Sólheimajökull Glacier Walk

Day 2 – Seljalandsfoss, Sólheimajökull Glacier Walk

The morning of the glacier walk. Last night we slept in the car after shooting the Northern Lights. We had 3 hours of sleep and woke up frozen. It was so cold. At 8:00 am Sebey and me went and walked around the Seljalandsfoss and shoot some photos while Niaz was asleep (he loves to sleep).

Seljalandsfoss

We left camp to Sólheimajökull at 9:00 am. Got to the meeting point, met the group and collected our crampons and ice axe. Apparently this made us look cool :p Oh and the guide was super amazing and had a good sense of humour.

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The Sólheimajökull Glacier melts at a rate of 1m per week. That is a lot of water going into the sea. Also if you take all the ice from the glaciers in Iceland and spread them evenly across the country, the thickness of the spread would be 3 meters.

Sólheimajökull Glacier Walk

Once we got to the top, we had the chance to drink pure spring water and eat ice after scratching off the top layer. It was a 3 hour glacier walk but not very intense. It was a good experience and the highlight of the day. This is something I’d recommend one to do when visiting Iceland.

After our glacier walk we drove to the nearby town to stock up on groceries and then visited the Gljufrafoss which is a waterfall in a cave. It was really hard to shoot because of the heavy and powerful mist blowing out of the cave. I had to get out of the cave to dry myself and the camera (most importantly) and then get back in for a second try.

To chill for a bit we visited the famous Seljavallalaug hot pool. It was warm but filled with dirt. Not sure what the hype is all about.

We also wanted to shoot the Seljalandsfoss during sunset but the sky was overcast and the sun was nowhere to be seen.

Our night ended in a tent at the campsite of Skogafoss.

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