I didn’t plan to go to Iceland this year but an opportunity arose that I couldn’t miss.
Lisa, my girlfriend and partner in crime, volunteered with Thórsmörk Trail Volunteers last year. She spent 6-weeks in Thórsmörk National Park repairing the many paths through the mountains. Thórsmörk is the park where the unpronounceable volcano (Eyjafjallajökull, or AY-uh-fyat-luh-YOE-kuutl) erupted in 2010.
The landscape is formed by contrasting elements of fire and ice. The sudden ferocity of volcanic eruptions and the slow grind of glaciers, stained black with ash, have shaped this island. They have done a spectacular job and the scenery takes your breath away.
Lisa was invited back for a week to test the volunteers guidebook and training. She will be expected to work and give feedback on the training materials. All food, transport and accommodation in forestry huts are provided. All she needed to pay for were flights. I didn’t want to miss out on the chance of a cheap adventure, so invited myself along too.
I visited Lisa last year and wrote a short post on it here. This year we are not sure where we’ll stay. The Snow at Thórsmörk is too deep for us to access the trails and the melt water from the glaciers forms torrents that flow down the valleys making the rivers too dangerous to cross.
I do know that we’ll be ordering some hotdogs from possibly the best hotdog stand in the world, Baejarins Beztu Pylsur. If Bill Clinton liked them, then they’ll do for Lisa and me. Besides, at £3.50 per dog, they are the cheapest food you can buy.