In March, New York gets just as cold as Iceland. If I had these gorgeous glacial views instead of the cold concrete jungle I wouldn’t mind it so much. As part of my Southern Iceland tour, the first attraction on the agenda for the day was Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. It s located just north of a small town called Vik.
No matter the angle, the glacier is mesmerizing. Even on a cloudy day, it glows in stunning hints of blue sparking against the white sky and black sand. The Mýrdalsjökull Glacier covers an active volcano called Katla. Within the ice cap are layers of black sediment. These are from volcanic ashes that have erupted over time.
Getting to The Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
Getting close to the glacier requires a moderate hike. The path isn’t the easiest to navigate, but it’s not like you’re climbing up a mountain. I did a lot of hopping around in my rain boots to avoid huge puddles and possible sinkholes. Yes, sinkholes. It was a great cardio workout. I was so far from my tour bus that it almost left me! I sped walk 25 minutes just to make it back in time.
The one thing I wish I could have done on this Iceland trip was to book a glacier walk and ice climbing package. I was hesitant to do so since this was a solo trip and I didn’t want to risk getting hurt. I’ll be back to Iceland for it though. I have a 2 year voucher for a Northern Light bus tour that did not happen because the skies were too cloudy. I’ll plan my next trip with a travel buddy. This way I’ll have more pictures of me in it and I can be a little more adventurous.
To Iceland’s black sand beach we go – Reynisfjara!