the form of summer melt or from adjacent mountains whose snow/ice is melting and flowing into the side of a glacier creating an opening. Be prudent about what caves you enter but Alaska, Patagonia and the Alps are your best bets. There are man-made caves build into the Mar de Glace glacier in the french alps. I believe there are guided tours there as well as Iceland during the winter. The iceland guided tours are astronomically expensive but will no doubt take you to some spectacular locations only the local know. Hope this helps and thanks again for you your note!
All the best, Eric
September 28, 2012 at 8:42 pm
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