Iceland Day 3: Hike Glaciers And Black Sand Beaches

By November 27, 2015Europe, Iceland, OUR TRAVELS

Today was ermayzing. Hiked a glacier and saw ice pieces on a black sand beach.

Photos and text by Amie Jean & Cam Thompkins

Vatnajökull National Park. PC: Cam Thompkins

Taken just past Skaftafell, on the eastern side of the island. PC: Cam Thompkins

Glacier hike on Vatnajökull

Our glacier hike guide, Donna. She explained what glaciers are and how they form. Snow fall from the mountain top piles, flows down the mountain, melts. Then the next snow fall piles, flows down the mountain, melts. PC: Amie Jean

Glacier hike on Vatnajökull

Where I’m standing in this photo, the ice is only about 5 to 10 meters thick, and about 150 years old. PC: Amie Jean

Glacier hike on Vatnajökull

Over time, each layer compacts into a thick sheet of ice. PC: Amie Jean

Glacier hike on Vatnajökull

Donna chipped off a piece of the glacial floor we were standing on and I put a piece of the 150 year old ice in my mouth. Probably the cleanest piece of ice i’ve ever ingested. PC: Amie Jean

Inside a glacier crevacInside a glacier crevice

Inside a glacier crevice. PC: Amie Jean

Glacier hike on Vatnajökull

The thickest point of the Vatnajokull glacier is up to 1000 meters thick. PC: Amie Jean

Glacier hike on Vatnajökull

PC: Joe Hsu

Leaving Vatnajökull Iceland

Leaving Vatnajökull. PC: Amie Jean

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lake, Iceland

Arriving at Jökulsárlón Glacial Lake. PC: Cam Thompkins

Ancient ice on the black sand beach of Jökulsárlón. PC: Amie Jean

Ancient ice on the black sand beach of Jökulsárlón. PC: Amie Jean

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lake

PC: Cam Thompkins

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lake

Reflection. PC: Cam Thompkins

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lake

PC: Cam Thompkins

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