Iceland Highlands Project
The Highlands of Iceland cover 40,000 km2. It’s one largest territories in Europe. The Highlands have never been inhabited or developed. The region is considered to be one of Europe’s last true wilderness. It is currently being threatened by Hydro development. The proposed Hyrdo construction includes the instalment of dams, power lines running through the central highlands, and paved maintenance roads.
The Highlands National Park Initiative
The Highlands National Park
The Highlands National Park initiative is attempting to establish a National Park to protect the entire Highlands area. With imminent threat of development from hydro companies, the National Park Initiative needs your help.
Ryan Richardson and Hailey Playfair are attempting backpack across the entire country of Iceland through the entire Highlands (approximately 450+ kilometres) over the course of 25-30 days. The professional film/photo duo will document their entire journey through one of Europe’s last great wilderness.
Ryan and Hailey will be filming a short documentary to support the Highland National Park infinitive. The mission is to create awareness through motion, stills, and media. To raise awareness with the help of media partners. To get as many signatures as possible. To assist in the fund-raising of the National Park initiative.
A high quality documentary will shine a light on the fragility of the highlands ecosystem, and why it needs to be protected. No other form of media has such a successful call-to-action. There is no better way to experience an environment than under the power of your own two feet. To tell this story, Ryan and Hailey will immerse themselves completely into it.
About Who we Are
We are Ryan and Hailey. 2015 was the first time we visited Iceland. We’ve been returning ever since. In 2016 we backpacked in the Highlands along the Laugavegur trail, where we had an overwhelming sense of appreciation for the sheer awesomeness of the region.
With our work as outdoor filmmakers and photographers, we have been fortunate to travel to many of the world’s wilderness areas. We can undoubtably say that Iceland’s Highlands are the most diverse, and the most unique of all. It’s because of that, that we are so passionate about doing everything that we can to help protect the impossible beauty of the Highlands.
Help Protect Iceland’s Highlands
How You Can Help
The #1 way you can help is to share our posts and engage with our expedition. Share with your friends, family, colleagues. Engage with us on our posts, tag friends, and help spread the word.
Sign the Petition
Help push the initiative from an idea into action. Sign the petition and help protect the highlands.
Donate to our mission here. Our expedition takes place July 2019, we need to raise our funds by June. Our goal is to fundraise $3,900 CAD. We believe this is the lowest most cost effective, yet high impact total to accomplish our goal. To create this documentory and to cross the highlands.