Glacier hike

Time to make our way back to Reykjavik, but first, we have to hike our way across a glacier.

Today's glacier is Sólheimajökull - more kit required, including my first experience with crampons and an ice-axe. Certainly makes one feel the part, that's for sure.

It's a forty-five minute walk to the glacier and that time gets longer every year as the glacier is retreating at quite a pace.

After a good hike, and a fun descent, we got to clamber about all over a glacier. Was pretty amazing to hear how much changes even day-to-day on the glacier with holes opening up and new paths appearing constantly. Must make being a guide particularly fun, but challenging.

So strange to see just how 'dirty' the glacier was - they gather up a lot of ground as they make their way along and that together with the various bits of ash and dirt that fly about and get caught up eventually make appearances as the glacier melts.

After an invigorating hike back to the base camp, it was time for more soup (asparagus this time) and then to make our way back 'home' to Reykjavik for our last night in the capital.

Was fun to be back in Reykjavik and try out a new hostelry (hi, KEX!)

[Image credit: Antony Stanley]