Ice Tours in Iceland
Iceland Part 2
Today we drove down the southern tip of Iceland to a town called Vik to meet up with an ice cave tour. We stopped on the way to see two different waterfalls. The first was one that we could walk in back of. We got pretty wet from the mist, but we had expected it and were already wearing waterproof gear for the cave.
The second waterfall is called Skogafoss and is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. When we were pulling in I got to see some of the local sheep crossing the street! While I’m talking about animals, I want to mention that the horses here look like donkey horses, or large ponies, or squat horses (short and stubby legs).
The next day the tour picked us up in a huge 4x4 van with 40” tires and drove to the bottom of Katla, a volcano that is 50 years past due for eruption. We hiked over lava/ash fields to the cave. This cave was created in a melting iceberg. It is supposed to be winter here with snow covering the ground and should be 10-15 degrees Celsius colder than it is now,
though I am thankful with all of the driving that we are doing that the roads are not covered in snow and ice. Because it is so unusually warm here, the tour guide said that when they started the tour 8 weeks ago, the entrance to the cave was 6 meters longer (more ice) than it is right now. The entire glacier will melt away in 50-100 years. The cave itself was really cool (no pun intended). We climbed through the cave into an open section in the back. The entire cave wasn’t very big, but I have never seen anything like it. We also go to drink the fresh glacial water.
We had some extra time after the cave to see other areas of the glacier, which was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen, more amazing than the cave itself and more amazing than the glaciers I have seen in Alaska. The stripes are created from settling ash from the volcano (Katla) above it.