Check Out the Stunning Photos of a Rare Moment When Ice Cave is Illuminated By Setting Sun in Iceland

It’s not often that nature doesn’t surprise me, and this instance of rare beauty is no exception. One of the most majestic and natural occurrences on the planet can be seen by taking a glimpse at these photos. If you enjoy them as much as we did, please be sure to share the magic with others.

This is the incredibly rare moment that an ice cave can be seen glowing in the golden light of the setting sun just as it aligned with the entrance of the crevice.

The amazing images were taken at the exact minute the sun set over the entrance to the glacier in Iceland – a phenomenon that only occurs once or twice in a year.

23-year-old photographer Sarah Bethea was lucky enough to capture the moment the walls looked as if they were on fire, bathed in golden light.

“For five minutes or so, the sun lined up just right with the cave entrance, and the ice was lit up to look like amber,” says Bethea. “We were exploring an ice cave tunnel and the sun didn’t rise far above the horizon, giving a beautiful golden light throughout the short daylight hours.

“The whole phenomenon lasted perhaps five or ten minutes, and it was a total surprise,” she added. “I have seen some beautiful light conditions in ice caves at other times, but nothing quite like that.”

The caves, which are located in southern Iceland, are famed for their solitude.

Bethea, who is from Oregon, added: “I think it’s wonderful if people see my photos and are inspired to get outside and see these places for themselves, but first and foremost I hope to connect people with nature, and show them that these places are worth saving.”

In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light. – Hans Hofmann

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. – John Muir

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive. – Eleonora Duse