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Introductory Blog!!

Hello there Iceland Fire & Ice participants, welcome to our official Iceland Fire & Ice blog! We could not be more excited to kick off this trip in just a few short days! Waterfalls, Icelandic lore, glaciers, whales, and more await us as we get ready for this expedition of a lifetime. We (Maddie & Casey; your trip leaders) cannot wait to hop on our flights, meet our local guides and get some pre trip scouting done. We’re so pumped to share and lead in this experience, and in the meantime, we’d love to share a little bit about ourselves with y’all!

Howdy y’all! This is Casey here. I’m so stoked to embark on this journey with y’all. I’ve always taken a special liking to Nordic culture and Iceland’s epic topography, so the opportunity to lead this trip is something I am very grateful for. When I’m not at Bold Earth I am teaching 1st – 3rd grade at a Montessori school in Bend, Oregon where I love to live! I’ve been in Bend since the pandemic started in the spring of 2020 and have enjoyed the skiing, hiking, and swimming that central Oregon gives such awesome easy access to. Lately in my free time I’ve been learning how to disc golf and fish, both of which I would still consider myself fairly novice in (but we’re getting there). I also love to read, play board games, and cook! I hope to share my love for all three of those things with those of y’all joining us on the trip! On the trip, I’m most looking forward to the whale watching (I’ve never seen a whale before) and the Laugavegur trail which I’ve heard is among the most aesthetic treks in the entire world. I love engaging in the outdoors and I can’t wait to be in these special places with you all!

Hey! This is Maddie, I am from upstate New York, and have enjoyed living in the Lake Placid area for the majority of my life. I currently go to Paul Smiths College, and study Outdoor Education and Leadership. When I’m not in school, backpacking, skiing and mountain biking take up the majority of my time. I believe one of the best parts of life is sharing the outdoors and new experiences with others. I have some major stoke for this trip, and am especially excited to watch students push themselves on the Laugavegur Trail. I can’t wait to meet everybody, put faces to names, and share some epic memories with some amazing people!

Thanks for reading y’all! Please be on the lookout for our second blog which will have more explicit instructions about airport day and will be posted once we’re in Iceland! We will be flying out of Denver International on the evening of June 27th, so if you can’t get ahold of us then that is why! Any urgent questions can be directed to our office team that you’ve all been in contact with, or we will answer them as soon as possible when we touch down in Reykjavik! Feel free to contact through iMessage or WhatsApp or FaceTime Audio. Preferred contact once we are in Iceland is definitely WhatsApp! Please ask us or the office if you are unfamiliar with the app’s interface, or any other questions! See you all so soon!

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