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Unbelievable ice caves, from Switzerland to Siberia

It is easy to grumble about brutally cold winter weather.

But why not embrace the upside of chilly temperatures, such as dazzling ice caves? From an artificial cave in France to ones with pristine ice crystals in Siberia, here are nine unbelievable ice caves that are worth a visit to a kingdom of cold.

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    Vatnajokull National Park, Skaftafell, Iceland

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    Vatnajökull contains one of the largest glaciers in the world, along with numerous ice caves. For safety reasons, small group tours, reserved in advance through independent operators, are the best way to the ice caves in Vatnajökull, also known as Crystal Caves.

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    Eisriesenwelt, Werfen, Austria

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    Open May-October, to prepare for approximately an hour touring one of the world’s largest ice caves, a maze of icicle-laden rooms and corridors. Since the cave is accessible for a range of fitness levels, adventurers can spice it up by walking and cycling on a cable car to the Alps cave.

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    Ice Pavillion, Mittelallalin, Switzerland

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    A long, lighted tunnel leads to this network of caves, whose size rivals Eisriesenwelt in Austria. Perhaps even more amazing than the natural ice formations are the ice sculptures scattered throughout.

    After the warm-up on the world’s highest revolving restaurant, because hey, how often can you combine both?

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    The Los Glaciares National Park In Argentina

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    This UNESCO World Heritage site in the Andes is a popular tourist destination, especially the Perito Moreno glacier, thanks to the accessibility and adventure tour options. Because it is just a two hour drive with the bus from El Calafate, many tour companies offer glacier treks, but you must arrange a boat trip to spy the sea ice caves.

    Discover more beautiful ice caves all over the world.

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