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This was amazing! I am a rock climber anyway but have never climbed on ice. It's about 3 hours from Reykjavik. You get given crampons, helmet and ice axe. You should bring a good coat, waterproof trousers and high ankle walking boots. And water!
We did a short walk and then some ice climbs. The guides set up anchor points at the top and ab down. They be-lay you, you climb up and they bring you down. You don't have to climb if you don't want to. It isn't a difficult climb, everyone managed to get to the top and there were all sorts of people.
Afterwards we went on a longer hike for an hour or so, be careful and walk where the guide tells you unless you fancy one leg falling knee deep into ice water. Maybe bring spare socks?!
The hike isn't hard is you are a walker but if you just sit about in an office all day then you might struggle. Our guides were Snorri and Gulli and they were really good, fun and knew lots to tell us. Found a small ice cave and ate an icicle! Why not?!
There are ham and cheese and salad rolls at lunch and Icelandic doughnuts nom nom. If you're a fussy eater then bring some snacks. Also pack some snacks if you might want a boost during the hike.
I won't tell you what you get to see but the formations and views are beautiful. I don't want to spoil it. Definitely worth the money when compared to the other tours you can get.
On the way hope we stopped at Skogafoss waterfall which is stunning, it often has a rainbow running through it, bring your rain coat, its splashy! If you work out the angles well then you can get your photo taken standing at the end of the rainbow!
We also stopped the the farm where they first spotted the Eyjafjallajökull erruption in 2010 and reported it to the media (who didn't believe them!). Lots of the farm was damaged but they have turned this unfortunate event into a positive and attract tourists and have a visitors center and information signs.
Best trip of the tour and worth paying 100 whatever quid for!
Walking on the glacier and climbing up the ice wall were the highlights of the day for sure!
We had a beautiful day, sunny and warm - actually the only day we didn't wear jackets in Iceland and we were on the glacier - weird.
On the glacier our guide was informative and kept us safe.
We stopped at Skogafoss waterfall on the way back, lovely.
It's a long drive to the glacier from Reykjavik, over two hours one way.
Totally make sure you wear stiff toed hiking boots - or better yet - rent the ice climbing boots from the Arctic Adventure office (only about $10). We had hiking shoes, but not stiff boots - this definitely made a difference for the worse on the ice wall climb especially, but also on the hike. The crampons won't stay on if the toe of your boot is too wide, and ankle boots would have been better support for the hike.
Also, check the harness belt before you set out making sure it has all the pieces and straps. One of ours didn't, it wasn't dangerous but wasn't comfortable and had to hold a strap up the whole time walking.
The packed lunch was a little lame compared to other Viator lunches we have had, a basic sandwich on white bread and no beverage - was super glad we thought to take along two large bottles of water since it was about an 11 hour day.
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