|Winner of the Icelandic
Childrens Book Prize in 1993:
Deep in the Glacier
"Brak og brestir" by
Elías Snćland Jónsson
of the critics: What critics of the two
main newspapers in Iceland said about
this youth novel:
"The telling of Hákons Easter adventure is well
exciting and strangely alive
and memorable. Afterwards I felt as if
I had seen this trek on television, so clear
are the images."
(DV. 24th June 1993).
"In the telling of the trek on the glacier
the descriptions of the people
nature are so very much alive
that the reader can almost feel the cold wind
in his face and hear the heros talk together
on the radio."
(Morgunblađiđ, 18th August 1993).
- A Short Résumé in English -
The main characters: Hákon is a 15
years old boy.
He lives with his father in the city of Reykjavík
attends school. Hákon has been in some trouble
with the police.
He was once arrested for a break-in. His
father is suddenly out of work.
He is offered a temporary job in a small town in northern
So they have to move. Hanna Stína is a
15 years old girl. Hákon meets
her when they collide in bad weather on a skislope
She is one of the new and intresting friends
that Hákon meets
in this northern town. Soon he also finds some
Siggi is an old friend of his father. He lives at Akureyri
is a truck driver and adventurer. Siggi
has a passion for winter
safaris in the cold, white and wild interior of
Iceland - on the large
glaciers and snowcovered mountains and
lava fields. He owns a
large mountain truck, called the Dragon,
snowmobiles as well.
The main story: Siggi invites Hákon
and his father
on a safari during the Easter holidays.
them is a group of young men from the
town. This trip starts
out as a wonderful adventure for Hákon who delights in speeding
between the glaciers on the snowmobiles,
sleeping in small huts in the
cold wilderness and bathing in the hot springs
surrounded by snow and ice. But it turns
into a long and dangerous rescue
operation when the weather suddenly becomes a series of
blizzards. First they come to the aid of
travelers who have lost a jeep into
a big rift in one of the glaciers. Then
they have to join many
other rescue groups in searching for two
young men on
snowmobiles who have disappeared in the
blizzard. It turns out
that one of them is the brother of Hanna
Stína. The main part of the
story describes this search and rescue
operation where Hákon comes
to play a crucial and heroic part. Among
other things he has to go down into
a fissure in a glacier, about 40 meters,
to find the two missing men and
help rescuing them. The story ends when
Hákon returns to a hero's
welcome, a more secure future - and love.