If you are in Iceland for a trip, it is quite difficult not to notice the asset of the country that is, glacier that extends to 4,500 square miles.
Every year, ice climbing on these magnificent glaciers is being observed, particularly on the Svínafellsjökull and Sólheimajökull, which are located in the southern part of Iceland. In these locations, day trips are being offered from Skaftafell and Reykjavík.
If ice climbing is not your forte, you may choose a better alternative, that is, hiking trips which can be availed of at the Vatnajökull glaciers (East), as well as the Snæfellsjökull glaciers (West). In all cases, ice climbing and glacier walking should never be attempted without the guidance of a professional guide. Walking tours on the glacier are often combined with other types of tours such as glacier lagoon boating, as well as jeep safaris.
In winter time, when the waterfalls freeze, the place just turns into an endless winter wonderland where the place for playing grows ever wider along with the possibilities that can be enjoyed in the area.
By taking advantage of one of the guided tours offered, you will get a chance to see first-hand, some untamed nature of Iceland. These different tours may be availed of depending on difficulty and expertise. Ice axes, as well as crampons, are readily available; however it is still recommended that you bring along with you waterproof trousers, light sweater, quick dry trousers, gloves, a hat and jacket. Additionally, you may find hiking boots for rent in the area.
Among the most popular tours are the ones in Sólheimajökull, Skaftafell, Snæfellsjökull, and Svínafellsjökull.
Ice climbing is a type of outdoor activity that is readily available all throughout the year in Iceland. When availing of a tour, you will receive a brief explanation to what ice climbing is, and get the opportunity to master some stints in ice climbing. There is no doubt that in no time, you will become a very good climber.
© 2014 Iceland24, October 2014