The final leg of our journey was again by bus and it was a welcome sight to pull into the town of Patreksfjörður, which has a population of about 750. The town sprawls along the coast with an amazing view of the ocean, inlet, and cliffs. Dolphins and whales occasionally poke their heads above the water, which was a frightfully chilly temperature (which I learned firsthand)! We were dropped off at our various lodgings with time to unpack before heading to the local schoolhouse for dinner. The town had a local gym complete with pool and hot tub, which was rather greatly appreciated due to the many excursions and competitions. The sun never fully sets during that time of year, so daylight abounded, confusing the body into thinking that it wasn’t really 3 a.m.!
The next day held both men’s and women’s competitions, and it was one of many lessons of flexibility as caber for height turned into caber for distance. Definitely a new experience for me! There were a total of eleven ladies throwing, and for the four Icelandic ladies, it was their first competition. They did an amazing job!
Our last full day in Patreksfjörður was the final day of the games, as well as the arrival of the President of Iceland, who greeted each of us after his speech in honor of the Seaman’s festival. The weight over bar was termed the “Iceland Challenge” due to the structure. As a giant wooden trellis, it was no easy feat to win! Adriane took first overall in the ladies competition, Gene Flynn won the masters division, and Sam Grammer won the men’s division, but impressive throws were made by all. The rowing challenge was cancelled due to the temperature (downright COLD!).
It was an amazing trip with many opportunities and fantastic experiences. I highly recommend these games to anyone who can make it!