Glacier hiking is a great way to get an intimate look at the frozen landscapes that make up aproximately 10% of the surface of the country. In order to hike on the glacier you require some specialty equipment, most commonly you will be asked to slip some crampons onto your shoes. These crampons have either metal spikes, studs or coils that assist with generating traction as you make your way up the icy surfaces. For more taxing hikes you may also be given an Ice axe to help steady yourself during the accent.
You don't have to go it alone though as you will be accompanied by a specially trained glacier hiking guide the whole way who will make sure you stay safe while also sharing some valuable information about the glaciers as you go.
One particular glacier that is often used for glacier hiking experiences is the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue (a part of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier) that is a prominent feature of the south coast of Iceland. This glacier is easisly accessable and features a rather gentle initial incline that make it favourable for people new to glacier hiking.
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