Just arrived… the email of my dreams: 'Dear Thrill
Seekers! I have just recently returned from Marrakesh where I
happened to meet a contact of mine from Iceland, from one image he
showed me (a series of lava plumes spurting 35m - 50m into the air)
we have come up with a plan to witness one of the better volcanic
occurrences of modern times.'
The email is from Henry Cookson, adventurer, explorer, part of
team N2i who feature in the Guinness Book of Records as 'The First
People to Reach the Pole of Inaccessibility by foot'. But
this wasn't always the case; until 2005 Cookson worked at Goldman
Sachs. He had next to zero experience of camping or polar
travel. But that year, alongside a couple of pals, Henry
entered the Scott Dunn Polar Challenge race to the Magnetic North
Pole. And they won. He never went back to the city.
Instead, Cookson spent time in Alaska, qualified as a guide,
began leading polar expeditions and set up Henry Cookson
Adventures, takings guests to the world's most tourist-free
nooks, on thrilling journeys, both hot and cold.
This latest trip to view Bardarbunga volcano is typical Henry;
helicopters, dinner in a lava cave, hot waterfalls, volcanology
experts, camping in space age tents and just maybe, if the skies
are clear, the mysterious dance of the northern lights. Of
course Cookson has arranged incredible access within the volcano's
25km exclusion zone, usually reserved only for researchers and
But there's no time to lose. Who knows when Bardarbunga
will cease erupting? The last time it spewed molten was in
1901. This is a trip not just for thrill seekers but speedy
decision makers. Oh and gas masks will be provided.
Tel: 020 7736 0452