5 Really Cool Caves and Caverns You Have to See
Whether you are a sightseer, lover of all things nature, or just a fan of great caves and caverns, this list will give you something to whet your appetite. You can visit some really cool caves here in the United States, or you can hop on a plane to a place like Cave of the Ghost in Venezuela. Either way you are sure to be pleased with what you see and will have a story to tell that most people will never be able to! So check out these 5 really cool caves and caverns from around the world.
Skaftafell Ice Cave – Skaftafell, Iceland
This particular cave is located on the frozen lagoon of the Svínafellsjökull glacier in Skaftafell, Iceland. The centuries old ice coming down the slopes of Öræfajökull via Svínafellsjökull glacier has metamorphosed into highly pressurized glacier ice that contains almost no air bubbles. The lack of air means that it absorbs almost all visible light, apart from the blue fraction which is then visible to the naked eye. However, this blue ice can be seen only under certain circumstances. It can be seen in winter after long periods of rain when the surface layer of the glacier has been washed away. It can be seen in ice-caves like this one and on floating icebergs that have recently rolled over. Read more here.
Onondaga Cave – Missouri
Descend into the depths of Onondaga Cave State Park and drop into a world of wonder: towering stalagmites, dripping stalactites, and active flowstones help make the cave a National Natural Landmark and illustrate why Missouri is often called “The Cave State.” Visitors can take guided tours into the underground wonderland. But if you prefer the surface, the park’s Vilander Bluff Natural Area provides a panoramic view of the Meramec River. Easy access to the Meramec River allows visitors to canoe or fish in a peaceful and scenic setting. Read more here.
Blue Grotto – Capri, Italy
The Blue Grotto is a natural sea cave, 60 meters long and 25 meters wide . The cave mouth is two meters wide but only roughly a meter high, so to enter visitors must board small rowboats which transport a maximum of four passengers. The skipper will have you lay back along the bottom of the boat while he guides you through the opening using a metal chain attached to the cave walls. Read more here.
Luray Caverns – Virginia
Deep beneath Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, this U.S. Natural Landmark is the largest and most popular caverns in Eastern America. From well-lighted paved walkways explore cathedral-sized rooms with ceilings 10 stories high, filled with towering stone columns and crystal-clear pools. And experience the haunting sounds of the world’s only Stalacpipe Organ. Luray Caverns is open every day of the year. Read more here.
Cave of the Ghost – Venezuela
Cueva del Fantasma (“Cave of the Ghost” in Spanish) is a giant cave in southern Venezuela, located in one of the most biologically rich, geologically ancient parts of the world, along the slopes of Aprada-tepui. Large enough for two helicopters to land in the cave, the report from Zootaxa is said to be the first photographic evidence of such an immense cave. However, experts note, it is not technically a cave, but rather a collapsed, steep gorge. Read more here.