Top 10 Places to See Amazing Ice Caves

Top 10 Places to See Amazing Ice Caves

If you want some proper winter fun, consider visiting the ice caves. They are found in not so many places. There must be a glacier, that would feature a thick layer of ice. We have picked ten places where you could see the most beautiful ice caves in the world.

10. Chamonix, France

Chamonix is a mecca of some proper winter fun. Beautiful ice cave of Mer de Glace features exciting ice show – from ice sculptures to color-changing lights. It can be reached via a cable car ride, which is an entertainment in its own right.

Why to go there?

It is a man-made ice cave, which is an interesting fact and a rare exception on this list.

France-Photo by Jonathan Griffith

Photo by Jonathan Griffith

France-Photo by Cedric Fiorentino

Photo by Cedric Fiorentino


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9. Drummond Glacier, the Antarctic Peninsula

Found in remote land of eternal cold, west of Graham Land, Drummond Glacier is named after Sir Jack C. Drummond, who has led many expeditions to the region as well as the site. The site is accessible for the true explorers, who opt for a challenge of a lifetime.

Why to go there?

If you are willing to test yourself and are determined to visit Antarctica, you can find your way in on an expedition. Most of them take off from South America – Chile or Argentina.


Photo by Unknown

Antarctica-Photo by Chadden Hunter

Photo by Chadden Hunter

Antarctica-Photo by Jamie Scarrow

Photo by Jamie Scarrow

8. Patagonian Glacier Ice Cave, Argentina

It is said that Southern Patagonia Andes look just like the last Ice Age 10 000 years ago. The ancient glacier is beautiful inside out. The Patagonia Ice Trail therefore is a popular tourist destination, allowing to explore and admire the glacier and the ice caves.

Why to go there?

Hiking tours are available with an experienced guide, who will get to the best places around.


Photo by Unknown


Photo by Unknown

Patagonia-Photo by Adam Gibbs

Photo by Adam Gibbs

7. Switzerland

The ice pavilion in Ice Grotto of Mittelallalin, found in Fairy Glacier, hides ice, that is thousands of years old. Located at an altitude of 3,500 m it also has an ice gallery of the ice sculptures. Ice Grotto provides with an interesting interactive experience. Meanwhile the Gorner Glacier near Zermatt attracts climbers and adventurers.

Why to go there?

Besides the pavilion, Mittelallalin is a popular ski resort and has a revolving restaurant with amazing panoramic views.

Switzerland-Photo by Robbie Shone

Photo by Robbie Shone

Switzerland-Photo by Robbie Shone2

Photo by Robbie Shone

Switzerland-Photo by Robbie Shone3

Photo by Robbie Shone

Switzerland-Photo by Robbie Shone4

Photo by Robbie Shone

6. Seattle, USA

In the surroundings of beautiful Mount Rainier there are Big Four Ice Caves. Located in the Cascade Range of Washington they attract a lot of tourists. On a hiking trail visitors get to admire unspoiled nature. Also the caves in Paradise Glacier around Mount Rainier are no less impressive.

Why to go there?

There are many ice caves in the area, which itself is also beautiful to explore.

Seattle-Photo by Michael Matti

Photo by Michael Matti

Seattle-Photo by Mukul Soman

Photo by Mukul Soman

James Kuhn, left, of Seattle, and Edward Mitchell, of Detroit, explore an ice cave at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on Lake Superior, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, near Bayfield, Wis. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune) ORG XMIT: ILCHT101

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5. Sandy Glacier in Mt. Hood, Oregon, USA

Posited in an elevation of 8,800 to 6,000 feet (2,700 to 1,800 m), the glacier is engraved with a system of caves. The glacier however is melting and scientists predict that it will completely disappear in 7 to 10 years.

Why to go there?

Explore the beautiful surroundings of Mount Hood, which might be a still active volcano. The caves are melting, so it might be the last chance to visit them.


Photo by Unknown


Photo by Unknown

Sandy-Photo by OPB

Photo by OPB

Sandy-Photo by photoguth

Photo by photoguth

4. Alaska, USA

19 km long glacier hides some of the most stunning ice caves underneath. The caves are unique for the melting ice, which forms springs, that add up extra beauty to the caves. Also you can go there at any time of the year, since the place does not experience dramatic weather changes.

Why to go there?

Mendenhall Glacier is one of the most popular attractions in Alaska and a very accessible glacier.

Alaska-Photo by Caters News Agency

Photo by Caters News Agency

Alaska-Photo by Kent Mearig

Photo by Kent Mearig

Alaska-Photo by Daniel Fox

Photo by Daniel Fox


Photo by Unknown

3. Kamchatka, Russia

The region is known for rough climate, but also the most amazing unspoiled nature. Surrounded with active volcanoes on the surface, the ice cave is of breathtaking beauty. The ice is so thin, that when sun illuminates, it shimmers multicolor lights.

Why to go there?

Kamchatka is a truly unique and remote place. It is a desirable place to visit by the adventurers, who set it as a challenge.


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Photo by Florian Wizarek

Russia-Photo by Denis Budkov

Photo by Denis Budkov

Russia-Photo by Florian Wizorak

Photo by Florian Wizorak

2. Canadian Rockies, Canada

This is another land of eternal snow and ice. In places like Booming Ice Chasm, the ice caves can be even dangerous and accessible for the professionals only. The ice is crystal clear and the cave has amazing acoustics. Only professionals should climb these icy walls, though, because the slightest mistake would send them sliding into the wall.

Why to go there?

There are various caves and most of them are easily accessible.

Canada-Photo by Caters News Agency

Photo by Caters News Agency

Canada-Photo by Michael Anderson

Photo by Michael Anderson

Canada-Photo by Paul Zizka

Photo by Paul Zizka

Canada-Photo by Paul Zizka2

Photo by Paul Zizka

Canada-Photo by Paul Zizka3

Photo by Paul Zizka

1. Iceland

Mýrdalsjökull Glacier Ice Cave, Vatnajökull and Skaftafell are the best places to go see the ice caves. Ice is thick, but also crystal clear. The shapes and tunnels are breathtaking and one really might feel as if it was the land of the Queen of ice.

Why to go there?

Guided tours are available in the parks, allowing to safely explore the caves, which might be a dangerous activity.

Iceland-Photo by Elnar Runar Sigurdsson

Photo by Elnar Runar Sigurdsson


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Iceland-Photo by Joel Santos

Photo by Joel Santos

Iceland-Photo by Mark McColl

Photo by Mark McColl

Iceland-Photo by Ton Anderson

Photo by Ton Anderson

Iceland-Photo by Skarphéðinn Þráinsson

Photo by Skarphéðinn Þráinsson