Öræfaferðir (From Coast to Mountains) - Ice Climbing
Öræfaferðir (From Coast to Mountains) - Ice Climbing Oraefa Reviews
Sep 07, 2005
If you think hanging out in Reykjavik is experiencing Iceland, you need to get out more. The fact of the matter is Iceland is one of the largest adventure sport countries in the world. So what better to do in Iceland than to climb some ice?
There are a number of ice climbing companies in Iceland, so its hard to decide which is best. Having an experienced guide to show you the ropes is key. In Iceland, Einar Runar Sigurdsson is one of the best guides. He holds the world record of summits to the highest mountain in Iceland (Hvannadalshnúkur). And based on my experience with him and his company, I have no problem recommending it for those wanting to go Ice Climbing.
They provide a variety of trips that cater to everyone from beginners to experts. Prices can be steep for small groups and for the Ice Tour (introduction trip), but they become more reasonable for larger groups and the longer tours.
If you are a beginner like me, you might consider the Ice Tour. Einar will teach you all you need to know to walk on and along a glacier to stay safe. Along the way, he'll teach you some interesting facts on how glaciers move and what to look for as you walk. If you are lucky, you'll even see glacier mice. The Ice Tour includes a chance to try ice climbing. Its actually much easier than it looks, and is definitely a must for those who haven't tried it.
If you are an active person and are looking for some adventure I would recommend bypassing the Ice Tour and moving to the Snow Tour or Mountain Tour. As much as I enjoyed the Ice Tour, it simply wasn't enough. It left me wanting more. For those of you who are less physically active or are nervous about being on the ice, the Ice Tour is still a fun option.
Einar is simply a treat to be around. He has been doing this for quite some time and has a wealth of information about the area. As far as personality, you can't find a better guide. I felt safe the entire trip, which is something quite important on something as foreign as a glacier.
The company provides you with all the gear you need. All you need to bring is your sense of adventure! So get out of Reykjavik and get in the mountains!
Part of the Iceland 2005 travel blog
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