Iceland Scouting Trip – Svinafellsjokull Glacier

By Scott Isom

Walked on the Svinafellsjokull Glacier this morning and it was fascinating and visually captivating!

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This is an optional excursion that we are considering offering on the 2019 Icelandic Northern Lights Adventure, and it was awesome!

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The massive Vatnajokull Glacier is the largest in Europe and it takes up a significant portion of southeastern Iceland.

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Several sub-glaciers emerge off of Vatnajokull, and Svinafellsjokull is one of a few that you can take a guided walk upon.

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With our guide Deiter, we donned crampons and grabbed our ice axes as we embarked on about a 2-hour journey on the ice, in what was an easier than expected activity.

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Most of our travelers would be able to handle this activity as the crampons allow you to walk on the slick ice with no real problem.

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Witnessing a massive river of ice on foot is a special treat, and this was especially so today as we not only savored a glorious sunrise over the frozen terrain, but also had the chance to descend on foot into a crevasse to see the densely packed clear blue ice up close and personal.

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Our day continued with a bit more adventure in the afternoon as we braved some stiff wind gusts (up to 70 mph) at Dyrholaey, an impressive promontory that juts out into the north Atlantic, boasting a sizable rock arch and jet black sand beaches.

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Such a treat to see this wintertime wonder without anyone else around! Another full day of scouting in incredible Iceland!

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We have over 50 travelers signed up for the Icelandic Northern Lights 2019 tour and may offer 2 departures in January and February of 2019. View details for Icelandic Northern Lights 2019.