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Weary Trekkers Hit Reykjavik

By Phil on 2015.08.26 In Iceland

Well after months of build up and practice wild camps we finally arrived in Iceland.  
We had a very early flight from Manchester, which meant we had be up and at airport for 04:45. The good thing was it meant we arrived in Reykjavik at 08:30 and had the full day to explore the city.Despite the Beardy Trekkers (our team name for this trek) feeling more like the Weary Trekkers, we made full use of our time in Reykjavik, with half of us taking the the more cultured option while the other half decided to hire Segways to see the city.

   

 The last time I was here was 7 years ago in the winter and the city was covered in snow, so it was great to see it in the summer and looked just as stunning as I remembered.  
We were staying in the backpackers hostel right in the city and is known as one of the best hostels in the world apparently.

Iceland is known to be expensive for beer but luckily for us our hostel bar had a happy hour from 4-6, which of course we made the most of and the beers only cost us around £3:50 as opposed to normal £6.

  
I then arranged to meet up with my mate and fellow Fjällräven Polar UK winner Charlie and Stefan who have planned our Icelandic adventure and to introduce my team of Weary Beardy Trekkers.

  
This morning we walked to the Reykjavik camp site to meet Charlie and the rest of our much larger party of 30, including film and photography crew, with some of them attempting to win a place on Charlie, Stefan, Angus and Archie’s winter attempt to be the first recorded unsupported crossing of Iceland from North to South.

  
I told Charlie earlier this year about me organising a trek for my group of friends to Iceland this summer and he invited us to join his team on their summer reccy trip, which we gladly accepted. This allowed us to take advantage of his Icelandic connections and save us nearly £800 a person which we would have paid if we had used an expedition company.

Please checkout Charlie and his teams website about The Coldest Crossing here at ww.thecoldestcrossing.com #thecoldestcrossing

We are now on the bus to our first camp before we start the Landmannalagar trek. We have just this minute drove across an area created by the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010   

 

  

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Welcome to my blog about hiking, trekking, Fjällräven Polar 2014, in fact anything where you require boots and the outdoors.

My name is Phil, and following my outdoor epiphany which started in the summer of 2012 I’m now hooked on everything outdoors. So far my biggest treks have included the 250km Cathar Way, the 170km Tour du Mont Blanc and best of all, winning 1st place to take part in the Fjällräven Polar in April 2014.

I plan to use this blog to write about all my adventures, which will include my personal goal of becoming a Munroist (completing all 282 Scottish Munro mountains), summer treks, weekends in the Lakes and many more.

I like to try and make my blog posts humorous so I hope you enjoy reading and that I can put a smile on people’s faces while showing you some amazing places.

If you have any questions about the blog or the places I'm writing about, don't hesitate to contact me on: phil@philyourboots.com

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