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A Meeting With The President

There’s so much more to this trip in Iceland than I can write about. Truthfully, it’s been hard to keep up, as this time of year it’s easy to be outside doing things until 1 or 2am each night. However, this evening’s experience was the perfect end to my 8-days here leading/guiding a trip for Delta Airlines. Thanks to someone who will not be named in print (but you know who you are), I was put in touch with Iceland’s First Lady Dorrit Moussaieff. She and I traded e-mails for a few weeks with the hope that I could make a special visit to Bessastaðir, the President’s residence, with my group. At the last minute, everything came together and this evening I had the distinct honor and privilege of meeting Iceland’s President, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson.

I first heard President Grimsson speak at The Explorers Club’s Annual Dinner in March, 2005. However, that was to a group of 1000 people at the Waldorf=Astoria. Tonight, it was just me, my group of 18 clients, and the President himself (and his dog Samur).

We had a fantastic time discussing our journey in Iceland, how amazing everything had been, and the special quality of the country. And, of course, we learned a lot about the challenges he faces as the country’s president given the economy and global market fluctuations. All in all, it was an amazing week and I think that I’ll have to return one day with a camera crew in tow so that I can properly document everything all over again. For now, though, I encourage you make the trip to Iceland!

Posted by ExplorerJosh on 06/26 at 03:17 PM






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