Brrrrr-illiant! stunning photos show amazing ice grottoes

By Kristiana Hall


These captivating images show a series of stunning ice grottoes.

Taken by Alexander Ippolitov, 37, the photos capture the blues and silvers of the sub-zero caves with their knife-like icicles.

PIC FROM Alexander Ippolitov/Caters News

The photos, taken earlier this year, show a network of caves on the shores of a frozen lake near Olkhon Island in Eastern Siberia.

Incredibly, the grottos are formed by sea water freezing following storms, resulting in a unique pattern effect due to the salt.

Alexander, an amateur photographer said: “I love this island, especially in the winter.

PIC FROM Alexander Ippolitov/Caters News – (PICTURED: The ice grottoes that form at Baikal lake near Olkhon island. Pictured is Alexanders friends and their children posing next to one of the grottoes. PIC TAKEN ON 23/02/19)

“It is so beautiful and it’s a perfect place for photographers.

“When the water freezes there are usually a lot of storms too.

PIC FROM Alexander Ippolitov/Caters News – (PICTURED: The ice grottoes that form at Baikal lake near Olkhon island. PIC TAKEN ON 23/02/19)

“This results in all the rocky shores being covered by very picturesque ice.”

Alexander trekked to the cave with his wife, who is also captured in a number of the awesome images.

PIC FROM Alexander Ippolitov/Caters News – (PICTURED: The ice grottoes that form at Baikal lake near Olkhon island. PIC TAKEN ON 23/02/19)

He added: “Depending on the time of the day and light, this ice has different colours which are especially beautiful at sunrise and sunset.

“There are also many so-called ice grottoes.

“Some are so big that you can walk there stood at full height.”