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Three Icelanders Summit Everest

By Larissa Kyzer

Bjarni Ármannsson, Leif­ur Örn Svavars­son, and Lýður Guðmunds­son reached the top of Nepal’s Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world, on Thursday. reports that Bjarni arrived in the morning, while the other two Icelanders arrived in the evening. As of today, then, nine Icelanders have now accomplished this feat.

This is the second time that Leif­ur Örn has summited Everest. He previously did so in 2013, when he took the North Route to the top of the mountain, which is considered more difficult. He is the only Icelander to have ever completed that route and is also the only Icelander to have ever climbed the mountain twice.

Lýður is the third Icelander to complete what is known as the Adventure Grand Slam, which involves the climber reaching the top of the highest mountain on every continent, as well as reaching the North and South Poles. Only two other Icelanders have completed the Grand Slam: Lýður’s Everest-summiting comrade Leifur Örn, and Haraldur Örn Ólafsson.

Bjarni is the former CEO of Glitnir Bank and the current CEO of Iceland Seafood.

A picture showing the summit at the time of Bjarni’s arrival was published on the Facebook page Mount Everest 8848M. “Mt Everest witnessed a traffic jam near the balcony area after more than 200 climbers attempted to reach the summit point this morning,” read the caption.

Björn Ólafsson, Einar K. Stefánsson, and Hallgrímur Magnússon became the first Icelanders to reach the top of Mt. Everest on May 21, 1997. After that, Haraldur Örn Ólafsson reached the summit on May 16, 2002. Ingólfur Geir Gissurarson reached the peak on May 21, 2013 at the age of fifty; Leifur Örn Svavarsson reached the summit (his first time) two days later. Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir became the first Icelandic woman to summit Everest on May 21, 2017.

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