Once we got to a nice wide crevice our guide screwed in some ice bolts for anchors and lowered each of us down in turn. The climbing was pretty straight-forward and started easily. Since we were the only ones on the trip I got to climb several more times in the crevice moving to some harder ice. Finally, we moved on to a deep hole in the glacier (called a moulin) where the ice melt flowed into. The sides of the hole hadn't gotten as much sun and were much harder, so I was glad that I was able to climb out of it. We soon left the glacier and drove on to a place for dinner and finally our hotel for the night.
We started the next day down at a beautiful beach near where we had stayed. The views and the rock formations were amazing. After the beach we drove to some of the more tourist-visited areas of the island. After spending so much time off the beaten track it was hard to get used to having to share the views and the road with so many other people. We stopped at Gulfoss, an awesome waterfall, then Geysir, the namesake for geysers, and Thingvellir, where the North American and European tectonic plates are pulling apart. These were all beautiful, but we rushed through them a little as we had dinner reservations at our last activity.
The next morning we got up, got to the airport and made the long way back home. We had an eight hour layover in New York City, so we contacted one of our friends there and spent time with her and her friend walking along the Highline, a raised train platform converted into a walking trail. It was nice to spend time with them and see the city. By the time we got back to the airport and had flown home we were exhausted. It had been an amazing trip and I would recommend Iceland to anyone considering going or even stopping on their way to/from Europe.