Adventurer of the Week: Guadalupe Walks Thrice on Ice!

01. June 2017 —Adventurer of the Week
Guadalupe Laiz
Guadalupe and his guides

Guadalupe was mesmerized by the glacier walk in Iceland, so mesmerized in fact that she did it not once, not twice but thrice! Iceland left a profound mark on her; humbled and intrigued, she was left wanting more. Her pictures speak for themselves.  

What motivated you to visit Iceland?

I was in Iceland last year, I’m a photographer working on a book on Icelandic Horses. From the very first time I put my feet on the Island a year ago, I felt in love with it and I knew I was going to be spending lots of time there. I’m planning on going back in September. To me, Iceland is the closes I have seen to “heaven”. 

Iceland is not just a magnificent place, it is one of the most honest places I have ever seen, it's honesty brings curiosity. There is a sense of order within the chaos here. It makes you feel small and alive. Here, nature is before everything else. You are constantly thinking about the sun, the wind and the earth we are walking in.

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Glacial lagoon Aerial

How long was your stay? Did you travel solo or with a group?

I was there for 15 days and I travel alone.

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Portrait of a Glacier Walker

Which tour did you take and why did you choose it?

I took the glacier walk tour 3 times! And the snowmobile tour once. A word on the glaciers. What Iceland taught me was that a man who keeps company with glaciers comes to feel tolerably insignificant by and by. The Alps and the glaciers together are able to take every bit of conceit out of a man and reduce his self-importance to zero if he will only remain within the influence of their sublime presence long enough to give it a fair and reasonable chance to do it’s work.

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Can you spot the people?

What is one thing you will always remember about your tour?

The landscape, just being in places that, without going with a tour guide wouldn’t be able to experience. 

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Raging Coastline

What is something that you learned about Iceland that surprised you?

I don’t know if “surprise” is the right word but staying in Iceland for 15 days really gave me a chance to experience all kinds of weather. I heard the Icelandic say before “if you don’t like the weather wait 5 minutes” and of course it’s true. When you take a little bit more time than 5 days to visit you start to see with your own eyes the power of nature, the radical changes in the weather are extraordinary.   

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Icescapes
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Icelandic Mountain Guide and Gear

If you had more time in Iceland, what else would you like to see and do?

I really want to see the center of the Island. There is a lot so see and explore. I would like to do more hikes, maybe a guiding tour on the glacier for 5-10 days. 

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Glacier Walking Silhouette

What tips do you have for people who want to visit Iceland?

Take your time! Don’t rush from one touristic destination to the next, explore!

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Ice and Black

If you describe your tour in two words, what would they be?

Magnificent – Peaceful 

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Negative Space

What adventure are you off to next? What is your next dream adventure? 

Antarctica is next!

Guadalupe Laiz

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About the Author

Joseph content writer for Icelandic Mountain Guides

Joseph Mattos-Hall

Hailing from London and born into a British/Brazilian/Italian household, Joseph came to Iceland originally to complete a master’s degree in Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Iceland: the rest is history.

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