The Exploration Museum has announced the first annual Explorers Festival, to be held in Húsavík, North Iceland from October 20 to 23. The festival consists of a series of talks by explorers, art exhibitions that deal with the theme of exploration, concerts, film screenings and smaller events.
NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski who has 5 space flights and 7 space walks behind him, will give the main talk. He is the first and only astronaut to summit Mt. Everest and a life-long Scuba diver. In 1998 he flew on Space Shuttle mission STS-95 with US Senator John Glenn. While scaling Everest in 2009, he carried with him a rock picked from the surface of the Moon by Neil Armstrong 40 years earlier. The Moon rock is now located on board the International Space Station in Earth Orbit.
Other speakers at the festival include author Kari Herbert, explorer Mike Dunn, exploration historian Dr. Huw Lewis-Jones, planetary geologist Meena Wadhwa, geophysicist Ari Trausti Guðmundsson and polar explorer and mountaineer Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir.
Two art exhibitions will open during the festival. Arnar Ómarsson will curate the exhibition Tveggja heima tal at the Húsavík Art Gallery where local artists from Iceland, including famed artist Kristján Guðmundsson, deal with the concept of exploration. Marina Rees curates the exhibition Of Mountains and Raven at Fjúk Art Centre in Húsavík.
Isafold Travel offers a tour on 4×4 vehicles from Reykjavík to Húsavík, crossing over the highlands and overnighting in mountain cabins for those who wish to arrive in style.
At the end of the festival, the winners of the 2016 Leif Erikson Exploration Awards will be announced. This is the second year that The Exploration Museum presents explorers with the awards, named for Icelandic explorer Leif Erikson who is considered by many as the first European to land in North America and who, according to the Sagas of Icelanders, established the first Norse settlement at Vinland, tentatively identified with the Norse L’Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland in modern-day Canada.
Last year, the awards were presented to Apollo astronaut and Moon walker Harrison Schmitt, sailor Jessica Watson and exploration historian Dr. Huw Lewis-Jones.
Learn more about the festival on the website of The Exploration Museum.
Top image: Neil Armstron, Mike Dunn and Edmund Hillary at the North Pole. Dunn will tell the story of this journey at the festival.