Kristin Thompson exits an ice cave through a jumble of ice blocks at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Kristin Thompson exits an ice cave through a jumble of ice blocks at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Stunning photos of the ice caves at the Mendenhall Glacier

A winter wonderland of ice.

The frozen Mendenhall Lake makes for easy access to a winter wonderland of ice.


• Contact staff photographer Michael Penn at 523-2262 and mpenn@juneauempire.com. Follow our Instagram at @Juneau.Life.


Paul Rodriquez rides his bake back from the Mendenhall Glacier after taking pictures with a drone on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. Rodriquez has started a drone photography business called DynaHover. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Paul Rodriquez rides his bake back from the Mendenhall Glacier after taking pictures with a drone on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. Rodriquez has started a drone photography business called DynaHover. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

A bicyclist rides across Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

A bicyclist rides across Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Robert Luna, right, and Stephanie Garren take a day off from their Coast Guard jobs to enjoy the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Robert Luna, right, and Stephanie Garren take a day off from their Coast Guard jobs to enjoy the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sam Post, left, and Lydia Steele ski back from a visit to the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sam Post, left, and Lydia Steele ski back from a visit to the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

People walk to and from the Mendenhall Glacier on the frozen Mendenhall Lake on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

People walk to and from the Mendenhall Glacier on the frozen Mendenhall Lake on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Salmon Thompson makes his way through a jumble of ice block at the entrance of an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Salmon Thompson makes his way through a jumble of ice block at the entrance of an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Salmon Thompson makes his way through a jumble of ice block at the entrance of an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Salmon Thompson makes his way through a jumble of ice block at the entrance of an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alexia Keifer and her son, DJ, 8, explore an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alexia Keifer and her son, DJ, 8, explore an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Interior views of an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Interior views of an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Interior views of an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Interior views of an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alexia Keifer and her son, DJ, 8, explore an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alexia Keifer and her son, DJ, 8, explore an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Interior views of an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Interior views of an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Shawn Lovell explores an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Shawn Lovell explores an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Interior views of an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Interior views of an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Interior views of an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Interior views of an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Interior views of an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Interior views of an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Helen Rice and her husband, Jason Writesel, visiting from Ohio, explore an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Helen Rice and her husband, Jason Writesel, visiting from Ohio, explore an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Helen Rice and her husband, Jason Writesel, visiting from Ohio, explore the ice at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Helen Rice and her husband, Jason Writesel, visiting from Ohio, explore the ice at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Explorers scamper over an icy patch on the way to an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Explorers scamper over an icy patch on the way to an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

The face of the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

The face of the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

An ice skaters tracks left in the snow on Mendenhall Lake on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

An ice skaters tracks left in the snow on Mendenhall Lake on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

The frozen Nugget Falls flows into Mendenhall Lake on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

The frozen Nugget Falls flows into Mendenhall Lake on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alexia Keifer pulls her son, DJ, 8, after a day exploring at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alexia Keifer pulls her son, DJ, 8, after a day exploring at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Julie York Coppens and her playful dog, Simeo, returns with Tai Kim, right, from a trip to the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Julie York Coppens and her playful dog, Simeo, returns with Tai Kim, right, from a trip to the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Greg Cook, with his dog, Hibou, and Dr. John Connolly relax in the sun while out skiing at Mendenhall Lake on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Greg Cook, with his dog, Hibou, and Dr. John Connolly relax in the sun while out skiing at Mendenhall Lake on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

People gather outside the entrance to an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

People gather outside the entrance to an ice cave at the Mendenhall Glacier on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

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