Iceland Glacier Trekking
Langjökull Glacier, Iceland © Christian Bickel
Iceland offers a wealth of exciting outdoor sports opportunities
to visitors - fishing, angling, hiking, camping, kayaking, skiing,
mountain biking, golfing and scuba diving, to name but a few - but
the great lure for real outdoor enthusiasts must be glacier
trekking. There are many excellent, reputable tour companies
offering visitors to Iceland the chance to unleash their inner
Arctic explorer and experience Iceland's astounding natural bounty
hands-on. Your adventure could consist of about seven hours of
walking across the snow-blown, translucent landscape by day, before
being fed and entertained while camping out on the freezing
icefields at night. There are day-long tours available for less
extreme personalities or less experienced trekkers, and some tours
which combine glacier trekking with plenty of time spent camping
next to hot springs and doing other, more relaxing things.
Snæfellsjökull glacier is probably the pick of the
explorable terrains but Iceland boasts many potential areas for
this sort of activity.
Travellers would be wrong to assume that glacier trekking is
only possible in the summer months as many tour operators actually
offer glacier tours and treks year-round. The frosty winter months,
from November to February, have a beauty of their own, but
inexperienced hikers may well be put off by the limited daylight
which makes multi-day treks less popular for obvious reasons.
Glacier trekking is a potentially dangerous activity and all hikers
and climbers should ensure they are using a reputable tour company
and good, safe gear - a capable guide can make all the difference
so research your options ahead of time.