There are a number of unique caving experiences across Iceland but most pale in comparison to Búri, an immense, tubular cave created by irregularly cooled magma.
Discovered fairly recently in 2005, the Búri lava tunnel is thought to be one of the most significant discoveries of its kind in the last 1,000 years due to its size and its one-of-a-kind formations.
The tunnel runs over half a mile underground and at its largest point the cavern’s size checks in at 32 feet tall and 32 feet wide. One of the most remarkable aspects of the long cave is that at some point it was full of rushing magma.
The structure formed when the lava on the edges of the flow cooled much faster than the interior plasma, creating a solid tube while the excess lava drained out the end.
There is still a 56-foot lava fall (read: hole) at the end of the tunnel marking where the lava drained out.
In addition to the rocky tube itself, due to the chilly climate within the stone, huge, bulbous icicles form in both stalactite and stalagmite formations.
Despite being forged in fire, it may be these ice formations that Búri is best known for.
Photographer Sigurdur William camped out at the edge of the Kerid volcanic crater lake in Iceland where he captured this unusual view of the Northern lights and stars reflected on the water’s surface.
Located in southern Iceland the Kerid is one of many crater lakes in the area that are frequented by locals and tourists alike, some of who visit through Sigurdur William’s photography tour business Arctic Shots.
Australian photographer William Patino’s short time in the photography world has made a big impact.
The young artist, who currently resides in Wollongong, Australia, began to pursue photography in 2012 and hasn’t looked back since.
After working as a tradesman for over 8 years, the shift in careers was drastic, yet Patino hit the ground running and has managed to build a name for himself in the industry, working for various clients including Tourism Australia, Flight Centre, and Apple.
Recently, Patino took a 10-day journey to explore Iceland, and was blown away by the rugged beauty of the country’s natural landscape.
The trip refreshed the young artist, as he wandered the country and captured some stunning images of the awe-inspiring natural beauty of our earth.
Given it’s size, Iceland had a fairly low density of people, with a population of just over 300,000.
Known for it’s dramatic volcanoes, geysers, and hot springs, the country has an untouched and raw quality that Patino’s landscape shots accurately portray.
Photographer Sarah Bethea‘s love for nature and adventure started at a young age.
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, she would spend weekends skiing at Mt. Hood with her family.
Over time, she also grew to love photography and has combined both passions, in an effort to send a message about the fragility of our planet. This has led her to travel far and wide, but nothing has attracted her more than the arctic climate of Iceland.
While there, she spent time in incredible ice caves located on the southern coast and came home with some inspiring imagery.
Iceland’s glacier ice caves are formed within blocks of ice and are visitable during the winter season. Bethea made two journeys to visit them, with decidedly different experiences.
As the ice caves are fairly accessible by car and require just a half hour of walking on the glacier to arrive, they are a popular tourist attraction.
Bethea got lucky on her first trip. It was December and she had the caves all to herself.
She took advantage of the situation and the lighting produced at that time of the year to take one of her most memorable photographs.
“Although it was mid-day, it was December and the days were short and the sun stayed low on the horizon,” Bethea shares with My Modern Met. “For five minutes or so, the sun lined up just right with the cave entrance, and the ice was lit up to look like amber.”The striking image of er model reaching out and touching the amber-tinted ice is a revelation.
Los Angeles-based entrepreneur, adventurer, and photography enthusiast Eva Ho recently returned from a camping trip to Iceland, where she documented the unbelievable beauty of the Land of Fire and Ice in a series of stunning photos. “
A true miracle of nature,” Ho says of the Nordic island country, “diverse, colorful, unpredictable at every turn.”
It’s astounding that so many natural wonders could exist in one place, but Iceland has them all, from thundering waterfalls, to smoldering volcanos and ice-blue glacial caves, to sky-high cliffs and river deltas that snake over the terrain like colorful veins, when viewed from above.
Ho, who braved the outdoors and took pre-dawn hikes to capture many of her incredible vistas, visually reinforces that the stark, surreal beauty of Iceland is a photographer’s dream come true.