Saturday, 7 June 2014

Iceland - Done!

Its official, Iceland and the Faroe Islands are amazing!!

If you ever what to escape the hectic life of the city for a few days and experience nature in all of it's glory, then the Faroe Islands are the place for you. We had a great trip, met plenty of genuinely nice people and climbed the highest point with a group of pretty tough school kids....a truly inspiring place! 

Next up was Iceland. We took a flight to Reykjavik and then drove to the Skaftafell National Park via the 'Golden Circle Route'. Iceland is like no other in Europe. As you drive along never-ending roads through the ever changing landscapes, you get a real sense of how the earth creates and regenerates!

The climb of Hvannadalshnukur (or the White Giant) started at 04.00. We wanted to make use of the firm snow and stay ahead of an unusually large group of 100+ climbers from Iceland on a works outing.

We made the summit in 8 hours and were glad that we hired a guide for this mountain. As the weather conditions worsened it would have been almost impossible to navigate through the sheer white landscape without our guides local knowledge and expertise - Plus they very excellent company.