Many people think of Iceland as very cold and ice covered country. It’s actually very green. Very green. Yes, Iceland have beautiful glaciers and glacier lagoon called Jökulsárlón, but because of endless lava fields and moss growing on them – Iceland is very green. Greenland is way more icy than Iceland and apparently, vikings to confuse other vikings swapped the names. Well, even in our days, there are people who still think Iceland is all covered in ice.
During the winter months traveling around Iceland can be a bit complicated for non driving person as I am. Public transport from town to town is pretty much non existing. Didn’t have much choice and booked guided tours. Glad I did. Definitely not for budget travellers. Was worth every krona. I had booked tours from 4 different companies and all guides were professional, knowledgeable and have to say, Icelandic people have a good sense of humour and everyone on my tours had a good laugh.
The most unforgettable time I had on a glacier, doing a bit of ice climbing and few hours hiking on a glacier. Crampons is a must on a glacier, otherwise you are in for a funny walk! Like I said, crampons is a must, just for your own safety. Seen some brave-hearted people trying to walk on a glacier with normal shoes and luckily, they didn’t get far and came back shortly.
And now a lot of photos to follow:
Unfortunately, didn’t have a chance to visit volcano caves and ice caves so I’m planning my trip back and would like to learn more ice climbing in autumn. If anyone wonder about Northern Lights – wasn’t able to capture them as my camera is not good enough. First night when seen them was not impressed at all, there was something going on but nothing like I have seen on photos or videos. But the night I stayed on a farm hotel in the middle of nowhere, the lights were not shy at all, intense green and dancing around for couple of hours! That was magical.