Svínafellsjökull Glacier Tongue

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After driving further east, we arrived at Skaftafell National Park to begin our climb up the Svínafellsjökull glacier, one of the outlet glaciers of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Iceland, which covers more than 8% of the country. After strapping on crampons and grabbing ice axes, we started on our way upwards into the ice.

The view was alien and unbelievable – in the short moments when the clouds cleared you could see all the way to the ocean. Along the way we dodged crevasses and moulins – vertical shafts that are formed when rocks melt straight through the glacier.

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