Thursday, March 22, 2007

Searching for Ice in Sweden

A few years ago I met some Swedes in Norway who told me about some amazing ice in abandoned mines in Sweden. It sounded cool, climbing ice underground... Now I'm here with my Norwegian friend, Andreas Spak, chasing around in mines looking for ice. Of course, this has been the warmest winter in history in Sweden, but the idea is that the mines hold the cold and the ice like giant refrigerators. We've seen some ice and a lot of dark holes in the ground, very strange to gear up in the Swedish spring and then drop into the dark and find glittering ice... Not much time to report on it all, but it sure is interesting and a crazy change from Australian summer just a week ago!



Viljar said...

Nice to read about the iced up caves in Sweden. I live nearby (Estonia) and there is a slight possibility of sometimes finding myself in sweden. Could you be a little bit more specific about the location of those caves or is it a secret?
May be next season I will try to do some cave-ice climbing.

hasan said...

wow, theres polar caves in new hampshire, usa which have ice year round but they dont allow anyone to climb in them...