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