Ten percent of Iceland is covered by glaciers, with Sólheimajökull Glacier being one of the most frequently visited as a day trip from Reykjavik.

During my recent visit to Iceland, I teamed up with Arctic Adventures for their Blue Ice tour, which promised three solid hours on the glacier.

Once we were suited up, Oskar handed out crampons and ice axes, and we began walking across the rocky moraine. In 2000, just twelve years earlier, the glacier reached as far as the parking lot. It’d retreated a few hundred meters in that time.

As we stepped onto the glacier, the sound of rushing water could be heard. This wasn’t a trickling stream, it was a raging torrent.

And all that water, in liquid form, was a constant reminder of how the ice underneath us was in a constant state of flux.

Sólheimajökull Glacier is covered in black volcanic ash, which collects in little black pools across the pockmarked surface. Looking down at the ice, it’s as though one is walking across a landscape of inkwells.

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  • David Lee

    In late 2007, I quit my job and left the comfortable life in the USA for the open road with nothing but a 20-pound backpack, a …

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