Glacier caves in Iceland

Oh boy. These photos have been sitting in my Lightroom for weeks now, and I've been editing them again and again probably to do Iceland justice but finally I've decided to post them. After arriving at sunset (around 3 pm) at Keflavik airport, we headed straight for our rental car and drove towards the south coast, since we had a glacier cave tour booked for the next day. We barely made it. Almost on the dot at 6 pm, we both felt the tiredness creeping in, possibly a consequence of flying from Australia to Europe just two nights before. 

The first full day we spent in Iceland was at Jokularson lagoon, which was a 1.5 h drive from our accommodation. On the way there were already, so many waterfalls greeting us on the side of the road with a LOT of water gushing down. 


If you've done any research on Iceland before then you know the weather can be incredibly fickle. I can confirm this... 


When we got to the lagoon it was hailing off/on. The hail was so dry and hard and flicked me in the face so many times... but really it was the wind that gave the harshest treatment. The lagoon was very cool - crystal clear ice chunks literally everywhere.


After a bumpy ride in a van to the beginning of the glacier, we trekked out onto the ice. I was quite scared of slipping and was half-convinced the whole time my crampons were going to slip/slide off. Luckily I had no accidents on the ice, and I had a great experience walking on the glacier and in the cave/hole. It was so blue, unimaginably blue (and also tasty ;)). We even spent some time trying to suck out an air bubble from the ice... but it was not meant to be. I still don't really know why the ice has this almost uniform wave pattern...

You can only hike on the glaciers and caves in winter, so if you're in Iceland at the right time, I highly recommend it - its a great trip for the price. The glacier is melting now faster than ever :( so do get on it while you still can.