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My FAVOURITES

I guide a lot of different tours around Iceland with lots of different operators.

Below are some of my favourite.

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Favorites


My FAVOURITES

I guide a lot of different tours around Iceland with lots of different operators.

Below are some of my favourite.

One thing you have to know about the adventure-guiding scene in Iceland: It’s very small. Everyone knows each other and what they do. I was fortunate to grow up in the guides’ community. My father is an avid mountaineer, skier, adventure seeker, and guide. He and many of his close friends growing up have since founded a number of adventure guiding companies. From a young age I had a unique opportunity to get to know most of the “main people” in the industry, leading to well-established business partners and long lasting friendships. 

I have spent a number of years working for some of the top adventure companies in Iceland such as Arctic Adventures, Glacier Guides, Arctic Heli Skiing and Borea Adventures. While similar they all specialize and offer different adventures allowing me to work on dissimilar tours throughout the year.

I have learned how to operate successfully at multiple companies, gaining a great deal of experience in a new environment and helping me diversify my skill sets. I pride myself on being able to guide multiple types of tours at a high, professional standard and have a passion to push my personal and professional standard higher every time. 

Working with a wide range of companies and guides gives me the opportunity to see things from a different angle, teaching me how to approach any given problem and adapt to the situation in order to resolve it.

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Heli Skiing


HELI SKIING

Heli Skiing


HELI SKIING

Arctic Heli Skiing is the first and largest heli ski operation in Iceland. It was founded in 2009 by Jökull Bergmann or JB. He is the only internationally certified mountain guide in Iceland. From day one he set a high standard for safety and professionalism. Therefor every guide working at  AHS should be  a certified Ski Guide or a IFMGA guide, as him self. On top of that, the operation is run by the Heli Cat Canada standard.

Klængshóll lodge (Raven Hill) is located in the end of Skíðadalur (The ski Valley). This is the North of Iceland, The Troll Peninsula. The great thing about the location is that it allows us to ski both in a interior mountains and/or costal. Meaning, the runs either end at the valley floor or by the sea. 

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Sailboat Skiing


SAILBOAT SKIING

Sailboat Skiing


SAILBOAT SKIING

Aurora Arktika is a small operation that focuses on having a sailboat (the Aurora) as a “movable hut”  that takes us to the backcountry. Which in this case is hardly inaccessible by other means. During the day we go out side and play, then come back to eat and sleep.

The founders of this operation are Capt. Sigurður Jónsson (Siggi) and my father Rúnar Óli Karlsson. The latter as since then left the boat and is focusing on running another operation of theres, Borea Adventures.

I started working on the Aurora in 2011 and always come back for more. Being on that boat with Siggi is one of the most fun one can do.

The Aurora operates in the Glacierfjords of Hornstrandir. Where I have been going on trips since I was a child and it is also where my family roots lie. So I can truly say that when I am there I feel right at home. 

Siggi himself is a man to be looked up to. He is probably the most qualified sailor in Iceland. Being an educated Ocean Yacht Master, Engineer, Naval Architect and commercial fishing Capt. If that wasn't enough, he can cook the best lamb soup you will ever have!

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Ski Touring Troll


ski touring the troll PENINSULA 

Ski Touring Troll


ski touring the troll PENINSULA 

Bergmenn Mountain Guides (BMG) is JB's (Jökull Bergmann) first official mountain adventure operation. He later founded Arctic Heli Skiing but runs most of his Ski Touring trips out of BMG. As I was starting out ski guiding with Aurora Arktika I would often go on tours with BMG for training purposes and that later evolved into guiding a few ski touring trips every season.

BMG operates in the North of Iceland, the Troll Peninsula. Here the mountains are high surrounded with long valleys or deep fjords. The interior of the Troll is colder than the coastal parts of of the land and piles up with snow in the winter. The lodges are located in variable locations but right next to the mountains. You can literally put your skis on outside the front door and go touring. Whats better than that?

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Sailing Greenland


SAILING  IN GREENLAND

Sailing Greenland


SAILING  IN GREENLAND

With the Aurora Arktika you can take a sailing tour focusing on exploring the East-Coast of Greenland. Just like on the skiing tours we use the Aurora as a movable hut that gets us to inaccessible backcountry locations and then go out side and play, or in this case, explore.

There are kayaks on board that guest can use whenever they want, one could also go hiking or fishing or just whatever comes to mind. We visit isolated villages and find new anchorages along the way. 

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Hiking Westfjords


HIKING IN THE WESTFJORDS

Hiking Westfjords


HIKING IN THE WESTFJORDS

Borea Adventures is founded by my father, Rúnar Óli Karlson and his friend Sigurður Jónsson. Rúnar is a avid mountaineer, skier and adventure seeker. He grew up in the outdoors constantly exploring new ways to have fun. It doesn't even matter if the weather is bad, if you want, he will go out and play. 

The hiking side of the operation offers multiple trips in the Hornstrandir nature reserve. Hornstrandir is the most isolated places in Iceland and parts of it where the last ever to be settled. Now the area has been abandoned completely and was turned into a nature reserve by the farmers who once lived there. 

 

When traveling here you are truly at the mercy of the weather, forecasts are usually not accurate and the only way in or out is by boat. However if you are lucky you are going to witness the views of a lifetime walking from bay to bay where nothing is the same as the other. You might even see an arctic fox.

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Sea Kayaking


SEA KAYAKING

Sea Kayaking


SEA KAYAKING

The Westfjords might be the best suited place in Iceland to do long distance kayaking. There are very few places where you can travel by the coast day after day and never see a road. The fjords themselves also provide excellent shelter from the wind, if its to much here we can just move to the other side of the mountain where we have shelter. But If the winds really are to strong, and we just can't go kayaking then we can always go hiking or just stay inside and eat cookies.

One of the tours offered by Borea Adventures is a 6 day kayak tour from Hornstrandir nature reserve and almost all the way back to Ísafjörður village where you started. It starts out easy, you are allowed the luxury of staying in the abandoned farmhouse Kvíar for two nights and after that we camp. It is one of my favourite tours because of the wildlife, whales, seals, foxes, eagles and the fact that I can pack as much food as I want in the boat. If you are 300 years old, don't worry, everyone can kayak and if your having difficulty then just sit back, take out you binoculars and let me tow you.

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Glacier Exploring


GLACIER EXPLORING

Glacier Exploring


GLACIER EXPLORING

Glacer Guides are located in the south coast, right below the big white spot on the bottom right part of the map of Iceland. The big white spot is actually a giant glacier with numerous of so called outlet glaciers or glacier tongues. GG operates on one of those tongues and this is where you can go walk (on the ice) and explore.. 

What we genuinely see are big smiles on our clients faces but apart from that there are some crevasses, deep holes, blue ice, caves (sometimes), rainbows,  panoramic views of the south coast and  so on. Glacier Guides emphasises on having the tours safe and fun.

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Rock & Ice Climbing


ROCK & ICE CLIMBING

Rock & Ice Climbing


ROCK & ICE CLIMBING

Ice climbing tours in the south coast of Iceland are really popular and I often guide them for Arctic Adventures and Glacier Guides. The tours  are physically difficult and some previous climbing gym experience is not necessary but it will help. I mostly guide first timers on these tours and what it is all about is just having fun, no one needs to get to the top. If you can't climb then we could also just go exploring the outlet glacier which is really cool.

As for the rock climbing then I can't say that I guide a lot of those. However if you find yourself in Ísafjörður without a climbing partner, DONT PANIC! Go to Borea Adventures office and ask if someone could go climbing with you. They will call me and Ill be there in 15 minutes.

Contact


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E:hello@orvarguides.comP:+354 862 9127L:Akureyri, Iceland