This tour is actually run by Arctic Adventures not Gray Line but it was a good tour (I have had a look since returning and the price isn’t that much different on Arctic Adventures website). One of the main reasons I brought our tours through Gray Line is because they would give you a refund with 24 hours notice, which others did not. Going on a self organised holiday from Britain can be ruined if a few centimetres of snow fall.
The tour guides were really confident ad helped everyone get into their equipment. Everything was fully explained to us and they put me at ease. I am, unfortunately a bit terrified of heights but I didn’t find the walk too bad at all, although there were certain times I had to avert my eyes from the drop. The only aspect that stumped me was actual climb with the ropes. I found it easy enough to get half way but then I made the mistake of looking down and as everyone who fears heights knows that results in a loss of muscle power and therefore the inevitable quick descent.
The scenery is breathtaking and it felt amazing standing on top of such a beautiful part of the world. The tour guides are very good and tell you lots about Icelandic culture and traditions as well as facts about the glacier. One, which mildly bemused me was that there weren’t any glaciers in Iceland in the tenth century when parliament was established.
A couple of tips for the tour:
Follow the guides. They will reiterate this again and again but it is a dangerous place and you could get yourself hurt if you decided to go wandering.
Wear layers. We were very lucky and the sun was blaring. I had a massive coat on and by the end I was sweltering in the 0 degree weather. If the sun went though I imagine it would have been cold.
Have good boots. If you wear trainers you won’t be able to climb the glacier you will not be able to climb. The crampons won’t stay on flexible soles and you won’t stand a chance. If you are worried try and bend your soles if you can easily move it then take better shoes.
If you are like me, and need to eat reasonable regularly, then take something for the bus as we didn’t eat until gone two and we ate breakfast at 07.30. I was feeling a bit dizzy by the time I ate.
Take water you will get thirsty.
It was a great day and something i'll never forget.
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