U. S. Ambassador to Iceland Hosts Reception

On June 15, Mr. Louis Arreaga, United States Ambassador to Iceland, hosted a reception for all attendees of the International Appalachian Trail (IATAnnual General Meeting in Reykjavik on June 16.

Left to Right: Ólafur Örn Haraldsson, President of Iceland Touring Association (ITA); Dave Startzell, Retiring Executive Director of Appalachian Trail Conservancy; Richard "Dick" Anderson, Founder IAT; Mr. Louis E. Arreaga, United States Ambassador to Iceland; Mr. Alan Bones, Canadian Ambassador to Iceland; Leifur Thorsteinsson, ITA; Magne Haugseng, IAT Europe Vice Chair; Mr. Dag Werno Holter, Norwegian Ambassador to Iceland; and Paul Wylezol, IAT Chairperson

 

The event was held at the Ambassador’s embassy residence in downtown Reykjavik, and was attended by approximately forty guests, including Canadian Ambassador Alan Bones and Norwegian Ambassador Dag Werno Holter.

 Will Richard Photo

An informal social gathering in the garden was followed by a formal welcome and congratulatory presentation by Mr. Arreaga, and additional greetings by Ambassador Bones, Ambassador Holter, former Appalachian Trail Conservancy Executive Director David Startzell, IAT Chairperson Paul Wylezol, and IAT Founder Dick Anderson. 

 

 

Dick presented Ambassador Arreaga with a small, framed map of the geographic regions composing the Appalachian terrains around the North Atlantic.

Dick Anderson with Ambassador Arreaga

 

The reception provided an excellent opportunity for attendees from both sides of the Atlantic to meet each other face to face - in many cases for the first time - and to discuss the International Appalachian Trail with the Ambassadors.  It was also a wonderful way to kickoff the first IAT AGM outside North America, and we thanked Mr. Arreaga for being such a gracious host.

From the U.S. Embassy, the pre-AGM festivities moved on to the waterfront Menningarhus restaurant for additional sun and refreshments.

 

 

To read U.S. Ambassador Arreaga's opening address at the reception, download the document.

The pictures accompanying this story are courtesy of Will Richard (www.wilfredrichard.com), Walter Anderson, and Don Hudson of IAT Maine, USA, and Paul Wylezol, IAT Newfoundland Labrador.