Jake, a photographer from New York, shares his glacier walk experience on the same glacier that the movie Interstellar was filmed.
What motivated you to visit Iceland?
There were a number of things that motivated me to visit Iceland. Most of the motivation came from my brother. He was interested in visiting a lot of glaciers sooner rather than later given what he knows about global warming and glaciers retreating all around the world. He prioritized visiting Iceland for that particular reason. On my end, I was really into the movie Interstellar and they filmed a lot of it in Iceland, especially Dr. Mann’s planet. Additionally, it just looks like a great place to visit because you can see so much in such a short amount of time without lots of plane or train rides. You just get there, rent a car and see whatever you like.
How long was your stay? Did you travel solo or with a group?
I traveled with my girlfriend, my brother and a friend. We rented a car and drove around Iceland for about 2 weeks.
Which tour did you take and why did you choose it?
We went on the Glacier Adventure tour (a 4 hour glacier walk on Svinafellsjökull, part of Vatnajökull). We chose this tour specifically because Icelandic Mountain Guides were the only ones that we could find during our internet research that went to the same glacial tongue that Interstellar was filmed. In fact, we found an article on Gizmodo where they talked about this specific tour.