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We’ve uncovering new deeps this week in our Friday Finds post, underground deeps where you never know what you’re going to find behind the next corner. Hard hats and head lamps everyone? Check. Let’s go caving.

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Vatnajökull National Park

Iceland

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Iceland is sure to have some great caves with such a dramatic landscape: volcanoes, geothermal hot springs, glaciers… Vatnajökull National Park is one of three national parks in Iceland and includes the Vatna Glacier, the largest in Europe, as well as this impressive glacier cave. The park is easiest visited in the summer months. Ice cave doesn’t suit you? Why not venture inside one of Iceland’s volcanoes?

Marble Cave

Chile

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It’s no surprise that this incredible marble-like cave is found in Chile’s Patagonia region, an area of the earth known for its stunning natural features. Head to the glacial Lake General Carrera, right on the border between Chile and Argentina. The Marble Caves including the Marble Chapel and Marble Cathedral are part of a very unusual geological formation formed by waves over 6,000+ years. While you’re in Chile, learn the Cueca!

Waitoomo Glowworm Cave

New Zealand 

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This is no urban legend, New Zealand actually has a Glowworm Cave, located on the North Island. This cave at Waitomo is famous for its Arachnocampa luminosa, essentially glowworms. When you visit the caves you can take a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto that goes right under the glowworms whose subtle glow imitates the night sky in complete darkness.

Cueva de los Cristales

Mexico

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Mexico’s Giant Crystal Cave is something to see, located 300m below Naica, in the province of Chihuahua in Mexico. The main chamber, pictured above, features some of the biggest crystals ever found including one that is 12m long and 4m in diameter weighing approximately 55 tons. The only downside is that the cave temperature is extremely hot, 58° C hot so you need the proper equipment to go down into the chambers.

Have you explored any caves? Which ones? Which of these would you like to see in person?

#fridayfinds is a bi-weekly feature on the Traveller’s Blog. We collect some inspiring photos from around the web and match them up with some great travel tips and ideas. Choose your favourite and tell us about it! Want to recommend a theme? Leave us a comment.

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2 responses to “#fridayfinds: world’s most beautiful caves

  1. Regarding the ice caves in Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland: It is best to visit them in the winter for two reasons: safety and beauty. In the period January-March the ice is blue due to less surface melting while in the summer the surface is white and blocks of ice can collapse in the caves.

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