The Further Away, The Better

Ron Bartle recalls his 1958 journey across the Sprengisandur, an uninhabited and vast volcanic desert that spans the centre of Iceland.
Crossing the Sprengisandur



George Marshall

Running time

7 minutes

Our Judges say:

Super profile of 86 year old Ron Bartle, whose epic attempt to cross a volcanic desert in Iceland in the 50s was repeated in 2019. Great soundtrack, great archive and modern footage and a super story.

Paul Hodgson Music Judge

Nice characters around a challenging route across Iceland.

Simon Taylor

Ron Bartle recalls his 1958 crossing of the Sprengisandur, a vast volcanic wilderness that spans the centre of Iceland. Against all odds, Ron and three other companions of the Rough Stuff Fellowship overcame hundreds of miles of lava fields and deep glacial rivers to safely finish the journey by bicycle - but were they first?