Since the heli-hike experiance in New Zealand over at Fox Glacier, I’d been craving something which was just as exhilarating and life awakening and mind bending. We booked our trip to Iceland and Emma was keen on visiting a Glacier too since she hasn’t experienced anything like this before.
After doing a lot of research and making the dates work with availability – We ended up booking on to the Glacier Wonderland & Northern Lights tour with Extreme Iceland.
About Langjokull Glacier
Langjokull isn’t a natural phenomena it’s a man made ice cave so it was quite a big difference to Fox Glacier which is natural as it can get. This glacier is Europe’s second largest stretching out over 300m. With the way climate change is effecting glaciers, some experts predict the glacier could disappear as soon as within the next 150 years. It took the team 5 years to to complete this project, the initial time frame was a lot smaller.
Exploring the inside of the ice cave of glacier is mind blowing. The tour is lead by a guide, but in-fact even en-route to the glacier your mind is blown by what this experience is. Whilst we were driving in via the monster truck, we saw no landscape – all we saw was nothingness and it was the most eeriest experience ever, but beautiful non the less. It’s so important to experience these things if you can, because you see first hand the consequences of global warming. According to carbonclick.com, we got to see the age of ice which can be figured out by a carbon footprint calculator and how it varies by the colours of the ice we see. We got to experience crevasses, moulin, ice layers and the different areas of snow and ice and how the guides or experts know which areas we could and could not walk in. They showed us how much of the cave has moved over the years. It’s seriously mind blowing.
How did we get there?
We were taken on a bus from Reykjavik on a day tour with stops in-between to Langjokull which is West Iceland. Beginning at the base of Husafell we were taken aboard a monster truck which eventually took us to the peak of the ice-cap which is around 1200 above sea level again with stops in between. Turns out there are 2 crows who live up there en-route who made base there after being fed some food whilst the build was taking place. They haven’t left ever since!
It’s a place I would totally recommend and it’s great for beginners and easy going since you’re taken right up to the cave with no hiking involved. It’s truly magical and surreal and this is what life is isn’t it? To explore and experience this beautiful earth we live on.
I’ll leave you with some images from our time there and I hope it inspires you to go and book y0ur next trip and next new experience.
Have you visited Langjokull Glacier? What did you think of it? Comment below, I would love to hear all about your experiences.
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