A perfect weather it was as Harry, his uncle and their guide Hans commenced their adventurous but dangerous journey through Iceland. Iceland is considered to be one of the largest islands in Europe. It contains thirty thousand square miles of surface, and has about seventy thousand inhabitants. It had been divided into four parts, and they had to cross the southwest quarter which in the language of the people is called Sudvestr Fjordungr.
Harry felt Saknussemm had a wide imagination and acting on it was a terrible idea. The whole idea of subterraneous passages leading into the interior of the earth was pretty much absurd to him. Nevertheless, he soon changed his mind and this was because he enjoyed horse riding and the delight he felt riding through an unknown country.
Hans on the other hand did a great job leading the way. Ocasionally, as they went, a spur of rock came down through the arid ground barely leaving them room to pass. However, their Icelandic horses were doing a great job as they knew the best way to go. He found the animal unique and even thought it to be the most intelligent of all animals. The horse possess a lot of brilliant qualities and nothing can get in his way. He concluded that there was almost nothing impossible for him to do.
They made progress and he could tell as he studied his map that they had so far avoided the rough part of the country. About two hours or more later, they reached a little town called Aoalkirkja also known as the principal church after they had left the city of Reykjavik. The town consists simply of a few houses. Their guide Hans stopped for a while so they could have breakfast. Also, he told them they were heading for Gardar which was only four miles away. They took shortcuts and had to stop for three hours so the horses could rest. Even as they continued their journey, his uncle looked less enthusiastic as he had been since the start of the journey and he wasn't good at masking it. He even had a moment with his horse. After what seemed like forever, they arrived Gardar.