Once at Sólheimajökull glacier, we were given our harnesses, helmets and crampons. After a 15 minute hike, we reached the base of the glacier...
Along with volcanoes, hot springs, and a bucket-load of black sand, glaciers are one of Iceland’s must-see natural wonders. The best way to do that is by buckling on your crampons and venturing out on a glacier walk tour. Not only that, but Icelandic Mountain Guides offer this popular tour with the option of ice climbing. So if you’ve ever dreamed of scaling a wall of ice, here’s your chance.
One of the great things about this tour is that you get to stop briefly at two of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Depending on the light and weather conditions, you may stop at the falls before or after visiting the glacier. If you go before, try not to get too wet. Trust me, wearing damp clothes whilst stood on what’s essentially a massive ice cube is not a good idea.
Walking with crampons is bizarre at first. You have to sort of stomp around so that the spikes dig into the ice and you don’t slip over. Again, they teach you everything, and before you know it you’re harnessed up, ice picks in hand, ready to ascend. You get into a rhythm –hand, hand, foot, foot– swinging the picks into the ice and kicking in your crampons.
It's the kind of glacier trip that will turn even a complete noob into a surefooted mountain goat, and the view is breathtaking.
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