July 2, 2022
Hello from beautiful, sunny Iceland! We woke up this morning to blue skies and sunshine! The past few days have been a blast, and we are so excited to share some of the highlights with all of you.
Before starting our trekking section, we were able to stop at a huge waterfall which Walker B. described as “so sick” and Bradley followed up with “it’s like Disney World for fish!” The next stop was the black sand beach where Fox, James and Walker B. turned into spider monkeys and climbed up the rocks and into the caves. After a day full of sight seeing, we began our trek in the afternoon. On our way to our home for the night, we had to cross a chilly river. The group handled their first river crossing like champs! Fox even said it was his favorite part of the trip so far! Once we were settled into the campsite, a few brave souls decided to venture down to a stream for a polar plunge! Walker B, Walker V, Will, Thomas, James, and Ava all jumped into the glacier run off while the rest of us cheered them on! By this time, all the girls were sporting French and Dutch braids courtesy of Cora and Lillian.
Our second day of trekking was the most challenging, but Baker and I are so proud of how the group faced the 13 miles of trekking and unexpected weather! Sadie kept the spirits high by sharing on of her favorite sayings, “we can do hard things!” She has continued to share this with the group when things are difficult and we are all so appreciative of her wise words and positive attitude. After a long day trekking over snow covered mountains, we were greeted by our favorite Icelandic dog, Hekla and a warm hut! We all dried off and warmed up and even we’re lucky enough to hear Lila sing and play the guitar! We enjoyed soup in front of the heater and all slept so well in the bunk room upstairs! It was just what we all needed!
The next three days were full of trekking, trail songs, and long evenings in our big blue tent! Each trek was led by our amazing Icelandic guide, Diddi! Most of the the time you could find Thomas and Ava running ahead full of energy and excitement! The best part of our third day of trekking was a snow slide! At first we thought Diddi had slipped down the hill, but it was actually the start to a huge snow hill that we all slid down smiling and laughing!
Once we arrived at our campsites each afternoon, we would sit around the table in the warm cooking tent listening to music. The evening hours were filled with singing, guitar playing, and lots of bracelet making, shout-out MB! We are all in awe of the amazing views, and Baker and I are in awe of all of your awesome kids! This group has bonded so much over the past week and we are having so much fun!
Time is flying by, and we can’t wait for the rest of the trip!
-Hailey and Baker
Here are a few words from our crew:
Bradley: hey Maggie! Iceland is really cool. I love it and I’m having so much fun.
MB: hey! Iceland is great and I’m having so much fun! I’m doing great.
Ava: hi it’s super fun and the people are great. Hi Ethan! Have fun in Canada!
Walker V: hi it’s awesome here and everyone is great. I miss you.
Will: I bet y’all are so jealous rn
Sadie: iceland is so great!!! But the people are even better I love you both! I miss you too!
Cora: Hi! Iceland is amazing,thank you so much for letting me come! Love you, Hi Alison!!
Lillian: hi! Having tons of fun! Miss y’all!
Thomas: very fun, love the food but my feet r cold
Fox: it’s a lot of fun. Love and miss you guys. I hiked about 40 miles.
Walker B: I’m having a fun time. Miss you guys.
Lila: I’m having a really good time! It’s very beautiful and all of the people here are very nice!
James: I’m having such an amazing time! I can’t wait to see you when I get home! Give Skipper some hugs for me!!
June 27, 2022
Hello from Iceland!!!
We are all so excited to be here! Our journey began at JFK where this group quickly went from strangers to friends! Sadie was the first to arrive at the airport and was immediately the best helper as she helped Hailey welcome all of our new friends. The group showed their team work early on as Walker V. and Will led many members of our group as they built a Lego pirate ship! Everyone was able to get a little bit of shut eye on the plane ride over to Reykjavik! It was a breeze to get through airport in Reykjavik and we finally got to be one completed group when we met up with Baker and Ava, who had arrived just an hour earlier from Colorado! And just like that, we were off on our first adventure, The Lava Cave!! Walker B. and James were our spider monkeys as they climbed up and around the cave to explore ahead of the group! Thomas and Baker were able to warm up after the cave by sipping on some yummy hot chocolate, the first of many for this trip! The girls all lined up to see who was the tallest and Bradley took the cake on this one, even though Lila and Sadie were close seconds.
From there, we headed straight to the blue lagoon which was a hit for the whole group!! Baker, Walker V., Will and the girls played two truths in a lie in the cave sauna and Walker V. was able to stay in the sauna the longest! Fox and Sarah were the first ones to get an Icelandic souvenir at the Blue Lagoon gift shop! We can’t wait to see what souvenirs everyone else picks to bring back home! We had PB&Js for lunch and Thomas was so helpful in packing up lunch, he even cleaned up the jelly that I accidentally kept dripping everywhere.
At the hostel, Mary Brooks revealed all of the friendship bracelet string she brought for the group! A crowd pleaser! Everyone is so excited to make bracelets for themselves and each other throughout the trip. We had our first Moonup of the trip. Moonup is a special tradition on Moondance trips where the group gathers each evening to reflect on the experiences of the day, get to know each other better through both thought provoking and silly questions and look forward to the journeys that the next day will bring. Thomas and Ava were named our first LODs (leader of the day) and we can’t wait to watch them lead our crew through the day ahead of us.
We are in our comfy van and headed on our trekking section in the highlands of Iceland. Cora is braiding Lillian’s hair and has a long line of other customers waiting to get their French braids for days of trekking ahead.
We are so excited to continue this trip with such an awesome group of kids! Thank you for sharing them with us for these two weeks!
Best, Baker and Hailey
June 26, 2022
Hello Iceland 2B Families!
We just heard from our leaders that the group has landed safely in Iceland. The trip is off to a great start, and we cannot wait to hear more stories from their adventure.
Please remember our leaders and students will be unplugged during their trips but we will be posting up to three trip updates throughout the next couple of weeks! This will allow you to follow along with the trip and the students will also give a special shout out mid-way through! You can also follow us on Instagram, @moondanceadventures, to see more of what we are up to this summer!