In 1979, at the age of 16, Neil paid his first visit to Iceland, where he spent one month touring the areas around Reykjavik, Gullfoss / Geysir & Strokkur / Þingvellir (Golden Circle), Snæfellsjökull, Þórsmörk, Landmannalaugar & Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) (South West Iceland), whist staying with his Icelandic relations.
This first visit formed a defining moment in Neil’s decision towards his future career as a Geoscientist, whilst also greatly enhancing his love of The Great Outdoors, the Spirit of Adventure & Exploration.
It was also during this first visit to Iceland that the idea of returning one day, to explore the whole island of Iceland was born. Neil has returned back to Iceland a number of times since, to once again visit his relatives as well as explore the island further as a tourist, but has yet to achieve his dream.
Admittedly, it’s taken a long time to reach fruition (36 years!) – But better late than never….
(Newspaper Clip from local South Yorkshire Times, UK – This was seen as quite a big event back in 1979! (16 year old travelling to Iceland alone for one month, after raising the money to achieve this all by himself) – How times and travel expectations have dramatically changed).