When we think of caves, they usually conjure up different images in our heads, those darkness and bats, but also places of solace, refuge and solitude. In this list you’ll see both, and so much more. From colorful marble caves to newly discovered salt caves, and even caves so massive that they have their own ecosystems systems! These vast cavities have an alluring mystic to them, that has kept humans coming back to them since the beginning of our time on earth.
Read on as we explore the most captivating caverns that have been discovered thus far. You’ll see the largest, the longest and the deepest caves that exist, and we’re sure that at least one will be added to your next travel destination, or bucket list.
Experience the Ice Age in Eisriesenwelt
The Eisriesenwelt Ice Cave in Werfen, Austria is one of the most majestic caves you’ll ever set your eyes on. Extending 42 kilometers into the earth, this limestone ice cave is the largest of its kind, it’s no wonder it welcomes 200,000 tourists every year. The oldest layer of ice in the cave walls dates back as far as 1,000 years! Though this cave is huge, only the first kilometer of it is frozen and open to tourists. The rest of the cave consists mainly of limestone.
The ice formations were created from melted snow water that drained into the cave and froze. The structures remains icy even in the summer because the cave entrance is always open, leaving it exposed to cold wind that keep the temperature below freezing. In fact, new ice formations appear each spring, but as the water drips into the cave it freezes.