The next day I had to get up to the glacier in order to set up my tent more or less directly in front of the glacier to have a chance to rest prior to start for the most exciting part of my journey: crossing the central mountain range along the glaciers, a journey, which I estimated to be around 27-30km.
Early in the morning the sun rose and heated up my tent what caused me to get up quite early. I enjoyed the morning. The day started with the usual procedure of making and eating food, watching the spectacular scenery with glaciers topping the mountains and glacier tongues reaching into the island’s central valleys. I spent a lot of time studying the map and comparing the findings with what could see in reality.
This morning as the sun was shining, dry firewood was available. I decided to prepare my food above open fire and so I did. I started a small fire from small pieces of wood and warmed up some water, made some coffee and then after spaghetti with a sauce prepared of corned beef and tomato concentrate.
The tender smell of burning fire made that meal particularly delicious and enjoying. Todays trip would be rather short one, just about 10-15km. That in mind there was no need for hurrying up and the pace of every single activity went down, everything done was done in patience and in a spirit of enjoying the very moment.
I packed my tent, stopping every now and then and taking the time doing this and that, looking around, checking the maps again, comparing every little detail of the map with what could be seen. The total silence, the friendly weather, the sun shining, and with no wind the smoke from the fire going up straight into the air, the great scenery around words cannot describe the satisfaction and peacefulness I felt.