Why this love affair with cold northern places?

I am not going to turn this into a dreary self reflecting monologue, which is a terrible way to start a blog, but suffice to say there are many things that have inspired me to take this trip.

A background of study and fieldwork in Environmental Archaeology, Conservation and Environmental Policy, Parents who inspired a love of the outdoors and hiking, and a passion for Photography are the main factors, but there is much more to it and some of the other reasons will I’m sure become clear during the course of this blog.

As for the name of this site …

Flóki Vilgerðarson (b. 9th century) was the first Norseman to deliberately sail to Iceland. His story is documented in the Landnámabók manuscript. He heard good news of a new land to the west, then known as Garðarshólmi.

He wanted to settle in this new land and so he took his family and livestock with him. From Western Norway he set sail to the Shetland Islands where it is said his daughter drowned. He continued his journey and landed in the Faroe Islands where another of his daughters was wed. There he took three ravens to help him find his way to Iceland, and thus, he was nicknamed Raven-Floki (Norse and Icelandic: Hrafna-Flóki) and he is commonly remembered by that name.

After sailing for a while from the Faroes, Floki set one of the ravens free. The first raven flew back to the Faroes; later, the second flew up in the air and back on board, but the third flew northwest and did not return. Floki now knew they were close to land, and so they followed the third raven.

From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hrafna-Fl%C3%B3ki_Vilger%C3%B0arson

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