IGNIS Winter 2017-2018 - Page 11

IGNIS Young Reporter Sólheimajökull Glacier Walk is a thrilling yet nerve wracking experience which is right next to an active volcano (eruption overdue!). Glaciers are ice sheets where more ice remains solid than melts and forms over thousands of years – hugely boosted by the last Ice Age about 12,000 years ago. This glacier, like many, is shrinking and flowing into the Atlantic Ocean – the glacier that used to reach to the location of the car park 100 years ago is now a 1km walk to reach. This experience was unlike anything I have done before – it required a mix of skill and thought, yet was fun and allowed you to explore the glacial landscape. Overall, Iceland is a beautiful country full of geographical richness which, whilst it is expensive, is well worth visiting due to the uniqueness of the country and its landscape. IGNIS 11