“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Sir Winston Churchill

Perhaps one of my most memorable adventure travel experiences thus far has been my hike across a real live sea of ice. There is nothing quite like strapping on a pair of crampons and moving at a snail’s pace straight into unimaginable winds and icy cold rain across one of the world’s most beautiful and magical glaciers. Sure I’ve done plenty of amazing hikes around the world ranging to such far off places as Peru, Patagonia, The French Alps and Nepal. Yet nothing was quite like walking across a wide, moving sea of ice.

Myrdalsjökull Glacier

First steps onto the massive Myrdalsjökull Glacier. Unfortunately there was no way possible to show the enormity of it all. This is just the beginning.

As we laced up our crampons and began to walk towards the tongue of the glacier, the wind and rain picked up making it miserably cold. Thankfully I was prepared with my waterproof pants and jacket, and took each step slowly with anticipation of what I might see.

“If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured, it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, raced won, or lasting happiness achieved”. – Maurice Chevalier

Once on top of the mighty Myrdalsjökull Glacier, I was spellbound by its stark beauty and vastness. The contrast between the vibrant green grass against the salt and pepper-colored ice was startling.

Myrdalsjökull Glacier

What was even more impressive were the enormous crevices and ice formations with an iridescent blue inside. This gigantic sea of ice was nature’s display of a fabulous work of art.

Myrdalsjökull Glacier

“Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig”. – Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Myrdalsjökull GlacierUnfortunately the rain and wind became unbearable and we had to head back. But not without snapping a few more photos of this amazing sea of ice. Here is one of my favorites.

Myrdalsjökull Glacier

If you go

There are plenty of tour operators in Reykjavik who will take you on a day long tour with stops along the way to the magical Seljalandfoss waterfall.

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea. To see more entries click here.

Related posts:

Lost in Iceland: A Day of Ice Trekking in Myrdalsjokull Glacier

Entranced by Iceland: A Visit to the Remote Skaftafell National Park 

Entranced by Iceland: The Hike


      1. The coldest I ever experienced was -20 degrees celsius when I lived in Berlin, Germany. That was far too cold for me! 🙂

  1. Stunning photos, Nicole! What an incredible experience walking on a sea of ice! I’d love to go to Iceland! I’ve walked on a glacier in New Zealand and also hiked in Patagonia and Peru, but not Iceland or Nepal yet! I think both those places would be incredible for photography.

  2. I first walked on a glacier when I was about 12 years old – it was an incredible experience. It’s sad to think that soon there will be no glaciers left for our children to explore.

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