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Photo by trip student Alanna O.

On Top of the World

This year, we traded hot dogs and fireworks for crampons and ice axes for our 4th of July celebration

On our last day before returning to Reykjavik, we took the rare opportunity to witness and then discuss the effects of climate change where it is occurring most visibly and most quickly: on a glacier.

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Photo by trip leader Sarah Eissler

Guides led us up the Solheimajokull glacier and showed the group areas that have changed over the past decade, including a growing glacial lagoon, receding edges, and growing crevasses.

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Once we neared the highest point of our glacier trek, we learned how to ice-climb up vertical frozen faces. Afterwards we warmed up in a local geothermally heated pool in the coastal town of Vik. This experience was the perfect ending to our exploration of the land of fire and ice. Now back to Reykjavik to wrap up and reflect on the past 12 days before heading on to our next adventure.

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Photo by trip leader Sarah Eissler