Svinafellsjokull Glacier

Now that truly is a mouthful.  It means swine glacier – ok, pig glacier.  Pig mountain frames one side of the glacier we visited today and that’s how this glacier was named.  We had a guided tour on the glacier, crampons, ice axes and all.  It’s incredibly hard to describe the scale of things here, especially today.  It is such a vast area, it’s really hard to wrap your mind around it all.

All strapped up and ready to go.  Probably couldn’t run very far in these, though.

Our group heading out into the great unknown!

This was as far into the glacier we could go with out some serious climbing and experience.  I just love the shapes and the colors.  Reminds me of vanilla/chocolate ice cream swirl!

Those skinny enough literally slipped through a tunnel/cave that the melt water made.  It was extremely tight with twists and turns all throughout.

Say Hi Jim!!

…and here’s Jim, squirting out the end!

Finally, a word about our excursion last night in an effort to see more of the northern lights, this time at the glacier lagoon we visited yesterday.  It was cold and clear to start the evening and we did have a little activity.  The clouds rolled in about an hour after we got there and that pretty much did us in.  However, the lagoon looked beautiful in the moonlight and with a hint of green from the aurora, it was worth it!

Pretty cool!

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This entry was posted in Iceland, Landscape, Night Sky, Traveling.


  1. steve hirsch October 11, 2014 at 8:03 pm #

    That looks really cool! That last pic is sensational

  2. John McCoy October 11, 2014 at 10:36 pm #

    The seal looked like a Lab with flippers. But I bet that they are not as friendly.
    Fascinating pictures. I have been enjoying them.

  3. Debra Keller October 12, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    What an incredible place. I am envious beyond words and it looks as though you have captured the moments brilliantly!

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