This was my favorite experience out of our entire five days in Iceland. We were picked up promptly at our hotel in the morning and drove the 2.5 hours to southern Iceland, to our glacier. We were in a six person van and the tour guide was super friendly and gave us a bit of information and history of Iceland along the way. He also happily answered any questions that we had.
This company seemed to have perfected everything on this trip. We had between 20-25 people and three guides, so about one guide per 8 people. They were super efficient about sizing us for crampons and handing out the rest of our gear. After a brief safety discussion, we were off for our hike.
The guides were VERY experienced and immediately ready to correct someone if they saw that they were doing something unsafe. They were also very patient and gave us pointers when needed, answered any questions and allowed us time to stop at take photos at some of the most picturesque spots.
When it was time for ice climbing, we got another set of instructions, as well as a demonstration. The three guides put up three lines for climbing, with one guide to belay each line. It then took about an hour for everyone to get a turn at climbing. Again, the guides were very patient and helpful with everyone. It was such an amazing experience, both the hike on the glacier and the ice climbing were out of this world...I felt like I was in an Arctic wonderland.
After our ice climb, we then hiked back down to the glacier, we washed off our climbing tools in a glacial pond and then sat down on some lava rocks to take off our crampons and climbing harnesses. The guides then quickly collected our gear and handed out or lunches.
We each got a really delicious sandwich, a pastry and a juice box. After a few hours of hiking and climbing, it really hit the spot. On the way home, we stopped at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which was really beautiful.
Again, I can't say enough great things about this company and when I go back (oh, and I will be back), I plan to schedule all of my tours with them.
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