She’s the warm-hearted giver that restores animal life, or preserves her own while trekking through Iceland alone. Humble to a tee, generous and gorgeous ’til it hurts, her friends describe her as possessing "beautiful feminine energy and a big heart”, while we are in love with her caring and yet quietly strong european nature. Meet the gorgeous Katya - animal rescuer, venturer to the unknown and now, a stunning Stonewoman to light up your screens.
// A few years back, you trekked through Iceland - what inspired this intrepid journey?
It was an interesting time in my life, with a lot going on. I needed a break and have time on my own - and the only space for that was to be alone in nature. Iceland is quite remote, with lots of unknown places. I decided to walk across as there is literally nothing in the middle of the country. By nothing I mean no roads, shops or people. So I could practice meditation everyday, go deep into my fears and let everything go.
// The conditions are pretty austere - how did you manage?
It was very hard physically. And very cold. I spent 70 days in Iceland walking on my own for about 50 days with backpack, sleeping in a caves and glaciers (20 days I've spent on a remote farm with 140 horses). I was "showering" in rivers and hot springs (which are probably the best moments of my life). Before that, I have never even pitched a tent. As my partner says, the Unknown is my superpower. I’m very grateful that I survived…