Friends Karl Friðriksson and Grétar Gústavsson are currently driving the Ring Road on old Massey Ferguson tractors in support of Vinátta (‘Friendship’), a project launched by Barnaheill (Save the Children Iceland) to raise awareness of and fight bullying.
The friends set off on June 25 and on Tuesday they completed the longest leg of their journey, 12 hours from Akureyri in North Iceland to Egilsstaðir in the east, mbl.is reports.
“We drove five hours in bad weather, from Möðruvellir to Egilsstaðir. It was rather difficult; it was almost sleet,” Karl said. The tractors are open, not providing any shelter from the wind or rain.
Fortunately, they had received hats and mittens as a gift at the last stop; they were warmly welcomed in Akureyri, they said.
“We were accompanied by ten tractors, all of them old models. So we drove in a long line into town and let one old tractor lead the procession which couldn’t drive any faster than 10 km per hour [6.2 mph],” Karl elaborated.
He and Grétar continued their journey along the East Fjords yesterday and expect to arrive in Reykjavík on July 6.
Those who wish to support Vinátta can call the number (+354) 904-1900 and then ISK 500 (USD 3.8, EUR 3.4) will automatically be subtracted from their phone bill.