Glacier hiking was among my favorite activities we did. Being on something as huge as a glacier made me see how small we really are. We wore crampons as we trekked our way up to the top. As we ascended to the top our guide gave us a ton of info on the glacier about how much it had decreased in the last 70 years , how global warming is really messing things up, and how dangerous a glacier can be.
After I my stint with National Geographic / G Adventures (If you’re looking for something that already has an itinerary I would recommend them VERY highly. Our guide, Gili, was so knowledgeable and patient with our entire group, however it was a bit costly.) I rented a car and drove 5 hours north to Akureyri. This was a lot of fun AND stressful. SADCars (these guys only rent cars in Iceland, BUT they’re the most affordable according to my research!) forgot to give me a GPS, so I was stuck with either following signs or using my phone for directions (occasionally stopping at gas stations for wifi and screen shotting the turn-by-turn directions). In true European style I got an itty-bitty car that was a stick shift, which I’m not completely comfortable with.
During my time up north I was able to meet with another Fund For Teachers Fellow named… wait for it…. Leif Voltz! Probably the best science teacher name ever known to mankind. MR. VOLTZ. We hiked and exchanged a wealth of knowledge for our classrooms. It’s so encouraging to connect with someone who has the same vision you do (a blog coming on this topic).
On my final day I snorkeled between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Currently they are moving further and further apart in this part of the world. The amount of clarity in the water was impeccable. And my lips almost froze off (the only part of my body exposed to water because I was wearing a dry suit) because we are basically in the Arctic Circle.
Thank you to everyone who read and followed along on my journey. Now time to implement my time/experiences/encounters with others in my classroom! Look for future blog posts about how that goes and more lessons learned from my travels!