Ark of the World Charity - Iceland Challenge
The challenge of trekking in southern Iceland has been completed and the amount of 8.050€ has been raised as a donation to the Ark of the World Charity – Kivotos tou Kosmou.
A big thank you to all those that have contributed and supported this cause from the Andriaki team!!!
Stavroula E., Georgia T. and Eftychia P. completed three days of trekking through geothermal valleys and mountain terrain, slept in huts miles from any towns and were rewarded with sights of the stunning Northern Lights. A great experience for a very worthwhile cause!!!
Here are their testimonials:
“The Iceland Challenge was an adventure while fundraising for a worthy cause. Our main task was to raise some needed funds for a worthy cause. A charity challenge is to bring a community together for a common cause and in this case it was Andriaki team working together in order to raise money for charity. With the help of our inner circles, colleagues and associates we made it happen.
The challenge itself, trekking in Iceland and seeing the Northern lights was a bonus and a hurdle that pushed me to my limits, adding benefit for personal development and character building.
For me personally it was an invigorating experience that I will never forget. Going beyond my comfort zone made me experience something truly special and all for a great cause.”
What a wonderful experience!
Above and beyond the walking or hiking you might normally undertake, the daily distances were not huge - just 7 hours daily - but the terrain was very challenging, with steep climbs and rough descents and even though the temperatures were not particularly low, the elements were also a factor. The hike was well paced and you felt very safe throughout. We were accompanied by professional Icelandic guides, Þóra Jóhanna, Jón and Gróa, who enthralled us with stories of Iceland and were funny, patient, knowledgeable and all around incredible.
An expedition doctor accompanied the group which was reassuring as I was falling flat on my face every 100m!!! J We spent the nights in hostel-style huts, in dormitory rooms shared with up to 6 others on the trek. Our luggage was left at the camp, so we hiked with day packs only. We ate well, saw awe-inspiring views at every step and enjoyed great Icelandic hospitality. November is Northern lights season, so with dark skies and without light pollution, sightings of this magnificent spectacle was made possible!
The 3 day trek in South Iceland was fabulously scenic and diverse. Every night one’s head was reeling with what one had seen. What more can I say?? It was an experience I will never forget!”
“My stay in Ulfljotsvatn, Southern Iceland was an amazing experience as it was the first time that I participated in a trekking challenge.
We stayed in huts, miles away from the nearest big town, in the northernmost national scout center in the world. It was a beautiful area known for its hiking.
During the night we were lucky enough to watch the Northern Lights, known as Aurora Borealis, appearing in many colors, most commonly pale green and pink.
We explored the region of Pingvallavath, the largest natural lake in Iceland, we walked near the small town Hveragerdi, known for its hot springs and fumaroles and climbed up into the hills and got to see hot springs, geysers and waterfalls around the Geothermal Valley.
The end of our long journey was celebrated in “Harpa”, a most famous Concert Hall in Reykjavik with traditional Icelandic dishes served in an innovative way.
I really enjoyed this challenge and I feel very fortunate to have won this trip.”