A harrowing drive and an inspirational school visit
Two things we learned today about driving in Iceland: (1) the weather changes quickly, with conditions on one side of a mountain pass sometimes completely the opposite from the other, and (2) the drivers in Iceland are fearless and bold even in conditions that are downright scary. The team drove through snow, strong winds, and white-out conditions over a mountain pass today, traveling an hour and a half from Akureyri, where we’re based at the moment, to the small town of Sauðárkrókur. In Sauðárkrókur, we visited the Árskóli Sauðárkróki, a school serving students ages 6 to 16. We were invited there by Ingvi Hrannar Ómarsson, the chief innovation officer for the school.
Ingvi shared that the school is the first in Iceland to initiate a one-to-one iPad policy, along with numerous other technology initiatives. We visited several classrooms, and observed the students working in small groups using a small Sphero-like robot to identify verb forms. We learned schools in Iceland usually wrap up by 1pm to allow students to then participate in sports and other activities. Be on the lookout for our video showcasing the school and our interview with Ingvi soon!
During our drive home, before we again hit white-conditions in the mountain pass, we had the opportunity to capture some very cool drone footage (to be shared with you soon). The team then hit the ground running once we got back to our Akureyri basecamp, sorting and loading all our gear in our pulks. We are more than excited to head out on the trail tomorrow!