12 Natural Ice Wonders

Awesome Natural Ice Wonders

Blue River, Greenland 1

Ice and snow are awesome on their own, but some ice wonders manage to take your breath away! They are unique, awesome and amazing at the same time. We have put together a list of the 12 most wondrous natural ice wonders of the world. Join us in finding out what these ice wonders are.

Curious to know what they are? Let’s check them out:

1. Crystal Cave, Iceland

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Crystal Cave is found in the Skaftafell national park, Iceland and it a monument of natural beauty. Ice beauty to be more specific. This amazing cave was formed after the Vatnajökull Glacier hit the Icelandic coastline. The 6,921 feet volcano managed to compress all of the air out of the ice, giving it this extraordinary texture.

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This type of crystal-blue takes hundreds of years to form. It is the result of compressed and frozen snow.

2. Frozen Wave, Antarctica

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Did you always dream of having an amazing super-power such as ice breath? Well if you did, you probably imagined how it would be like to freeze a wave… Well, here’s how it wold look. The frozen waves of Antarctica may seem like enormous waves frozen in the blink of an eye, but in fact, they are gigantic blocks of ice. This ice appears blue because it manages to absorb light from the red side of the spectrum and it reflects the blue light.

Frozen Wave, Antarctica 2

Many have speculated that these awesome blocks of ice are in fact frozen tsunami waves, but scientist Tony Travouillon at Dumont D’Urville, who took these pictures declared that this is just a phenomenon of blue ice. These amazing natural ice wonders were formed by compressed ice which has no air bubbles due to compression.

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3. Penitentes, Chile & Argentina

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Penitentes is also known as nieves penitentes (Spanish for “penitente-shaped snows”) and it’s a natural but awesome phenomenon that occurs to snow in very high altitudes. These ice/snow formations can be as tall as average humans, and they look like tall, thin and sharp blades pointed at the sun. They can even reach sizes of over 5 meters.

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4. Elephant-Foot Glacier, Greenland

Elephant-Foot Glacier, Greenland 1

If you’re thinking of going on a quest to photograph this unique glacier, you can find it on the north-east coast of Greenland (81° N).

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5. Blue River, Greenland

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If you’re looking to go kayaking in one of the most amazing scenery… try the blue river in Greenland a bit ironic, huh?) This natural blue river was formed by the melting process of the Petermann Glacier which gives the water an awesome baby blue color from the glacial silt.

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6. The Briksdal Glacier, Norway

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The Briksdal glacier, also knows as Briksdalsbreen is the best known arms of the Jostedalsbreen glacier. It is part of Jostedalsbreen National Park and it’s very easy to reach… well, easier than the rest of the arms. This amazing glacier continues itself with a small glacial lake named Briksdalsbrevatnet, which is 346 metres (1,135 ft) above sea level.

Briksdal Glacier, Norway 1

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7. Ice Towers of Mount Erebus, Antarctica

Ice Towers of Mount Erebus, Antarctica 2

Mount Erebus is a place where ice meets fire and the result are the amazing Ice Towers. Some towers measure an astounding 60 feet (20 meters) height and the volcanic steam freezes onto their inner parts, heightening them constantly.

Ice Towers of Mount Erebus, Antarctica 1

8. Glacier Waterfalls in Svalbard, Norway

Glacier Waterfalls in Svalbard, Norway 1

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Written with love and coolness by on January 21, 2013 in Awesome Stuff
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