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Glacier Travel

During glacier travel, conditions can be very difficult and they can change drastically in a matter of seconds.

Always familiarize yourself with the weather forecast and area conditions before setting out.

Considerations:

  • Come to the trip prepared with an efficiently routed plan to reduce the risk of accidents.
  • Due to frequently changing conditions, do not make assumptions about a route even if you have walked there some days before.
  • Crevasses can form, snow bridges can collapse and rainfall can alter an area in a very short period of time.
  • Contact locals to find out the current and past conditions of the glacier (snow, temperature, rainfall, wind) as these will impact the conditions.
  • Keep in mind that conditions up on the glacier can be worse than conditions on the ground.
  • A GPS with a mapped route of your trip is essential
  • Leave a travel plan with a friend or on Safetravel.is

During the Trip:

  • Always follow your intended route but don´t follow it blindly into a crevasse! Don´t change your route without notifying someone.
  • If you need to travel through crevasse areas make sure that everyone is wearing a harness and is connected with ropes.
  • If you are unsure if you are in a crevasse area, assume that you are and act accordingly.
  • Don´t forget sunglasses and sunscreen!
Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue, Tourist Information Center, Bankastræti 2, 101 Reykjavík Iceland safetravel@safetravel.is +354 570-5929 Disclaimer