Into an Icelandic Glacier

Hello everyone! I am officially back safe and sound in the states. The last leg of my trip, Iceland, was absolutely incredible. It may honestly have been my favorite country I have traveled to the past three months. The scenery was just so breathtaking, and there was so much to do. In a mere week’s time, I was able to go sea angling, hiking, exploring a glacier and horseback riding. In my opinion, everyone needs to add it to the top of their travel bucket lists.

In this post, I want to specifically focus on my experience going into the glacier with Reykjavik Sightseeing. It’s a new company in Iceland that launched about a month ago.

The tour set off at 1 p.m. from the Reykjavik Sightseeing office located in the heart of Reykjavik. I was immediately impressed with the interior of the buses. They were sleek in design, and each seat had a leather headrest with blinds for all the windows and raised seats off of the main isle. Besides that, there was a refrigerator stocked with free water bottles and a clean, spacious restroom for use. On the back of each seat, there were usb chargers to charge your devices and make sure you are able to post that killer photo on Facebook immediately because the bus also offers free wifi! However, the coolest feature has to be the personalized tablet provided for each traveler. Available in 10 languages, the tablets had a built in GPS system which narrators the journey to the glacier (and all other excursions) by pointing out interesting landscapes as well as telling stories about the history in Iceland. It really is a fun way to make the two hour drive go by a lot faster and learn some cool facts about Iceland along the way.

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Once we arrived at the glacier, the group was ushered into a room to acquire some warmer clothing before continuing on. There were full body suits, jackets and shoe covers all free for us to use. I took full advantage and geared up in one of the full body suits as I figured going inside a giant, frozen chunk of ice would be a rather cold (and turns out I was right).

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To get to the opening in the glacier we took a tricked out old NATO missile truck. It was really cool and along the way, our tour guide told us facts about the glacier as well as explained how/why/when the cave was carved.

The bus you get to ride on to the cave. The tires were almost taller than me!
The bus you get to ride on to the cave. The tires were almost taller than me!

However, none of what she said could have prepared me for just how incredible the cave actually was. It is a very surreal feeling walking into a tunnel completely made of ice. Inside the glacier are a few rooms as well as a chapel which people can get married in. Everything was so white and pure. It truly was an incredible experience. The sad part was that they estimate the entire glacier will melt within a matter of 10-15 years which should give you all the more motivation to get on over to Iceland to see it for yourselves before it is gone forever!

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