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That’s why it’s called Iceland! Beautiful cave walls glisten within the largest glacier in the country

That’s why it’s called Iceland! Beautiful cave walls glisten within the largest glacier in the country

  • Vatnajökull, Vatna Glacier in English, is Iceland’s largest glacier, covering eight percent of the country
  • Globsl travel photographer of the year James Rushforth, 33, from Worchester, took photos of the caves
  • During the last ice age, the ice cap was subject to seismic activity as large eruptions left water pockets
  • A cave system flows through the structure, leaving perfectly circular shapes in the walls of the glacier

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These breathtaking images from an award-winning photographer reveal a glacier so large that it covers eight percent of Iceland.

Vatnajökull, which translates to Vatna Glacier in English, is the largest ice sheet in the country and has beautiful walls of glistening ice in multiple rooms.

Worldwide travel photographer of the year James Rushforth, 33, from Worchester, UK, took his skis to capture the caves in the expanse of frozen water.

During the last Ice Age, the ice cap was subject to seismic activity, with large eruptions creating water pockets in the structure.

Under the glacier, several volcanoes quickly melted the ice, causing streams of water along the sides of the frozen mass.

The average thickness of the ice is 1,246 feet, and images show trails within the caves where ice walls rise high above the explorer.

In other areas, perfectly circular holes are formed in the side of the glacier. These lead through a number of rooms to the center.

Two explorers pose in large perfectly circular holes naturally created in Vatnajökull, which translates to Vatna Glacier in English. Iceland's largest ice sheet has beautiful multi-chamber walls of glittering ice in vast expanses of frozen water

Two explorers pose in large perfectly circular holes naturally created in Vatnajökull, which translates to Vatna Glacier in English. Iceland’s largest ice sheet has beautiful multi-chamber walls of glittering ice in vast expanses of frozen water

Worldwide travel photographer of the year James Rushforth, 33, from Worchester, UK, took his skis to capture the caves in the glacier. This image captured how ice formed around a water chamber after eruptions melted large areas of ice during an ice age

Worldwide travel photographer of the year James Rushforth, 33, from Worchester, UK, took his skis to capture the caves in the glacier. This image captured how ice formed around a water chamber after eruptions melted large areas of ice during an ice age

Worldwide travel photographer of the year James Rushforth, 33, from Worchester, UK, took his skis to capture the caves in the glacier. This image captured how ice formed around a water chamber after eruptions melted large areas of ice during an ice age

The images capture how the light in the caves reflects against the undulating walls. The different rooms all seem to have different sizes. It is wider than high. Ice skates are worn inside for easier travel on the ice floor as they explore the expanse of frozen water

The images capture how the light in the caves reflects against the undulating walls. The different rooms all seem to have different sizes. It is wider than high. Ice skates are worn inside for easier travel on the ice floor as they explore the expanse of frozen water

The images capture how the light in the caves reflects against the undulating walls. The different rooms all seem to have different sizes. It is wider than high. Ice skates are worn inside for easier travel on the ice floor as they explore the expanse of frozen water

During the last ice age, the ice cap was subject to seismic activity, with large eruptions creating water pockets in the structure

During the last ice age, the ice cap was subject to seismic activity, with large eruptions creating water pockets in the structure

Paths seem to have formed in the caves, which adventurers can follow to work their way through the structure of the glacier

Paths seem to have formed in the caves, which adventurers can follow to work their way through the structure of the glacier

During the last Ice Age, the ice cap was subject to seismic activity, with large eruptions creating water pockets in the structure. Paths seem to have formed in the caves, which adventurers can follow to make their way through the glacier

Mr. Rushforth caught the glare caused by the reflecting light on the glacial ice walls. Here, a member of his team donned skates to explore the cave system. Thousands of years ago, several volcanoes quickly melted the ice, causing streams of water along the sides of the frozen mass

Mr. Rushforth caught the glare caused by the reflecting light on the glacial ice walls. Here, a member of his team donned skates to explore the cave system. Thousands of years ago, several volcanoes quickly melted the ice, causing streams of water along the sides of the frozen mass

Mr. Rushforth caught the glare caused by the reflecting light on the glacial ice walls. Here, a member of his team donned skates to explore the cave system. Thousands of years ago, several volcanoes quickly melted the ice, causing streams of water along the sides of the frozen mass

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