We're off to the glacier!

The truck and trailer loaded with sledges for the glacier.

The truck and trailer loaded with sledges for the glacier.

With sledges packed we loaded truck and trailer to the brim and headed into the interior of Iceland to Langjokull, one of Iceland's (and Europe's) largest glaciers. We travelled along a rough 4WD track called Kaldidalur (Cold Valley) until we were finally at the ice edge.

For many team members seeing this much snow and ice was a forst and there was a lot of surprised discussion about how blue the glacier ice was - particularly in areas where heavy crevassing was visible.

The teams first campsite, right on the top of the glacier

The teams first campsite, right on the top of the glacier

The ice edge was very slippery so we travelled higher up onto the top of the glacier where there was a thicker covering of snow. Unfortunately there was also a thicker covering of cloud. We pitched our tents in a bubble of white and there was so little to see that we could have been stood anywhere!

Ski lesson in the dark!

Ski lesson in the dark!

There was a lot of wind and a lot of snow which made it feel very cold - but this didn't stop the team having their first ski lesson. Even when darkness fell, the team ventured out by the light of the trucks headlights and their own headlamps. Everyone was cold and wet by the time they crawled back into the tents ready for their first night on ice.....