Simon Law January 2019

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January 2019

Our First Annual Retreat

ICELAND IN ALL ITS GLORY

The firm’s lawyers took their first annual retreat to Iceland this year. As with any family, a little getaway time can be good for encouraging teamwork and reflecting back. Reykjavik is the northernmost capital city in the world. In December, it is only light from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We rented a Land Rover Defender with 38-inch lifted tires in order to cross the glacial runoff rivers that form in the Highlands. The country is volcanic and raw with jagged peaks, expansive glaciers, and rushing rivers everywhere. Once off the coastal road, the roads are unpaved, and you can easily lose your way.

After a night in the capital, we hiked 8K into the mountains to swim in a river heated by magma and surrounded by snow. That night, we stayed in the shadow of Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano that blew up in 2010 and shut down air traffic in Europe. Iceland has over 130 volcanoes, and many are under kilometers of glacial ice. When they blow, it’s impressive.

The next day, we took the Defender into Thorsmork (Thor’s Forest), a valley where

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