British photographer Robbie Shone explores beautiful ice caves in a Swiss glacier

1. British adventure photographer Robbie Shone descended into the Gorner Glacier near Zermatt in Switzerland to capture spectacular pictures of ice caves.

British photographer Robbie Shone explores beautiful ice caves in a Swiss glacier

2. Robbie said: “It was extremely spectacular. This was the first time I’d been in an ice cave and they were absolutely beautiful.

British photographer Robbie Shone explores beautiful ice caves in a Swiss glacier

3. “Ice caves are more impressive than ‘normal’ caves – they offer a completely different challenge.

British photographer Robbie Shone explores beautiful ice caves in a Swiss glacier

4. Robbie and a team of seven others descended into moulins – vertical shafts in the glacier – to map, photograph and survey the caves.

British photographer Robbie Shone explores beautiful ice caves in a Swiss glacier

5. “We were the first group to map these moulins and because the glaciers move around 15 metres a year – they change every year.

British photographer Robbie Shone explores beautiful ice caves in a Swiss glacier

6. “We were camping for six days and because of the heavy snow we spent two days digging a path down to the glacier.

British photographer Robbie Shone explores beautiful ice caves in a Swiss glacier

7. “The trip was a complete success and will help researchers get a better understanding of glaciers’ rate of melting.”

British photographer Robbie Shone explores beautiful ice caves in a Swiss glacier

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British photographer Robbie Shone explores beautiful ice caves in a Swiss glacier

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British photographer Robbie Shone explores beautiful ice caves in a Swiss glacier