Kickin’ it with Kaleo

We’re located on Langjökull, Europe’s second largest glacier.

It is Thursday but it really feels like it’s Saturday. I have a feeling it’s always weekend when Kaleo‘s around.
The band members are as cool as they come with their free spirits and Icelandic flair. They even manage to make winter overalls look trendy. Their guitarist, Rubin, takes on a leadership role. He’s a tall, charming man with curly hair that everyone dreams of but no one can achieve with any perm on the planet. He helps me make sure everyone is geared up and we head towards the monster truck that will take us to the snowmobiles.

The group they’ve surrounded themselves with is just as cool as the band members. Their sound engineer suggests a spontaneous road trip between cities in California and tells me his street art has been featured in Family Guy. I’m both intrigued and impressed. Everyone from family members and friends to videographers and managers is nice and laid-back characters. I wonder what role they’ve played in Kaleo’s success.

The ride in the truck is quite an adventure. I hear comments on how they’ve never seen a bigger vehicle and the group is giddy when we cross over bumpy spots. I’m not surprised but it seems like they are all true adventurers.

The snowmobile tour starts and off we go. We dash across the shimmering snowfields. It’s a perfect day, the sun is shining and the view is so magnificent it seems like the Icelandic highlands surrounding us are never-ending. We make quite a few stops on the way, admiring the sights in front of us and for a moment, just letting life take over. A part of the group starts making a snowman, a pretty impressive one I must say. Soon enough, we are filming a video of our guide crashing into the snowman with a group jumping around and doing aerobics in the background. The creative juices are apparently always flowing.

Kaleo has been a frequent visitor to my Spotify playlists. After having spent the day with them, I like them even more. They have a fresh sound, a sound you wouldn’t necessarily expect from Iceland if you’ve grown accustomed to Björk and Sigurrós. Kaleo is now touring all over America and will continue their tour in Europe in November. I have never seen them live but hopefully, I’ll catch them this winter. You should do the same.

Vigdís Ingibjörg Pálsdóttir

 

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Varnir gegn smitsjúkdómum.

Íslenska

Okkur hjá Mountaineers of Iceland er mjög hugað að öryggi og heilsu starfsmanna og viðskiptavina okkar.  Það er okkur mjög mikilvægt að halda öllu hreinu hjá okkur.  Í einu og öllu förum við eftir hreinlætisplani sem er í öryggisáætlun okkar og tilmælum Landlæknis er varðar hreinlæti.

Þar af leiðandi höfum við gripið til þessa ráðstafanna vegna Covid-19 og annarra sambærilegra smitsjúkdóma:

- Áður en sest er upp í faratæki okkar þurfa allir að sótthreinsa á sér hendurnar. Einnig áður en komið er í starfsstöðvar okkar við Langjökul til að klæða sig í viðeigandi fatnað.
- Viðskiptavinir fá allir hrein buff (höfuðklúta) til þess að fyrirbyggja snertingu við hjálma.
- Við reynum eftir bestu getu að tryggja að það sé 2 metrar á milli viðskiptavina. Við biðjum einnig viðskiptavini okkar að virða 2 metra regluna.

Allir snertifletir eru þrifnir nokkrum sinnum á dag og einnig eru gallarnir og hjálmarnir spreyjaðir með hreinsiefni eftir notkun með efni sem heitir Virkon. Það er sótthreinsandi efni og drepur alla sýkla sem það kemst í snertingu við. Buffin og hanskarnir eru svo þrifin í lok dag og einungis notuð einu sinni á dag til að koma í veg fyrir smit.

Enska

We at Mountaineers of Iceland are very concerned about the safety and health of our employees and our customers. It is very important for us to keep everything clean. All in all, we follow a hygiene plan that is in our safety plan and the recommendation of the Medical Director of Health regarding hygiene.
As a result, we have taken these measures for Covid-19 and other comparable infectious diseases:

- Before settling into our vehicles, everyone needs to disinfect their hands. Also before coming to our local offices at Langjökull to dress in appropriate clothing.
- Customers are all given a clean buff (headscarf) to prevent helmet contact.
- We try our best to ensure that it is 2 meters between customers. We also ask our clients to respect the 2-meter rule.

All contact surfaces are cleaned several times a day and also the overalls and helmets are sprayed with detergent after use with a substance called Virkon. It is an antiseptic and kills any germs it comes into contact with. The scarves and gloves are then cleaned at the end of the day and used only once a day to prevent infection.