Akureyri is the second largest city in Iceland, though its population is only about 20,000. It serves as an important port and fishing center.
While in Akureyri, we visited with Erlendur Bogason at his dive center, Strýtan Divecenter, just north of town. Erlendur is a master diver and photographer who captures the underwater environment in Iceland’s geothermal pools and other waters. He is a strong advocate for protecting the world under the sea. He also leads researchers and visitors to Iceland on dives to some of the most unique underwater environments found anywhere on the planet. View a video clip from our interview with Erlendur.
We also visited a school in the small town of Sauðárkrókur. Árskóli Sauðárkróki serves 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. View a video clip from our interview with Ingvi.
We then prepped gear and headed out of town to begin our trek south!