The very first thing we did in Iceland was the glacier trek. In general seeing a glacier was probably what we were most excited for about Iceland, neither of us had seen one before.
Getting geared up to head over to the Glacier.
Now we’ve got our helmets, ice axe, and crampons. We are ready!
Our first real view of the glacier. It is so blue and pretty!
It started to rain on us at about this point. It continued to rain on us for about the next 4 hours or so until we got back to the bus! Thank goodness we had already bought our waterproof jackets for Mt. Hood.
And our jackets have helmet compatible hoods! lol.
The contrast between the black volcanic rocks, blue glacier, and white snow was so pretty!
Putting on our crampons and about to head up there!
You can see another group of people already on the ice. This gives you an idea of how huge the glacier is.
Standing on a glacier!
I never know how to pose with an ice axe in pictures lol. I need to work on this.
We had no luck with any sun that day. Fortunately it still looked really pretty regardless.
Shortly after this picture a guy in our group stepped off the path and fell through some softer snow about up to his waist. The guides freaked out and yelled at him. They claimed that they had made it clear to us how dangerous it was not to follow perfectly behind the person in front of you. To be fair to this guy, this was something Jeb and I knew just from outside information about glaciers and mountaineering, but we did not feel like the guides had really made this clear to us at all. So we felt like they were unjustified for yelling at him so harshly. But I do understand they want people to be safe and if you wander off the safe path that the guides are leading you could fall through a snow bridge and into a crevasse. Regardless of who was at fault here, I was just glad not to be the guy that was soaking wet and freezing for the next several hours!
This picture really shows how blue it was!
The weather just kept getting worse as the day went on!
You would not want to fall into there!
In front of the ice tunnel.
Looking through the ice tunnel. So neat how this forms into the glacier.
Walking on a glacier was really awesome! There really is nothing else quite like this experience!