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Seventh day: Flying over Iceland, glaciers, volcanoes and lakes all the way to Reykjavik

…on Wednesday we flew over Iceland and passed over the biggest glacier in Europe. We intended to approach the volcano that was active in 2010 in the southern part of the island, but the forecast failed and when we reached the area we were met with development clouds that generated some ice, so we couldn’t see it.

However, we enjoyed good visibility at certain points that let us admire the power of these magically multicolored harsh volcanic landscapes where the water thawed from the glacier runs happily in countless waterfalls, lakes, brooks and creeks.

We plan to stay in Reykjavik until Saturday to do the first interviews on climate change.

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More on the sixth day: Compulsory recovery after the great crossing

Monday 25th crossing lasted a bit more than 6 hours, but it began at 6 p.m. after spending the day at Wick airport, Scotland, keeping an eye on the weather conditions.

We located two American pilots who were just back from Keflavik and shared with us all kinds of detailed information on their crossing, with the proviso that they were using a 6-cylinder engine, big turbocharged cylinders which enabled them to fly above the clouds, and we weren’t.

All this to say that when we got up on Tuesday to go to Egilsstadir airport the three of us (we two and Harro) showed clear signs of tiredness. We had slept well but it seems the fact that it doesn’t get dark at night shortened our sleep time. We left Heidi‘s little motel (in the middle of green field) and went to the airport in search of good weather conditions that enabled us to go to Reykjavik.

The island’s weather usually follows an alternate pattern, i.e. when it is fine West, it’s bad East, and vice versa, so you need to look for the transition moment to operate on both sides.

In Reykjavik the Spanish Consulate (Pablo‘s contacts from when he came a few weeks ago for his piano concert) will arrange for us a visit to a magnificent research center on the effects of climate change and its origins. It’s a visit we hope to carry out for the longest possible time we are allowed.

We spent the day at the airport, fiddling with the trunk and the pile of bags, labeled according to their use, packing the emergency equipment we had used for the crossing, making small repairs to the plane, and finally refilling the oil and about 200 liters of fuel, which is what we used up during the crossing – slightly more than 30 liters per hour.

People in these surroundings are extremely nice and willing to help in everything; they smile readily even if they can’t say a word in a foreign language.

Late the evening, Benini, the owner of the motel, who works as a controller at the tower, came to pick us up so we could call it off for the day and buy something to have for dinner outside our rooms in the field.

Today, Wednesday, more rested, we will give it another try.

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Sixth day: In eastern Iceland, where shadows are long at midnight

Today, Tuesday, we have woken up in Iceland. We have slept in a three-room hotel, in the middle of the valley formed by the estuary. There’s hardly any traffic here.

It’s a beautiful day, the Sun shines between the clouds and we are wearing the quality wool undershirts we rightly put in our baggage.

Crossing the ocean has been incredible. The only problem is we can never be certain of the weather conditions. These are unknown and changeable places. Serious trouble can happen here at low altitudes.

We did the crossing at 3,000 feet and Harro a bit higher. We have flown along the coast of the Faroe Islands.

The airport where we landed is near the east coast. It’s called Egilsstaðir, surrounded by snowy mountains and half way into the estuary. The local newspaper took a picture of us when we arrived.

We arrived past midnight and the Sun was shining bright creating a very long shadow. Only, our bodies were longing for the horizontal position.

The place we are at is pure green landscape, snowy mountains and nice people. If the weather is ok, we will leave for Reykjavik today.

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