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A long stroll across the sandy valley leads to our first Icelandic river crossing.

Rivers are the most dangerous aspect of Arctic hiking, both because they are very cold (snow or glacier melt) and because it can be hard to judge their depth. The best strategy is to find the widest section of the waterway. Fortunately, this river has a sandy bottom, and we cross barefooted so that we have dry boots on the other side.

Spending a minute knee-deep in 32.1-degree water is more effective than coffee, and it stretches the vocal cords too.

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