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An Adventure Where the Unexpected Should be Expected

Discovering who you are can happen on the road or when you least expect it. Planning an adventure trip can be rewarding and stressful at the same time, and things can quickly go awry when the unexpected happens. Case in point—our recent trip to Iceland.

My husband, Andy, and I decided to do a nine-day Icelandic adventure trip. We planned to circumnavigate the country via a new ’19 Suzuki Jimny 4x4 as our transportation and our MSR Hubba Tour 3 ground tent as our shelter. We also brought along a condensed camp/mess kit. We planned this trip quickly, but packed supplies carefully. Although we didn’t know many areas to visit yet in this wild island nation, we knew the country was extremely scenic and beautiful. So, we packed up our gear and headed over for a trip we soon wouldn’t forget.

Iceland in July is normally cooler than what we experience in the States during summer, but it is considered one of the warmest months in the land of fire and ice. Temps don’t get much above 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 degrees Celsius) or so. In fact, the record for the hottest day in the country’s history topped out at a whopping 86.9° F in 1939. Overnight temperatures graze the upper 40s to low 50s. Not too bad. We’re Oregonians; we have layers. We’re used to camping in many types of weather, so we packed layers and brought our puffy down jackets and Gore-Tex rain slickers—just in case.

A highlight of the trip was a Zodiac tour of Jökulsárlón, a glacial lake filled with icebergs.
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