Once you've taken a trip with an organization, you can be sure that every week or so there will be an enticing brochure in the mailbox describing upcoming programs. We ignore most of these, but one that showed up in late 2015 described an upcoming adventure with Stanford Alumni and Zegrahm Expeditions. The destinations were Iceland, home of the famed Icelandic horse, and Greenland. Sign us up!

Early on I decided that a day of riding was mandatory. There were numerous riding programs offered on the WWW. Since I had no way to identify which was the best, I asked the folks at Zegrahm to set it up. They made a great choice!

After several months of anticipation, we headed out on 26 July for our latest adventure. I've cribbed the map from the Zegrahm web site lest they eventually take down the page on this trip. It gives an overview of our itinerary:

The Untamed North

There are a couple of ways to follow us on our trip. I've tried to make the narrative a complete summary, but I've used many links to other web sites to provide additional details and sometimes pictures. You can either stick with the basic narrative or explore the various links. At the time this album was created the links were all valid, but the WWW is in constant flux and that can change. If you encounter broken links, please send us some email.

Before I begin, a comment on language. Usually I make it a point to learn at least how to pronounce the various places we visited as well as pick up a few phrases. I don't know if it is a function of age or laziness, but I failed to do that throughout this trip. The only two Icelandic words I learned to pronounce were: Reykjavik (pronounced WRECK-yah-vik)  and takk, which is "thank you" and is pronounced TAHK.  Greenlandic, of which there are East & West variants, was even worse. I only got a few of the simplest place names and no words or phrases whatsoever.

As usual I took very many pictures (because it was ALL so interesting), but here are the highlights (only one or two pictures from each day):

Iceland

Greenland

Now the details for those who have the time & interest.

Iceland

Greenland

Canada

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