Being part of an emergency rescue to help a stranded motorist in freezing conditions wasn't on the agenda of the EntreAssess team when we went to visit Iceland. - But that's what happened!
Following the team meeting, some of the project partners stayed on one more day to follow the invitation of our University of Iceland project coordinator Svanborg R. Jonsdottir to be given a tour of her farm and the stunning surrounding landscape in her area including the volcano Hekla. Whilst on the road with Svanborg and her husband Valdemar, who drives the local school bus and is an expert in Icelandic winter conditions, we spotted a car in the distance of a snow-covered road. And there was someone waving frantically at us!
It was a Canadian school teacher who had been stranded for over an hour and a half in a snow drift and even the police said they couldn't help her, telling her to wait for another car to pass by which was unlikely in the extreme. She told us that all she had been doing was crying as she realised she was in serious difficulty. Valdemar got us close to the vehicle and together the team pushed her car out. Svanborg then drove it back to the main road and Sarah the teacher continued to accompany us to our next stop on the tour, an ancient farm, where the roads in the area were clear.