Hey everyone! This is Sam and I am going to be highlighting our day on the Sólheimajökull glacier today.
This morning was an early one for the group as we ate breakfast at 06:15 and packed up our belongings before leaving the hostel in Reykjavik. We hit the road to Sólheimajökull shortly after 07:00 and began to prepare for the long day on the glacier doing drone surveying. With the help of our awesome tour guides Oddur and Gumi, we were able to conduct our long anticipated plan of collecting thousands of drone images of the glacier snout in order to construct a 3D model that can be compared with less accurate satellite imaging to understand how the glacier is continuing to melt. We are the first group of researchers ever to have done this type of surveying on Sólheimajökull, and we hope that this method is sufficient in providing us enough data to continue in the coming years here in Iceland.
After a 6 hour survey session and 10 plus kilometers hiked on the glacier, the group departed and settled into the Puffin Hostel in Vik. We are all pretty wiped from the hike and expect to return to the glacier tomorrow bright and early to continue our drone surveying. Overall, 15/10 day for all!