I was privileged to travel to Reykjavik in August of 2013 with Canada’s Team Diabetes to participate in the Conquer the Crater Hike.  It followed the (Fimmvörðuháls) 5 Cairns Pass Trail which ends between two volcanoes, (Eyjafjallajökull [E-15] and Mýrdalsjökull).  The 2010 volcanic eruption created two new craters named Magni and Móðiin (Sons of Thor – Gods of Thunder).

Hiking in Iceland

There is a lot of hiking to do in Iceland!  List of Hikes in Iceland

Snæfellsjökull – I can’t imagine how exciting it would be to hike around this mountain.  It is the setting for Jules Verne’s book “A Journey to the Centre of the Earth” and where the entrance to the passage leading to the centre of the earth is found.

“That is Snæfellsjökull a mountain about five thousand feet in height, one of the most remarkable in the whole island, and certainly doomed to be the most celebrated in the world, for through its crater we shall reach the centre of the earth.”

My Hike!

Conquer the Crater was my very first big all-day hike and my first time travelling (non-work) all by myself and I loved every second of it.  It rained, I was drenched and I didn’t care!  Iceland is beautiful!

These views – wow!


In the volcanic rocks!

Hiking in Iceland
Hiking in Iceland
Hiking in the Lava Rock, Iceland
Hiking in the Lava Rock, Iceland

Playing in the snow!

Hiking in the Snow, Iceland
Hiking in the Snow, Iceland


Blinded by the sun, but a rainbow was out!


There are a lot of pictures in this slideshow!

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About Team Diabetes – I am a proud supporter of the Canadian Diabetes Association.  My young man was diagnosed with Type 1 when he was just 8 years old and I’m optimistic that we will find a cure in his lifetime.




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