On Sunday 27th July the Guides, Rangers and seven adult leaders met up at Gatwick airport in their matching pale tops ready to board a plane to Iceland! Eighteen months of fundraising over £11,000 had got us here and we were finally off.
We arrived in Iceland on Sunday afternoon and boarded a coach to the Scout centre. Upon arrival, we were then greeted by the wonderful centre staff with tea and biscuits.
The first thing that we noticed was that the shower block was a good walk down the hill from our bunk house, which at 7am in the cold Icelandic air was a challenge for some more than others. Then there was the fact that it never really got dark, just dim, and the sun rose at about 4am glaring through the windows. Then there were the midges. Hundreds of these small creatures descended each night and tried to get in your ears, in your eyes and mouth, all over your head. The camp site sold midge nets for your head at a cost of about £8, but being Guides we coped with just putting our hoods up, or making our own head gear with scarves and tights and sunglasses. By the end of the week, we had got used to all these things and it was then strange to come home to darkness and a shower that was not at the bottom of the garden! More »