Throughout the morning Steinar kept pointing out the massive ice cap in the distance, our afternoon destination of Langjökull, and now we were on our way. As we left the solid fields of lava, the ground turned to dark rock and dirt. The landscape becoming more and more baron, a strange beauty.
really no road, as you can see, and as soon as we hit the snow at the
base of the glacier the guides raced each other, driving madly all
over and up to about the midway point. We got out and were all just
stunned at the beauty.
loaded back in the Rover and continued to the absolute top. We couldn't
believe it! The sky was blue and almost cloudless, the views went on
forever and being on top of the glacier was a total "king of the world"
experience. Even the guides were taking pictures!
After some glacial snow eating and snow angel making each of the drivers let a good amount of air out of the over-sized tires allowing them to have better traction for the next part of our journey. We'd be driving off the glacier and up to the top of a near by shield volcano. This should give you a small taste of how surreal the drive was!
Again the drivers all raced each other off the glacier and had a ball climbing up steep sides of snow and ice, scaring the hell out of most of us! I don't think anyone really thought we were going to the top of the volcano, I think we thought Steinar meant we were heading in that direction. But soon we found ourselves parked along side the other trucks on top of the crater, watching snowmobiles zip around the inside, reminding me of a motorcycle cage of death show.
Our incredible day came to end as we were dropped back off at the hotel. The Washington Six ordered drinks in the Hilton's bar and rehashed the day, truly marveling at our experience.
Hot springs, waterfalls, lava cave, glacier, volcano, tectonic plates. Highly recommended.