17 Aug 17
After a couple of hectic days in Iceland, we were split into two groups, group A and group B for Glacier Walking.
Half of us woke up at 7:00am to have breakfast and to get the coach to the activity, whilst the other half of the scout group had a lie in and a late breakfast.
Whilst we waited for the coach to pick us up from the College of Agriculture in the morning; we were making packed lunches, slowly packing our bags and enjoying some well-deserved rest while the scouts chatted for hours. Meanwhile, group A were somewhere in the mountains on the Glacier having a wicked time.
The coach came to pick us up a little bit later than planned. Some adults shared a first coach with a group of explorers who had also gone out to Iceland in the same week; whilst the rest of the group joined a second coach. After a 2 hour journey, we reached Solheimajokull; we started by kitting up and putting crampons on, getting ice axes and dressing in helmets and harnesses.
We then walked about 10 minutes up towards the glacier where we were split into a further 3 groups. Our group instructors showed us how to put our crampons on followed by a talk on health and safety while on the mountains – including walking with feet shoulder width apart with our shoulders back.
Our ascent of the Glacier began and proved very tricky for some of the Scouts and adults alike! The tour guides explained every sight to us on route so that we were educated on where we were walking as well as embracing a once in a lifetime experience.
After an incredible 4 hours Glacier walking, all groups were ready to get back on the coach to the campsite. On arrival, we ate some dinner followed by some much needed showers and then caught up with the other groups.
From 10:30-11:00pm, we had a celebratory party, enjoying some music, party games and a slight downpour towards the end. Despite the weather it was the perfect end to a fantastic day.