Mountain Babes get Extreme in Iceland
Words by MCIntensity
Iceland is a rad place that seems to get overlooked. Talk about hot rivers, geysers, hot pots (geothermal pools), basalt columns, black sand beaches, waterfalls, glaciers, mountains, ocean, wild horses, and island life. It has it all and its natural beauty will take your breath away every single day you are here. Everything about it is unique from its people to the food and of course the amazing Icelandic sweaters (see picture below).
It’s a great place for exploring and I can promise you will see things you have never seen before. This adventure is not solely mountain based, it also includes an academic background and there we are four of twelve studying abroad here for three weeks. Due to the nature of this research based course, I came across some good old local folklore (by this I mean Wikipedia of course). Icelanders have a national “Lady of the Mountain” figurehead. According to the good old folk lore of Wikipedia Fjallkonan, is the “female incarnation of Iceland. She is genuine and purely Icelandic, representing the independence that Iceland strives to maintain. Basically she is a total badass and as I hiked through the back roads of Hverageroi I knew Fjallkonan was sending the vibes and I knew it was time for three new wolves to be added to the pack.
Boreala, Aurora, and Pipes (new wolf names of course) were a hundred percent down, and before I knew it we were all naked in the wind. As we let our free spirits fly, Boreala starts laughing at a gentleman gawking at us from below. Screaming she proclaims that “this guy must be having the time of his life…” Seconds later the realization that this is one of our professors sets in and we are all laughing and scrambling for our clothes.
We hope this adventure may have earned us an A in our course and it was definitely and experience we will remember for the rest of our lives. Welcome to the pack ladies.
Icelandic Lady of the Mountain