Mýrdalsjökull Glacier Vik Reviews
Dogsledding & Other Sports Even In Summer Jun 30, 2008
A bit before Vik, coming from Reykjavik, about 20km there is a road up to Mýrdalsjökull, although I use the word road very loosely. More like tyre tracks of vehicles that have passed previously going across rock fields. Should really be done in a 4x4, but I got the wee Toyota through it :D though it was touch and go at some point.
The road eventually, and have the courage of your convictions to keep going, comes to a chalet, where various companies/organisations meet up and have all their equipment stored. There were a couple of parties there when we arrived, with some being kitted out to go walking out over the glacier.
There were lots of snowmobiles just up from the chalet as well, but we wanted to go dogsledding. It's not cheap :O Cost around £200 for the four of us, and I'm sure there was a discount for the kids. Paid by card, even up on a glacier in Iceland 8), and funny memory of the guy waving the machine above his head as he tried to get a signal for it :D.
We were kitted out in snow suits and then from the chalet were taken in a 4x4 up to where the dogs were,further up on the glacier. Met the other guys who did the trip up there, and they first told us about the dogs, Greenland Sled Dogs not Huskies and they explained the Greenland dogs had more stamina and that Huskies were for quick short trips or racing.
The guy that had met us originally was a student from Copenhagen, who was over doing his 3rd summer working here. he told us that the other guys lived here all year round but in the winter down by the coast. When the weather starts to get better they bring the dogs up, and a 'herd ',never really said how many, of ponies. The ponies are then killed and buried in the glacier and used to feed the dogs over the next few months, as the guys spend the whole summer up there :O. With about 20 dogs to feed I would imaginr though that they would need a fair number of ponies.
With all the preamble over we set off across the snow, and it was great fun speeding over the glacier. The glacier itself sits on top of the volcano Mount Katla, and the route had been changed recently because of cracks in the glacier, which they explained that although only looking like a hairline on the surface, could eaily be a cavern beneath that.
The end of the out run was at what they called the Ice Palace, a crop of rocks covered still with snow. Dogs were rested for a bit before being roused for the journey back. it was even more fun, as the dogs went a lot faster, because they knew at the end of it they would be fed.
Great fun to do, and the experience of a lifetime, so long as you budget for it. May not be available as here they only did it from May to September, as the wether can be to treachorous outwith these months. Worth checking out to see if you can when you are there though.
Definately up there as one of the best things we have ever done as a family 8)
Part of the Iceland June/July 08 travel blog
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