After visiting the volcano we made the short hike to the ice cave.
The ice cave is located in a collapsed lava tube. There were several steps to get there.
We saw beautiful colored lichens on the way down.
This cave is really interesting. The temperature never gets above 31 degrees! The floor is approximately 20 feet deep.
This isn't the type of cave you walk into and explore. As we were walking down to the plateform the air was getting considerably cooler. The deepest ice is the oldest and dates back to 1100 AD.
The green tint is caused by an Arctic algae.
The ice was “harvested” in 30s and 40s to chill the beer that was served in the Saloon of the Ice Cave Trading Post.
The ice cave was a great ending to our day.
Next time: To The Bat Cave!