"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves." - Sir Edmund Hillary
MOUNT ELGON, UGANDA
Iceland has long been a fascination of many women and men with its harsh volcanic landscape and blue glaciers. A land of fire and ice.
Iceland has however changed drastically over the last few years with the impact of climate change, melting its glaciers, warming the ocean which in turn destroys the unique subarctic ecosystem.
Our next adventure will lead us on an unsupported coast to coast expedition from the most southern point at Dyrhólaey to Rifstangi in the north. The expedition will see us navigate glaciers, mountains, lava fields and the infamous highlands.
Distance: +- 600 km
Type of environment: Arctic desert punctuated by mountains, glaciers, geysers, hot springs, volcanoes and waterfalls.
Mt. Elgon is one of the jewels of East Africa with the largest caldera in the world. An extinct shield volcano with, It has long served as a spiritual icon for the surrounding villages, its rich volcanic soil supporting thousands of locals with food and coffee crops.
We set off in January 2019 on a supported expedition to reach the peak of the volcanic range, Wagagai, sitting at 4321m above sea-level overlooking Uganda to the west and Kenya to the east. Our team consisted of a Finn, Swede, Dane, South African, Venezuelan and two local Ugandan guards.
We managed to scale the mountain in only 3 days.
Type of environment: Thick forests, alpine landscape and exposed volcanic rocks.