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Here’s a Road Trip Around Iceland’s Dramatic Western Region

Almost Silently, MY leg slides shin-deep into a deceptively soft drift of fresh, pillowy snow. It’s -16°C outside but the wind whipping around the side of the summit is making the cold bite a few degrees lower than that. The damp, searching chill burrows through the weave of my gloves, the breeze ripples and snaps at my trousers and my hair has frozen into several long, crisp lengths of string. I stab the handle of my ice axe deep into the snow to steady myself before taking another step. The inch-wide hole I’ve made glows back at me in a bright shade of White Walker blue.

I’m walking on the mid-cornice of Snaefellsjökull, a 700,000-year-old glacier-capped volcano found at the western tip of Iceland’s Snaefellsnes peninsula. To make it here, me, my driver Borgthor and a team of mountaineers from local tour operator Summit Adventure Guides have tracked through a whiteout in the back of a Snowcat, watching the altitude tick slowly towards 1,400m as we stare at a fuzzy, all-white video feed on one screen, and a satellite map full of waypoints and crevasse warnings on another. Read more…

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