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05-05-2011, 02:04 PM #1
Iceland: Sailboat, Fjords, Couloirs, Puffins, Whales, etc.,...
Spent last week sailing and skiing on the Hornstrandir peninsula on the NW tip of Iceland.
The plan was to sail from Isafjordur over to the peninsula, get dropped off at the end of the fjord, tour up and over to the next fjord where the boat would be waiting with cold beers and a hot pot of freshly picked mussels as an appetizer to the main course. Spend the night and repeat for the next 5 days. The plan worked out quite well. We toured between the following fjords over the course of the week: Hesteyrarfjordur, Veidileysufjordur, Lonafjordur and Hrafnfjordur.
Flew into Reykjavik and had to drive all day to make it up to Isafjordur (You can get a flight that takes 45 minutes but none were available on the day we needed to travel). It was stormy all day on the drive. We were worried about the lack of snow on the drive north. We encountered a bit going over the passes but nothing significant.
As we got up to the North, there was a bit more snow going almost down to sea level but still very thin. Getting more worried.
Upon arrival to the port, the captain assured us that there was much more snow over on the peninsula. Since it was still stormy, we decided to wait for the morning before crossing over the open straights to Hornstrandir.
Our home for the next 5 nights.
05-05-2011, 02:06 PM #2
At 7 a.m., we left the harbor.
Entering the Hesteyrarfjordur.
Nearing the end.
Reaching the first col and looking over to the north side of the peninsula (Haelavik bay where a polar bear made it to shore after a long swim from Greenland a few days after our departure (http://www.icelandreview.com/iceland...7279.news.aspx)
Last look at Hesteyrarfjordur
Some more skinning and we eventually caught sight of the boat waiting for us in the Veidileysufjordur.
But first we see something interesting to ski on the way.
It got icy. A few of the party opted to find some sunnier slopes to ski something soft. A few continued up.
One last nicely corned run to sea level.
05-05-2011, 02:08 PM #3
Relaxing on the boat with some Black Death (Brennivin).
The next morning, our goal was to make it to the Lonafjordur.
Looking down in the Lonafjordur and our boat waiting for us.
The next day, we stayed in the Lonafjordur basin.
Discussing the game plan.
Looking up at what we would try to find at the end of the day.
Let's head up there.
First lap down.
Back up on top
One more climb, too windy, time to head to the boat.
Trying to find the entrance to the couloir.
05-05-2011, 02:09 PM #4
It stormed that night and was windy in the morning but we had to make it to the last fjord, Hrafnfjordur.
And we made it but it started to rain.
Waiting to the ride.
The next morning, we only had a few hours before we had to sail back to Isafjordur. Some went kayaking, some jumping off the mast, a few went for one last tour.
I left the tour and went off in search of arctic foxes. I saw two.
It is summer in Iceland.
Back to the boat by noon and off we go for the 4 hour sail back to Isafjordur.
Getting too gusty so time to pull down the sails and motor home.
Captain Siggy (and awesome cook).
Our tourguide, Haukur.
Back to Isafjordur
That evening, we ordered in advance a special Icelandic meal: First course of Puffin followed by some tenderloin of Minke whale.
The Puffin was edible but nothing too special. The whale was pretty tasty and similar to a decent steak. Later in Reykjavik, we had some whale sushi which was good. The whale kebabs were a bit tough though.
Last shot of Isafjordur before the long drive back to Reykjavik.
It started storming on our drive south.
Another nice fjord.
Good times, good people, good skiing, good trip.
05-05-2011, 02:09 PM #5
A part of the world i wouldn't otherwise get to see. Some sweet pics, thanks.
05-05-2011, 02:15 PM #6
Awesome. Is that V61 I see?
One of these days I'll make it there.Putting the "core" in corporate, one turn at a time.
Metalmücil. We've been giving people pink ear since 2010
05-05-2011, 02:17 PM #7
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05-05-2011, 02:32 PM #9Registered User
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Outstanding, thanks for that!
05-05-2011, 02:37 PM #10
Nice write up.
5 years ago went cycle touring in Iceland.
Very windy part of the world.....
05-05-2011, 02:37 PM #11
Very cool pics. Thanks.
05-05-2011, 03:03 PM #12
Wow. Sweet TR. I plan on making it there (land of my ancestors)."...if you're not doing a double flip cork something, skiing spines in Haines, or doing double flip cork somethings off spines in Haines, you're pretty much just gaping."
05-05-2011, 03:09 PM #13
it has been a great trip with great friends.
I couldn't ask for more as a gift for entering the 50s.
patxi's pics are awesome, but if telepath wouldn't be so lazy (or busy at work, you decide), some of mine would have been already on coreshot :-)
05-05-2011, 03:10 PM #14sucks on the internet
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Looks like a great trip, thx for sharing.http://www.facebook.com/pages/www3li...ref=ts&fref=ts 3Limits Slovakia
http://www.ymli.cz/en/ski.html Rippin' Skis
05-05-2011, 03:14 PM #15
Slightly Epic....such a cool place
05-05-2011, 03:38 PM #16
Wow, what a place to tour, thanks for the TR.
I agree it is a constitutional right for Americans to be assholes...its just too bad that so many take the opportunity...iscariot
05-05-2011, 03:39 PM #17....................
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very cool - great photos!
05-05-2011, 04:44 PM #18
Yup, that's a quality trip and a quality trip report. Was your sailing cruise a custom request or is there enough ski traffic to the area that boat captains offer ski/sail trips?
05-05-2011, 04:51 PM #19
I've had a few relatively brief stopovers in Reykjavik when flying to and from Norway. I've always wanted to take a few days and explore a bit more. You make a very convincing case. Looks like fantastic trip!TRs, photos, videos, and building skis (2 pairs so far...):
05-05-2011, 05:22 PM #20
Awesome. Plain n simple! Awesome!The Passion is in the Risk
05-05-2011, 05:30 PM #21
Thanks for bringing it
05-05-2011, 09:57 PM #22Registered User
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awesome TR. How expensive is the trip?some adventures around the world:
05-05-2011, 10:21 PM #23
that was awesome.
05-05-2011, 11:00 PM #24
Amazing landscape and amazing photos.
What's with the u-turn contrails?
05-06-2011, 12:24 AM #25
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