Powerful, magic, dynamic, alive, happy, sad, vulnerable. These are the words which come to my mind when thinking about glaciers.
I had the privilege to be close to three glaciers in the South-East of Iceland, Breiðamerkurjökull, Skeiðarárjökull and Hoffellsjökull, three of the many outlets of Vatnajökull, the largest ice cap in Europe. During my short visits in the winters of 2018, 2019 and 2020 I walked on Breiðamerkurjökull, visited several ice caves and two glacial lagoons: Jökulsárlón and Hoffellslón. I brought home mixed memories of these incredible places, both happy and sad. Happy, as the glaciers gave me energy and charged my batteries for happy living. Sad, as I witnessed their disappearance; I saw how ephemeral they are and I know that we are largely responsible for this.