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24.08.08 – Hrafntinnusker – Álftavatn [day 2]
By Garik and Lena

  • The clock rang at 0700AM and woke up some of  the snoring people in the hut. Some kept sleeping, some started to pack their stuff, and some went to the kitchen to make breakfast. So did we! We packed our stuff quite quickly and ate a small breakfast. We cleaned a bit the table where we ate, we planned to clean the floor too, but the warden told us that he will do it. Sorry… our dirty bags made such a mess… During the night we woke up for a moment because we heard noise coming from the entrance. At the morning we realized that those were two French girls, they got lost on their way and arrived at the small hours of a night… Wow…  Read the rest of the entry »

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23.08.08 – Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker [day 1]
By Garik and Lena

  • We woke up for a rainy day. At some point when we were still in our sleeping bags, Lena heard some noises and thought that it’s snow… well this time it was mud. It was very difficult to pack our stuff today because of the rain, wind and mud. We had to separate our stuff between two bags, the one I’m taking on me with sleeping bags and the second one that we were going to send to Þórsmörk. Also we had to pack all the food and water with Lena’s clothes in her smaller 26L bag that she will carry during the trek. We finished packing around 09:00AM and we thought it would be nice to start the trek early. We looked for the local warden to leave him our bag, but we couldn’t find him. So we sat and waited. As time passed, Lena decided to stay till the bus to Reykjavik will arrive, so we can be sure our bag is on the right bus. And so we waited with two French girls who wanted to send their bags as well. At 12:00 AM we went to the green old bus that stands in the camping area, the bus is there for all the summer, selling coffee, sandwiches etc…. We bought two milk chocolate drinks for 400 ISK; we sat in the bus and warmed. When it was over 12:45 we got worried about our bus. At 13:15 we asked the warden whether she know something about the delay of the bus… Right after that, we saw a bus coming, but it was not our bus… This is a bus from Skaftafell to Landmannalaugar and back… we still had to wait. Some people from this bus are heading to Reykjavik, so they stayed waiting with us for the next bus to arrive. We were lucky though, the driver of the bus that just came agreed to take care of our bags, so we can go on to start the trek. We were really concerned about when we start the trek, we knew that the first day is a short one, but we didn’t want to be off schedule… As for the payment – the bus driver told that we will pay at the pickup point. So we started our trek at 13:50, with rain on us and not wearing waterproof pants… bad idea! Read the rest of the entry »

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