The 6 Most Jaw-Droppingly Romantic Ice Caves in the World

In cold weather regions, beautifully otherworldy sights await the honeymooners intrepid enough to seek them. Snow-capped mountains, herds of waddling penguins, and glistening glaciers top the list. But perhaps even more gorgeous than the glaciers themselves, are the vast blue caves of ice formed inside them by the warm breath of mother earth melting and re-freezing the ice.

Ice caves are remarkable formations that make for stunning photos and unforgettable honeymoon adventures. We scoured the globe to find our favorites, and while Northern Europe definitely made the cut, we also have some world-class ice caves right here in the USA.

Mendenhall Ice Cave -- Juneau, Alaska

The Mendenhall Glacier, about fifteen minutes from Juneau, is twelve miles long and partially hollow inside. The hollow portion forms a surreal blue cave that visitors can adventure though, literally trekking through the center of the ice. Just getting to the cave is an adventure worthy of a love story legend: first, couples have to board a kayak and paddle across the water to the seemingly-endless icy landmass. From there, you'll disembark and begin a trek climbing over the top of the glacier until you reach an entrance to the alien-like caves. If it's warm enough, you might even find a crystal-clear river flowing under the ice.

Hiring a guide is recommended to make sure you stay safe. Climate change is melting the glacier fast, and a guide can make sure beforehand that the caves are secure before you make the journey.

Los Glaciares National Park -- Santa Cruz Province, Argentina

Tucked along the Andes mountains on the border with Chile, Argentina's Glaciers National Park is home to one of the world's most sought-after glaciers. Ice caves abound in this UNESCO World Heritage site, with rugged natural splendor, where visitors can find hikes ranging from easy walks to epic treks. With a vast network of ever-changing caves through some of the glaciers here, adventurers will never quite know what they'll find.

Nigardsbreen Glacier -- Luster, Norway

Nigardsbreen Ice Cave
https://fjordpeaks.com/2016/08/07/nigardsbreen-glacier-july-30-2016/

Hike for about an hour on skis or snowshoes to reach this Nordic glacier, and then behold a blue palace within the ice. These caves give you lots of terrain to explore, with blue light glowing through ice that surrounds you on all sides. The brilliant roofs are ringed with elegant swirling formations above jagged, crystalline walls and arches.

Mer de Glas Ice Cave -- Chamonix, France

Mer de Glas Caves
https://www.chamonix.com/montenvers-mer-de-glace,81,en.html

The French glacier known as Mer de Glas in unique in that it's extremely accessible for tourists. Its ice cave, although man-made, is a jaw-droppingly beautiful romantic sight you don't have to kayak, hike, ski, or snowshoe to get to. Carved out of the glacier, the advantage to being a creation made by human hands is that the inside can be decorated with ice sculptures, a "gallery of crystals," and other special nooks and crannies to explore. When you're done, you can even have a cocktail at the bar attached to the park! Visitors to Chamonix should make the caves at Mer de Glas a must-visit honeymoon day trip!

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve -- Copper Center, Alaska

Wrangell St. Elias Ice Caves
https://www.steliasguides.com/trips/ice-cave-exploration/

Tucked within Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve are two glaciers with incredible ice caves. You have to be an experienced hiker to reach them, and hire guides to help, but the ice caves you'll be rewarded with will take your breath away. If you're a badass enough couple to enjoy honeymoon activities you might have to train for, this is a must-do adventure on your Alaska getaway.

Vatnajökull Glacier -- Skaftafell, Iceland

Skaftafell Ice Caves
https://adventures.is/iceland/day-tours/ice-caves/into-the-glacier/

Iceland is an ice cave paradise, and Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in all of Europe. This glacier's unique cave formations make it an absolute treasure for adventurers looking for a hike unlike anything you can find anywhere else in the world. The most amazing thing about the ice caves in this glacier is that you don't have to be crazy fit, or a seasoned hiker, to be able to do them. The high level of accessibility and absolutely mesmerizing beauty of the caves make Vatnajökull  glacier one of our favorite overall picks.

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