Glacier Hiking in Iceland

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The Mission: Hike my first glacier in magical Iceland.

The Prep: 
You’ll want to make arrangements for this one in advance. I booked online for $177 USD which included hotel pick-up and drop-off and all the gear you’ll need, but no food or beverage.

The Gear:
Heat gear leggings
Hiking pants
Waterproof insulated jacket
Fleece lined hat
Gloves
Merino wool socks
Hiking boots

The Execution:
After a long night (and morning) of Brennivin (aka Black Death) drinking, we dragged our hungover selves on the bus for Solheimajokull glacier. Once at the glacier, we were offered waterproof pants (definitely necessary) and geared up with crampons and ice picks. The guides offered a lot of interesting facts about the history of the glacier and its formation and were extremely knowledgeable and eager to answer all of our questions, not only about the glacier, but also about their lives in Iceland. We saw waterfalls and crevasses and learned that the black ash all over the glacier was due to a recent volcanic eruption. The guides took us on a 3.5 hour exploration of the glacier before we headed back to the bus and toward our next stop. We made stops at Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls to explore and take some photos before heading back to the hotel. Overall, the trip lasted around 10 hours. An incredible and unique experience, that I imagine would be even more enjoyable not hungover!

 

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The Highlights:

  • Level of difficulty: moderate
  • Bring plenty of water and lunch.
  • Be prepared for any weather conditions- weather on the glacier can be much different from weather off the glacier- quite windy and possibly rainy.
  • Waterproof gloves will make your life way more comfortable.
  • Not recommended for people with balance issues.

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