Phenomena worth travelling
Ice and glacier caves
AKA Glacieres, eishhle, grotta ghiacciata
What is it? A natural cave containing a sizeable amount of ice year round. This is distinct from a glacier cave, which is a cave formed within ice.
Where? Worldwide, temperature and geology willing. Formations inside vary, from icicles and frozen waterfalls to crystals and frost feathers.
First, ice caves. Slovakia s UNESCO listed Dob?insk? has some of the thickest ice, and tours lead amid its stalagmites, stalactites, flowstone crusts and layers of ?moonmilk . Other astonishing ice caves include Eisriesenwelt, Austria the world s biggest and blue green Bandera, New Mexico.
Glacier caves are less stable, fluxing with the movement of the floe. However, Iceland has explorable ones M?rdalsj?kull, Skaftafell, around Vatnaj?kull or try Mendenhall Glacier Ice Caves in Juneau, Alaska.