I have a classic photo for this theme, one that screams togetherness, as well as something that’s become something of a motto of mine. However, I’ve already posted it in my second ever blog post, and I think it’s a bit early to be repeating myself!
So I dug through my archives and found yet another from Iceland. This time, we’re near Landmannalaugar, the Jewel of Iceland, where multi-coloured mountains formed from millenia of volcanic activity steam with sulphur. This place is a hugely popular hiking area, but also barren of any human habitation aside from occasional summer facilities, spread at least day’s walk apart. Here, there is little but rocky wilderness punctuated by ancient volcanoes for miles and miles. The only access from civilisation to the closest camping ground with facilities is by 4 wheel drive jeep.
Except for these buses. These three old US army buses have been converted into mobile canteens for weary walkers, by a small company of Icelanders. Together they climb rocky roads and drive through rivers to reach the more distant parts of the hiking area, providing much-needed sustenance to overly ambitious hikers and those who just fancy some chocolate alike. What I find really ace about these busees is that they don’t charge exorbitant amounts for their wares; everything is a similar price to what you’d find in Reykjavik. In a land where every other vehicle is a huge 4WD with super high clearance, watching them make their slow and careful way along the rocky road, and later through a river, was a surreal sight.
These buses and the people who drive them are together to help each other through rough patches of land, in an area where the heavy snow and ice regularly destroys roads and signage. They are together with the walkers, who are experiencing the raw beauty of Iceland in the peace and quiet of their own footsteps, and will appreciate it all the more with a cold drink in their hands. They are together with Landmannalaugar, having become a vital part of every summer’s hiking and camping season.