A day on Skaftafell Glacier.

I can’t guarantee this will be my last post about Iceland, but I am trying to refrain. I had a spare moment today, though, to relive one of mine and Jenny’s favorite moments from our week over there: the Skaftafell Glacier hike.

I booked online a few weeks ahead of time (recommended, especially in warmer months) with Glacier Guides, and they were awesome! The provide a lot of the gear you need (crampons, harness, and the like), and you can rent other things from them that you may not have (waterproof pants, boots, jacket, etc.). The whole process was nice and easy, and our guide Magnús was knowledgeable and entertaining. He is an avid skier, so we geeked out on that for a while, too.

The photos pretty much speak for themselves, from the school bus ride over (they bought the school buses from the USA because they don’t use such things in Iceland!) to the gearing up, to the hike in and out. We did a half day hike, which I believe was about 5 hours. All my water spilled out of my bottle on the bus ride over, but not to worry– you can drink agua straight from the glacier runoff!

One last fun fact– this glacier we hiked was used in the film Interstellar. If you’ve seen it and remember that Matt Damon’s character is on a planet by himself, this is what they filmed as his planet! So fun. Alright, well enough verbiage. Here’s some photo goodies.

060-glacier_hike
Our carriage!

061-glacier_hike

062-glacier_hike
Gearing up.
063-glacier_hike
You can see the magnitude of it by checking out how small that little group of people look.
065-glacier_hike
Jenny doing a viking pushup (like a BOSS) and drinking some of that tasty glacier water.

066-glacier_hike

083-glacier_hike
Our group was so fun! Some kids from New York and a group of fun Belgians :)
070-glacier_hike
This kid from NY told me he was interested in becoming a professional photographer, and we had a good time talking about what that looks like as we went. I let him borrow my prism to play around. Turns out this would be the ONLY time I used that thing the entire month I was gone!
069-glacier_hike
Our fearless leader, Magnús.
086-glacier_hike
Love this chick. I’d travel with her anywhere.
067-glacier_hike
Crevass!
068-glacier_hike
This girl was afraid of heights, so she’s truly a champ!
088-glacier_hike
What the ground looks like on the way into the glacier. So lovely.
084-glacier_hike
This is about as high up as we went.
089-glacier_hike
What the glacier looks like from the road. It’s so different to see something from afar and up close… no person or thing ever really looks the same in both lights.
090-glacier_hike
That beautiful ground.

071-glacier_hike 072-glacier_hike 073-glacier_hike 074-glacier_hike 075-glacier_hike 076-glacier_hike 077-glacier_hike 078-glacier_hike 079-glacier_hike 080-glacier_hike 081-glacier_hike 082-glacier_hike 085-glacier_hike 087-glacier_hike

Advertisements

stellarpropeller

Colorado based photographer traveling nationally and internationally, making a living as an artist and becoming more of who I was meant to be every day.

Submit a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s