Photos of a Mountain Summit – Skaftafell, Iceland

One of the pinch-me moments of my Iceland trip occurred in Skaftafell National Park. A hiker’s wonderland of waterfalls, glaciers, and mountains. I arrived expecting the same vistas I had already experienced elsewhere in Iceland and found myself immersed in a landscape far beyond my imaging.

I arrived on a unseasonally warm autumn day and the park was buzzing with energy – backpackers and hikers of all types (tent, camper, day hikers, bus groups) swarming the more popular trails. I lugged my pack up the steep bluff to my accommodation – Bölti Guesthouse – a farm perched far above the sandur, with vast views of the mountains, flood plain, and glaciers. The hiking community of the Bölti bunkhouses and the genial owner’s son, not to mention the most amazing sunset of my life   – all charmed me.

This photo slide show of Skaftafell and my summit hike with Kai, a fellow hiker, encapsulates everything I loved about my trip – the hiking, the camaraderie, the turbulent and foreboding Icelandic landscape, my perseverance to overcome my chronic pain, and the sweet moment when I perched on the summit of a mountain. Click on the link below to view.

Skaftafell National Park

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About chronictraveler

Chronic Traveler starts as a dream, one that I thought I had lost, but that has slowly changed into a mission to realize and live that dream every day. In December 2007 I became seriously ill and the doctors did not know what was causing my illness. I had to stop teaching as my life tumbled into a never-ending nightmare of doctors, hospitals and tests. Finally, in May 2008 I was diagnosed with a chronic condition - fibromyalgia. I was only 26 years old at the time. I have had to give up teaching, and now work part-time at a performing arts center as I learn how to manage my condition and improve my quality of life. What helped me through the months of uncertainty and sickness, and continues to inspire me, was a new focus on what truly mattered to me: family, friends, gardening, the arts, and especially travel. I have always fed my soul by traveling, ever since I first stepped off the plane at age 16 in Kathmandu, Nepal to help with an orphanage's building project. Meeting new people and experiencing how they live and how they view the world infuses my life with a richness I was so afraid I would lose when the doctor first said, "You have fibromyalgia". This blog is my story, as I begin to forge a new path. I am embracing my life as it is, with the fibromyalgia pain and fatigue, and learning to do what I love regardless. It may mean I have to go slower and take more naps or breaks! But I am determined to learn how to travel and experience the world, and hopefully what I learn will help others like me who believe their medical condition stands in the way of their travel dreams.
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