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An Amazing Glacier Hike in Skaftafell
Even though our trip started with a few corona related hiccups, everything has been successfully sorted out thanks to a lovely Adventures.com customer care team. Glacier hike in Skaftafell national park was by far one of the best things we did while in Iceland! The place has some views to fall in love with. Also, our guide was really friendly and knowledgeable, patient, and fun, which greatly enhanced the experience. Five words to describe the tour are: great, active, educational, safe, and unique. We cannot wait to go back to conquer other glaciers!
Reviewed by V.Kita
This glacier tongue is an outlet of the immense Glacier Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier, and the ice is 1,000 years old.
Glaciers are made up of fallen snow. They are not frozen water, as some might think. But how does it turn into ice then? Simply by compression due to the weight of the snow as it keeps accumulating. It's just like taking a handful of fluffy snow and squeezing into a hard snowball and keep doing so for hundreds of years.
The ice eventually gets so compressed that most of the air is forced out of it. This is what causes glacial ice to appear blue.
A glacier is a river of ice. It flows. That's because the highly compressed layers of ice are very flexible. At locations where a glacier flows rapidly, giant cracks called crevasses are formed. This is why it's so dangerous to walk on a glacier - the crevasses get sometimes covered over by snow. Your guide may show you with the ice axe spots that may look like solid ice and snow but are in fact a steep drop just covered in a light dusting of snow.
This tour meets at the Skaftafell Booking Center. It’s a gray house with a turf roof. )
Please bring warm outdoor clothing, waterproof pants, and a jacket. We also recommend that you wear good hiking boots. You can rent sturdy hiking boots and waterproof pants and jackets from us. Simply add these items when booking your tour. Please...)
We visit either Falljökull Glacier or Svínafellsjökull Glacier depending on the season and weather conditions.)
We visit either Falljökull Glacier or Svínafellsjökull Glacier depending on the season and weather conditions.