Travel day arrived at last! Navigating the airport and baggage check-in with all our gear, especially our pulks, is always a challenge. Onlookers watch in fascination and often approach us with questions, wondering what the pulks are and where we are heading. The airline agents often look at us with trepidation, but become fast friends with the team by the time the check-in process is all done.
The team traveled via Iceland Air from Minneapolis to Reykjavik, where we met with local guides at Icelandic Mountain Guides who sat down with us with maps to give us tips on the route we’re planning to take for the trek. They also grabbed all our big gear to transport for us up to Akureyri, from where we’ll start our trek on Tuesday. Many thanks to Einar and Björgvin, who have gone out of their way to help us out.
From Reykjavik we took a flight to Akureyri in the north, and are currently settled in a beautiful traditional Iceland timber house, our basecamp for the next few days to prep gear and capture some local interviews.