If you’re going to do some sort of activity whilst in Iceland, go glacier hiking!
After our fantastic morning exploring Breiðamerkursandur and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, we got kitted out with crampons, helmets, and pick axes. We piled back into the mini bus and headed off to the Svínafellsjökull glacier.
The weather was still on our side and the sun was shining with barely a cloud in sight. The glacier had turned into a huge white plain because of the snow, only allowing for glimpses of the solid ice underneath. This actually made it easier to walk across as it provided more grip – but near impossible for the inexperienced to see where ground ended and a two metre drop began. This didn’t stop me happily stomping around with my crampons, my inner monologue chanting ”I LOVE HIKING!”
The best part of the day came when we walked through a glacier crevasse. One by one we made our way down the narrow gap between two walls of bright blue ice, feeling like a proper explorer! Once back out on the other side, the crevasse was barely noticeable—hidden under fluffy white snow.
I really enjoyed glacier hiking and would love to do it again during a different season. Having seen photos of Svínafellsjökull without any snow, I’m definitely going to plan another trip to visit this beautiful landscape again.
Two day South Coast & Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon minibus tour