Hiking a glacier in Iceland

Our unconventional birthday celebration wasn’t quite over.  My now ten year olds had a glacier to hike!  While hiking a glacier was not high on the list of one birthday girl (who really wanted to ride Icelandic ponies on this celebratory day), birthday girl number two had bought into the excitement.  After all, who wouldn’t want to don a pair of crampons and yield a pick ax the day they hit double digits? The initial plan was hiking Skaftafell – Vatnajokull the second largest glacier in the world. …

It seems as if one can’t drive in Iceland for more than 15 minutes without seeing waterfalls.  I have this crazy obsession with water so personally, I’m fascinated!  Whether it’s the ocean, lakes, waterfalls, glaciers, hot springs, Iceland has it covered.  Like I said, this is the perfect place for me. I’ve always thought my love of water was quite the norm.  After all, who isn’t amazed by the power and strength of water?  When I initially perused my guidebook each and every waterfall made the list. Day one.  I…

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 Go to Reyjkavik Zoo and Family Park – it has fun rides and games.  My favorite part was jumping on the inflatable pillow. Go glacier hiking.  You use a pick ax and crampons so you don’t slip on the  ice. Take a walk between two tectonic plates (North American & Eurasian) at Thinglevirr national park.  The Rift Valley between the two tectonic plates sinks down about two centimeters a year. Take a tractor out to the cape at Inglsolour to see puffins!  In ten years they are going…

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About half the nation of Iceland believes in elves & trolls. Iceland has a ton of hot springs. The hot springs are hot from the geothermal energy – the energy beneath the ground. In Iceland they speak Icelandic. Reykjavik is the biggest city in Iceland. Reykjavik is the capital city. Every year Iceland gets a tiny bit bigger from the North American tectonic plate and the Eurasian tectonic plate moving further apart. The earth’s second biggest glacier is in Iceland. To walk on a glacier you have to…

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It wasn’t the day my turning ten year olds were asking for.  Actually, it was precisely what they weren’t asking for.  What they wanted was what every double digit turning ten year old wants….a day or an overnight with their friends.  Loud squeals, laughter, silliness, maybe a present or two, and …cake!  This day was everything but! This unconventional birthday of theirs takes place in Iceland of all unsuspected places.  They woke up to little fanfare, just a letter from mom telling them how special they are and…