Since it is impractical to take the mules and cart in, I will assume with Embla's plan that these are being left with Widda. This leaves the party comprising the four members, Fjall, Valda and Oddsdrakken.
As you move down towards the Barrow, in armor and decked with weapons, you receive greetings and respectful nods. A man in livery is giving orders; as he sees you, he gives a wave as though he knows who you are, then swings his hand to urge you to come forward. At the actual entrance, you'll find that more stones have been removed, and that there is a strong and easy thick-runged ladder that has been added to the dig.
You step up, as everything seems encouraging and supportive; the boss is being addressed by a scribe, a slight man, balding, but no more than thirty, with a quill and a board for writing on. "The druid wants another day. He says he's not sure of the statue and that it seems to have something to do with the weather. He doesn't want to move it until he's sure what it is."
"Tell him he has a week if he wants it. I'll never get this lot moved by then anyway." The boss lifts his head. "Ah, Gentlemen ..." he says to the party. "I asked for soldiers ~ didn't expect you until tomorrow. But glad to have you here this morning. We've accidentally opened up a tunnel down on the ..."
He stops, then. "Wait a moment. You're the group that was celebrated just days ago, yes?"