Jón Gunnar Benjamínsson, who is tied to a wheelchair, is planning to travel across Iceland on a specially-equipped four wheeler to demonstrate that disabled people are just as keen on traveling and outdoor recreations as others.
Hverarönd near Mývatn where Benjamínsson’s journey will begin. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
During his trip, Benjamínsson wants to examine the conditions for disabled people at tourist destinations in the highlands and raise funds for improved access for the disabled at the Landmannalaugar geothermal area—one of the most popular highland destinations, Fréttabladid reports.
Benjamínsson said that an email from 66°North concerning sponsorship for such a trip had sparked his interest. “Then I figured that it would be a good idea to combine my interest in outdoor recreation with raising funds for a good cause.”
“It could inspire someone who is in a similar position to do the same and demonstrate that many things are possible despite being in such an unfortunate situation,” Benjamínsson added.
Benjamínsson, who has just returned from a fishing trip on his four wheeler, will embark on his journey at Hverarönd near Mývatn in northeast Iceland tomorrow. The trip is scheduled to take five days, ending in Reykjavík on Sunday.
His entourage includes filmmaker Halldór Kolbeins. Benjamínsson’s progress can be monitored on acrossiceland.is and the fundraising hotline is (+354) 901-5001.