Taking a trip of exotic hiking in Iceland

You have to walk quite a few miles, climb your share of hills and wear out an army’s stock of shoe leather before getting to the point of considering backpacking in Iceland.

Sixty-one-year-old Jim Foster, who refers to himself as a reformed attorney, has walked Patagonia, climbed Kilimanjaro, trekked New Zealand, backpacked the American west, and in 2007, hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail.

Consider him qualified to stand, and walk, on his own two feet anywhere he wants.

Foster and his friend, Paul Shaw, are just back from nine days of hiking and backpacking Iceland, aptly referred to as the Land of Fire and Ice. It may be one of the most volcanic places on Earth, glaciers are underfoot and geysers are regular occurrences. Foster and Shaw saw all of that.

In summer, daytime temperatures can reach 70 degrees and dip to 40 at night. Summer in Iceland also means just three hours of night-time. Foster says he and Shaw spent just the equivalent of a half-day on this trip, walking on snow or ice.

By contrast, in the winter months, there are three hours of daylight and in the upland areas, as expected, the combination of warm water and cold air produces lake effect heavy snowfall akin to that which roars off the Great Lakes of the U.S.

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