You will regret all your life if you don’t visit The Mendenhall Ice Caves Before They Melt. See this if you don’t believe me!

These, dear friends, are the Mendenhall ice caves in Alaska. They exist only because a glacier is melting-- and as you can guess, glaciers don't keep on melting forever.
Over the past year, researchers have noticed strange ancient trees standing upright in the ice caves. Turns out that as it recedes, the glacier is unearthing forests which have been frozen for the last 1,000 years or so.
Explore these stellar havens for yourself on a trip to Alaska, or take a virtual journey with us on this icy Travel Tuesday.

On a real-life tour, hikers who enter the caves must understand the risk of falling ice, which can break off in chunks as big as refrigerators.

Because of the glacier's melting and movement, the size and color of the caves changes rapidly-- caverns have shrunk to as little as a third of their original size in a single year and changed color from deep turquoise to a lighter, dirtier blue.


Climbers rappelling within glacier, Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska, USA

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Climber ascending ice cave,Alaska, USA

Don't be shy! Come on in for a video tour!

Though it's alarming to think such a natural wonder is melting away, the process does have some rather cool side effects.

In the 1930s, for example, the glacial runoff started pooling together. The beautiful body of water now known asMendenhall Lake has been growing more majestic ever since.

Glacial meltwater pond on Mendenhall Glacier.

Mendenhall Glacier,Juneau, Alaska

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You can even get married there, if you're feeling the vibes.

Diane Pearson performs the wedding on the Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest. A couple who met on the internet decided to be married in this unusual way. Diane Pearson of Pearson's Pond Spa and Inn arranges weddings and the tourists are transported by helicopter onto the glacier. Anna Hall and John Bohach from California, strapped on crampons with their formal attire and were married on the first sunny day in Juneau in three weeks. A video camera records the ceremony. The cake and champagne sit on the table for the celebration.

The couple kisses over champagne after their wedding on the Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest. A couple who met on the internet decided to be married in this unusual way. Diane Pearson of Pearson's Pond Spa and Inn arranges weddings and the tourists are transported by helicopter onto the glacier. Anna Hall and John Bohach from California, strapped on crampons with their formal attire and were married on the first sunny day in Juneau in three weeks.

After unloading from the helicopter, the couple put on crampons to trek across the ice for the wedding ceremony on the Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest. A couple who met on the internet decided to be married in this unusual way. Diane Pearson of Pearson's Pond Luxury Spa and Inn arranges weddings and the tourists are transported by helicopter onto the glacier. Anna Hall and John Bohach from California, strapped on crampons with their formal attire and were married on the first sunny day in Juneau in three weeks.

Till your melty death do us part, Mendenhall glacier.

Sunset over frozen lake. Alaska

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