UN-GLACIER TOUR 2019
Many tourists in Iceland are enchanted by the opportunity to walk across glaciers or thrilled to snowmobile across them. The Un-glacier Tour—the only one in the world—is different. It is a guided hike to the top of Ok mountain and an opportunity to see the glacial remains of Okjökull (Ok glacier) before this thin bit of ice disappears entirely. As anthropogenic climate change drives glaciers toward extinction, the Un-glacier Tour is meant to be a reckoning with glacial demise as well as a celebration of glacial life. From the top of Ok mountain, it is possible to see three other spectacular glaciers and a shield volcano.
On the Un-glacier Tour II--Sunday, August 18, 2019--we will install a memorial plaque atop Ok mountain to commemorate the site where Ok glacier once was. The memorial marker, with words authored by one of Iceland’s most prominent writers, Andri Snaer Magnason, will be the world's first monument to a glacier-that-was: a modest recognition of a body of ice that once moved, but that now exists only in the form of what Icelandic glaciologists call "dead ice."
The public is welcome to join us for the Un-glacier Tour II when we will install a memorial marker to the fallen Okjökull, on a rock, at the top of Ok mountain at the following coordinates:N 64°35.498' W 020°52.253’ -------- At 11.00 on Sunday, August 18, 2019 we will have remarks from officials at the base of Ok mountain at the following coordinates: Kaldidalur (Hwy 550) N 64°34.560' W 020°48.329' Those coming in their own vehicles should park near the above coordinates on the Kaldidalur. At about 11.30 we will begin our ascent up the mountain, arriving to the memorial stone around 14.00-14.30. There, we will have a handful of brief remarks (by Oddur Sigurðsson, Dominic Boyer, Andri Snær Magnason and Cymene Howe); we will then install the memorial plaque. Depending on timing and conditions, we will then return to the parking area and vehicles, or some may ascend further to the very top of the crest.IMPORTANT INFORMATION: - There is no trail on Ok mountain and the terrain is very rocky. Be prepared to walk over rocks the entire time. - It is imperative that all hikers have the proper gear: hiking boots, warm and weatherproof clothing. - There are no facilities on Ok mountain (no toilet, water, shelter, etc.) or at the parking spot. Please be prepared with all of your water, food, gear and the like. - Everyone must be responsible for their own safety! We do not anyone to get hurt or lost. A GPS is highly recommended. We encourage everyone to stay with the larger group and to walk very carefully up and down the mountain. NOW, LET’S COMMEMORATE OUR FALLEN COMRADE, OKJÖKULL!!!