Bless Bless Jamboree!

Trip Start Jul 19, 2008
Trip End Aug 03, 2008

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Flag of Iceland  , Northeast,
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

After an amazing week meeting Icelandic, Norwegian, Canadian, American, Finnish, Scottish, Welsh and hundreds of English Scouts and Guides (although we were all called Scouts since "Guides" gets lost in translation somewhere; we therefore spent some time learning the Scout Law since that formed the rules of the Jamboree!), the time came to wave "Bless Bless" to Hamrar and the National Icelandic Jamboree 2008 and head to Reykjavik for the final leg of our adventure. Making the most of the sun, we lay stretched out with our bags as we awaited our coach, expecting to head down to the torrential rain that Reykjavik had experiencing all week as we'd been wearing shorts every day. I even got BURNT! W e got TANNED in ICELAND! :O

On the final night, a lot of groups were making a ridiculously early start to catch flights so packed their tents up and then slept outside in their sleeping bags, and we so desperately wanted to do the same. It seemed the perfect opportunity and it's something I'd always really wanted to do. There seemed no better time than now; with the warmest weather Iceland could ever hope to expect, a beautiful clear night with the dim light of the day lingering on in the clouds, and most of the Jamboree doing so it would have been a magical moment to have experienced together. However, Sam was really quite ill and said we said we ought to stay in our tents 'cause no one would get any sleep and she was knackered, bless her. So we did all try to cram into one tent for the night, but four man tents anre FOUR MAN tents for a reason... they can NOT sleep eleven people! Soon enough we were all in our own tents, thinking of all the fantastic memories of the week and getting excited about the next step.

The Jamboree was one of the best experiences of my life, and I would go back tomorrow given the chance. If you ever get the chance to visit northern Iceland you should definitely go! I wish we'd been able to see more of it. We were only 60 miles from the Arctic Circle and one day I swear I'll go back and go that bit further.

Bless bless Akureyri!


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