For world travelers and thrill seekers the mere mention of Kamchatka, Skaftafell, Dobšinská, and Mýrdalsjökull elicits gasps and instant recognition that you are a true connoisseur of adventure travel.
For those mesmerized by west coast nature and relish every opportunity to source (and be the first to enjoy) an unspoiled local wonder, grab an LV Speedy and pack lightly for you are not going far! Free up six hours of your schedule and pack light – regular ski wear, a bathing suit, a camera and tripod, sun protection, and a hat – and be prepared to experience breathtaking enchantment 90 minutes away from Vancouver under the direction of the highly trained staff of Head-Line Mountain Holidays.
Guests enjoying the ‘Heli Ice Cave and Hot Spring’ adventure depart Whistler by helicopter in groups of 1 to 4 persons, and fly over Canada’s southernmost ice fields to explore a labyrinth of ice caves on the largest, southern most temperate latitude Ice Cap in the world.
Once inside, these natural ice sculptures, ice flows, and gentle slides will transport guests from one intense grand hall to the next. There are roughly 320-square-metres that make up the ice cap in which the ice caves exist. Head-Line’s President and CEO Doug Washer, and his team of guides and glaciologists constantly monitor the ice.
“We frequent these ice caves year round, both with guests, students and by ourselves to access and records changes to the ice fields and the ice cap itself. This provides us with the insights we need to define our access points and areas of greatest interest for our guests.”
What makes the densely packed underground glacial ice formations stun with vibrant intense shades of blue? The lack of air bubbles. Walking into and standing in the ice caves is said to be akin to experiencing the aurora borealis dancing in the darkest night skies of Iceland.
From the caves, continue the journey by helicopter to the splendor of a thermal natural bath in a remote hot spring, replete with gourmet lunch courtesy a private chef. Along the way, wildlife viewing is exceptional, with sightings of grizzly and black bears, cougars, hares, mountain goats, marmots, eagles, and hawks, all common.
While ice may be cold and harsh, it can be incredibly beautiful, and well worth the sacrifice of an afternoon. This Head-Line mountain wilderness experience starts at $3,975 per person with upgrades available including aerial and cinematography packages, wilderness spa with massage therapists, extended scenic flight and wildlife viewing, and landing on the incredible Tuya Top Volcano. Exclusive, natural, private, and serene.
Images by Marc Dionne for Head-Line Mountain Holidays