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Aug
20.

20.08.08 Kverkfjoll – Reykjahlíð
by Garik and Lena

  • Yesterday when we went to sleep it was rainy, so we prepared for a cold night. The night was extremely cold, I had to rub my feet all the time and found it hard to fall a sleep. Lena wanted to get up at 04:00AM, in order to go to the hut, to warm up. I tried to get “folded” as much as I could in the sleeping bag, tried to pass the time till more reasonable time to rise up. Me and Lena concluded to wake up around 06:30AM. At some point during the night, the rain had stopped and Lena thought, “goody!!!”, there will be some time for the things that hang outside the tent, to get dry till morning… After some time we started to hear weird noises and started to feel some wetness around us, though we were in our sleeping bags. We started to think, what can cause all this? The answer is snow! Yep, it was snow! I crawled outside the tent, just to see that our tent and all area around us is covered with snow. The entrance to the tent was blocked with a nice layer of snow, something like 5cm deep. At first, we were very excited, started to take pictures and play with snow, then we realized that we have to pack our stuff in snow conditions, it’s not going to be fun! Our fingertips called for help! Everything was wet and cold! Hands were freezing and it was difficult to hold anything. After an hour and a half, we managed to put everything in waterproof backpack’s bags and left them outside, making our way quickly to the hut. Read the rest of the entry »



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Aug
18.

18.08.08 Askja
by Garik and Lena
  • Today we are going to Askja. The bus departures at 11:00 AM so we could afford ourselves to wake up late. Today we packed our stuff slowly, it took us about hour and a half. The night was pretty warm and in the morning, the midges were all over the place. We sat near the local supermarket, waiting for the bus. We ate our breakfast there and I had to buy myself another 2 Lt bottle of sparkling water, pear flavored. I must admit, I am addicted! Also I bought my self a bourekas with honey and walnuts, all for 450 ISK. While sitting there, I used the spare time to make calls to Landmannalaugar huts, ask if it is still possible to book for the next week trek in Landmannalaugar. Unfortunately, there was no room in the first hut, at the start point of Landmannalaugar trek… now, it is impossible to send our backpacks with the bus driver on Friday, as we’ll get there, we need the tent to pass the night outdoors. I called RE to ask them whether it is possible to send our backpacks the next day in the morning (more like as noon…) with a bus to Reykjavik and form there to Þórsmörk, before we start our trek. Their answer was that it shouldn’t be a problem, the cost will be proportional to the weight of the baggage. Pleased enough, I called the huts again and booked all nights in the trek except the night before the start of the trek, and including the last night, after we finish in Þórsmörk. The last hut is not where the bus stops, so we’ll have to walk the morning after, about half an hour to the bus station. I tried to pay with my credit card, but something was wrong, it couldn’t be accepted, so we payed with Lena’s. The vouchers will wait for us in the first hut in Landmannalaugar, all we have to do is to get inside and tell my name. It was a bit strange, the girl from the other side of the phone wanted to deliver me the vouchers that same day… she asked me where I am… so when I told her where am I and what am I going to do the next four days, she said I can get them there… strange… When I done with booking huts, I called my credit card company, to ask what’s wrong. I waited for 10 minutes before I was answered. Their answer was that no attempt to charge my credit card was reported. Well, I’ll have to try use it in some other place. Read the rest of the entry »



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