Crossing Iceland


In this ancient land of fire and ice, team Changing Earth will tackle a route across 137 miles of wilderness from the north of Iceland to the South. They’ll climb over 2600 feet on their first day out to reach the highlands, where winds commonly blow at 40 mph and up. They’ll then begin a trek by ski and snowshoe across an untamed and uninhabited landscape filled with desert, jagged peaks, volcanoes, ice caps, and hot springs.
Their mission? Document stories en route focused on how we find strength and purpose in an increasingly fragile, interconnected, and stressed world. They will visit schools and talk with residents in several Icelandic communities before and after the trek, learning about the social, economic, and environmental innovations spawned on this island of fire and ice, and how people adapt and find purpose even amidst constant change.
Modern technologies, including drones and virtual reality, will enable the team to capture the adventure, land, communities, and stories in extraordinary ways, and share the journey online in real time with students, teachers, and the general public. Schools around the world have access to the free online learning environment with activities and resources focused on science, technology, geography, and culture. There are also collaboration and interaction zones for students, a learning zone for the general public, and a free student management system for teachers.
The Changing Earth team’s first expedition, in April 2016, took the team across the far northern end of the Baffin Island in Canada. This second expedition begins in Akureyri, a small city in northern Iceland. From there, the team will travel out by ski and snowshoe, crossing the heart of Iceland, including Sprengisandur, an ancient route between the Hofsj√∂kull and Vatnaj√∂kull glaciers, to Landmannalaugar, an area rife with geothermal activity. This journey will take the team across challenging terrain, not easily accessible in winter. Their final destination is the capital city of Reykjavik.
Read the full press release, and follow along online. The adventure begins February 24, 2017!
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