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Cross-Country Skier Ends Trip Due to Lack of Snow

Einar Stefánsson, who was planning to ski across Iceland from the east to the west, cut his journey short after 15 days in the highlands due to lack of snow yesterday.

Kerlingarfjöll in the central highlands. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

He began at the mountain road Öxi near Egilsstadir and had planned to ski onwards to the fjord Hrafnsfjördur in the West Fjords in three weeks.

“I always new that it would depend on the snow cover how far I would get,” Stefánsson told Fréttabladid. “It looked as if the western part of the country would be snowless, so I crossed Langjökull [glacier] instead, skied down to Húsafell and ended my journey there.”

Stefánsson said the weather conditions had been very unfortunate: headwind most of the time with snowdrift and snowfall.

Stefánsson has not practiced cross-country skiing in 30 years, yet he said lack of practice had not proven a problem; many people travel in the highlands in winter and there is nothing special about it.

The skier thanked his friends, who he calls his backup-team, who followed his progress and guarded his safety with constant communication throughout the journey.

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