Skaftafell Park

Trekking that leads to the cascade without a doubt worth it though it should be prepared for rain, which is frequent companion in this area. From Skaftafell Park the most interesting adventure activities are organized by the Vatnajokull glacier. Among them, we opted by climbing the highest mountain in the country, Hvannadalshnukur, that peak with their 2,119 meters high stands out amid the glacial plain of Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest ice field. The Hvannadalshnukur is a beautiful snowy mountain that dodging cracks after a long ascent and a significant drop, rewarded with fantastic views of all Iceland, the Atlantic Ocean and the Vatnajokull glacier. Early in the morning we met with our guides and those who would be our expedition mates, a few sympathetic Icelanders in a Reykjavik Marathon club and two Americans.

The ascent was as beautiful as long. Depart from virtually the road walking in the midst of a fairly arid landscape. After a few hours we reached the point where we could not continue without crampons, ice axes and ropes. Strung we continue in the midst of an all white landscape, dodging various cracks and enjoying more impressive views. At 9 a.m., we arrived at the long-awaited Summit, Pan was impressive and rewarding. At this point we were something tired, there is that recognize it.

We started the descent and the speed and endurance of our local colleagues us crippling at times since the rate of descent was exhausting and were all strung. After 14 hours we got to reach out to our car with a blister and totally tired. It is not uncommon that the only aspiration of the afternoon was a hot shower and a comfortable bed where to replenish forces. That night we slept great and not bother us or the brightness of the Icelandic midnight. We leave behind Skaftafell following the ring road. We find to our step and Icelandic sheep shaggy everywhere that seemed to greet us with their tantrums.

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