C’mon girl, let’s go hike a glacier.

C’mon girl, let’s go hike a glacier.

This is the Solheimajokull glacier. It’s a big ass sheet of ice that flows down from the Myrdalsjokull glacier, the fourth largest glacier in Iceland.

Iceland Hike Glacier

And this glacier is soon to be my b-tch.

Iceland Hike Glacier

It’s not everyday you wake up and decide you want to hike a glacier. It’s not everyday that you wake up and decide to book a one-way ticket to Iceland. Nevertheless, this specific glacier hike was part of the South Coast tour with Extreme Iceland and I strapped on my man parts, worked up the courage to hike a glacier on a random Thursday.

(Read: 5 Reasons Why Iceland’s South Coast is the Best Coast)

We were surrounded by mountains, and the glacier looked massive from a distance. We crept closer and it still looked pretty damn massive. We were equipped with crampons, helmet and a hiking axe before we walked over to the glacier. The crampons are strapped onto your hiking boots, which I had to rent since my Aigle waterproof boots were way too soft on the bottoms. Our tour guide Ragnar proceeded to publicly point out that Tineey and I had the worst possible shoes on for any kind of glacier hiking.

Iceland Hike Glacier

I thought I was super cool with my hiking axe, until I found out that its existence is to prevent you from slipping and sliding into the cracks in the glacier that seem to go on forever. Wait, what? You hold it horizontally, one hand on the end and one hand on the spike, and drag the spike end into the ice to keep you from sliding.

Our tour guide Ragnar gave us the inside scoop on how to prevent falling while on the glacier (including stepping forwards NOT sideways) which have luckily never happened in his many glacier hikes, but it is something that can mean life or death. YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO FALL. AT ALL.

Iceland Hike Glacier

That little ten minute intro / safety lesson is what hit my nerves before starting the hike. Fear swoops in, and I had a nervous feeling at the pit of my stomach that faded a bit throughout but lasted throughout the entire hike. But then you look up and you feel like you’re in another world.

It’s just me and the Earth, sharing this incredible experience with a good friend and everyone else on this awesome small group tour. I left a horrible job in the city to hike a freaking glacier, and I wouldn’t trade this experience in for anything. The view, the smell, the ambiance – all worth the nerves and completely lifechanging.

Big thanks our tour team – this hike was part of the South Coast tour with Extreme Iceland, and I will never forget this incredible experience!


So the question is, when are you going?

Photos by me, Tineey and K.Pickle



In April 2013, lifestyle photographer Jinna Yang left her corporate fashion job, luxury apartment and life in New York City to travel the world. She started sharing stories of her adventures on Grease and Glamour, inspiring others to live life with purpose and follow their dreams. Jinna’s work has been published in Conde Nast Traveler, The Huffington Post, Time Magazine, CNN Travel, Yahoo, BBC World Radio, and hundreds of other media outlets around the world.

More posts by Jinna Yang
  • http://mollyseee.blogspot.com Molly Meador

    These photos are so gorgeous. Sounds like quite an experience.



      it sure does Molly It sure does


    i could feel the cold as i sit here in my apartment and its summer here in the USA looking at this fantastic photography

  • http://fellowadventurer.blogspot.com marxela

    This is absolutely amazing. I have read about glacial hiking before and it always terrified me but seeing your photos now makes me realize that this is something I have to try at least once.

  • mangosteen

    hi, i’m planning a trip to Iceland and am looking at this specific tour with Extreme Iceland — overall, would you recommend booking with them?? Thanks!


Bathroom goals.
Don't nourish your fears more than you nourish your hopes.
I used to be the kind of girl who would look at photos of new places behind the screen - exotic, wonderful places - and wish I could leave my old life to go see these sights in person.I stopped wishing behind a screen, and became that girl - the one standing and soaking in those sights in person. And it wasn't easy - it took a long time, and I had to hit rock bottom to do it. But if I can do it, so can you.Research, save, ask, and plan. Be the person you've always wished you could become. Live the life you've always wanted to live. Start today.
My love, you have to learn to let things go - memories that don't make you smile, things that don't add true value, and people who don't make you feel the way you should - happy, loved and beautiful.You have to close the wounds you've been left with - for yourself, and by yourself. Because if you don't, you'll always look back, wishing, wanting and regretting things that weren't meant to be in the first place.And on those nights when you feel alone, like no one will understand you or have the answers to your questions - remember that loneliness is designed to help you discover who you are - so that you'll stop looking outside yourself for your worth.I believe in you.
Believe you can, and you're halfway there.#Marrakech
The cost of not following your heart, is spending the rest of your life wishing you had.
Just three of the THIRTEEN courses you get at @zumanewyork when you order their tasting menu.Must. Keep. Eating. ????
Oh, she's so pretty, he's so handsome. ...Does it even matter?
There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement and acceptance. I think we need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others. -John LennonGet out of your own way.With love, from the @mo_newyork ????
So maybe your waist isn't the right size, or your face isn't the perfect shape - maybe your laugh is a little too loud at times and your words make mistakes. There will be days when people don't understand you, don't believe in you, don't want you to continue. There will be moments when it seems like the only thing going right is your ability to do wrong. But how boring would you be if you didn't have your quirks, your f-ck-up's to laugh about tomorrow, maybe next week? How useless would time be if you didn't have those moments to push past, keeping you on your feet? Some days will be harder than others, some nights colder than most - but the sun always rises and so does your soul. So please shine like you do, struggle when you must. Life wasn't always meant to be easy, my love, but don't ever give up. ?? #morningxmusings | @greaseandglamour
The more you love your decisions, the less you'll need others to love them. You were born to be real, not to be perfect.
Today.Let go of the pity your past. Stop feeling sorry for yourself. Stop wishing you were someone else.Break through the walls guarding your heart. Breathe with your soul. And live the life you deserve.Not tomorrow, my love. Today.