Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Glacial Walk: Skaftafell – Part One (8/21/12)

Watch out for quicksand!

Distance: 3.2 km (2 miles)
Location: Skaftafell National Park, Iceland
Difficulty: Easy
Sights: Glacier; quicksand

We were doubling up on hikes this morning.  So our first hike we decided to do the short one down to the ice caves along the tongue of the glacier.

Well, it turned out to be a walk along an easy paved path and it turned out to NOT lead to ice caves (sorry Liz).

It did take us to some rolling mud hills that lead down to the glacier itself.  Yet, between us and the actual glacier was an icy swift flowing stream.  Brian thought that we could “wade across.”  I chose to nix that idea.

Glacial runoff

Brian then led the way over a narrow trail along the side of the mountain to find a way to the glacier. Parts were scary as I was not as agile!

After, we returned to camp for the long hike of the day...

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