I'm leaving for Iceland on the 20th.
I want to spend most of my time chilling out in nature, bathing in natural Hot Springs, and watching northern lights.
But I also plan on doing a bit of exploration on my own to try to find some ice caves that I could visit for free, without using guided tours.
Two questions came to my mind:
1) How to create makeshift-crampon so that I can do some mild exploration around the glaciers to find some ice caves? (Think of two different scenarios for the available resources: a stranded backpacker, and a cheap crafty urban scavenger.)
2) In case of fluffy snow, how does one end up building a snow shelter? (I believe compacting and waiting works out well, but I must admit I cannot remember... and does it really harden that much when it's only -2°C/29°F outside?)
If you have any other miscellaneous interesting things to share with me about Iceland, it would be appreciated.