After our amazing road trip in Snaefellsnes Peninsula in the West Island, we headed to the South Coast for a fun glacier adventure. We enjoyed the amazing sights of the glaciers in Iceland everywhere we turned and we thought that the best way to enjoy them is to be upclose and personal with one of them.
We signed up for a glacier hike in Solheimajokull, the glacial tounge of Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland’s fourth largest ice cap. Snoozing beneath this ice cap is Katla, one of Iceland’s biggest volcanoes. Iceland is indeed a land of fire and ice!
We were provided with crampons and ice axe and we were all set to explore the ice field.
Although it was cloudy and raining on and off, we had great time exploring this wonderland of ice scuptures, glacial crevasses, ice caves and ice walls.
It started to get dark by 4:00 pm on a winter day and we had to leave the glacier before it got completely dark. Despite the rain and short day light, we had an amazing glacier experience and was one of the highlights of our time in Iceland.
- We booked this trip with Extreme Iceland but our guides were provided by Icelandic Mountain Guides. The guides were very professional and seasoned mountaineers and we recommend their services. Transport to the glacier, crampons and ice axe are included in the trip cost. It also included traditional Icelandic dinner at a farmhouse and norther light hunting,
- This activity is rated “easy.” However, we don’t consider it a walk in the park even though it was not our first time we wore crampons and walked on ice. We don’t recommend it for those with ankle or knee problem and to those with poor balance. There are some steep uphill and downhill strides that will be very challenging to tackle if you have one of these issues. We saw a woman with a bad knee and one that was not in so good shape; they struggled going up and down and had to hold on to their guides.
- This activity can be done all year round.