Rúnar Óli Karlsson

Nice article in Montagne Magazine

Colin Samuels, an american skier living in La Grave, France came for a visit last spring and snapped a lot of photos on three separates ski trips with us and wrote articles for European ski magazines. Here is the version that appeared in the French Montagne Mag. My poor french tells me it´s pretty good. At least the photos are great. 
Rúnar Óli Karlsson

New video from Greenland

In the summer of 2010 we did three trips in Greenland that were very successful. First two were 14 days exploratory sea kayaking in the pristine wilderness on the East coast. The aim was to paddle uncharted waters and enjoy the total solitude of this magnificent country. I would say we were successful. Here is a little story shot on a tiny little Hero Cam.

Rúnar Óli Karlsson

Fresh Photo Album and Cool Video

Finally a great selection of images from season 2010 is online. The year was a great success as you can see on the happy faces on the photos. All trips ran smoothly despite minor hick ups with weather as can be expected. Big thanks to Agust, Colin and Elli for the photos. The rest is mine. 
The Iceland section from the Warren Miller film is also finally online. All the epic ski footage was filmed with us and we´re happy to be able to show it to you. It´s great.

Rúnar Óli Karlsson

Great Season Coming to an End

Summer is over though temperature is still high here in Northwest Iceland. So far, September has given us some of the best weather of the summer; temperatures over 20 degress Celsius , clear skies and no wind at all. 
The season has been great for us. We´ve taken close to 500 people on day trips, ski trips, multi-day sea kayaking trips , Greenland expeditions, Jan Mayen expeditions and wildlife trips. All has gone super well and we´ve seen a lot of happy faces. 
We started our day tour business in mid May when we opened our North Explorers office in downtown Isafjordur. Very nice atmosphere was around this old historical house and the locals were really happy to see the house in operation again. We hired three pairs of extra hands to help us out for the summer and also had few people stepping in when things were really crazy. Among the highlights this summer was all the great sea kayaking I managed to do both here close to home and also the 14 day expedition in Greenland, exploring new fjords and camping in the "postcard" surroundings. 
Aurora is coming home tomorrow after the last trip to Greenland. Then I guess we pack up and get ready for winter. All the trips for 2011 are online though we might make minor changes in the coming days. 

Thanks for a great season! 
Rúnar Óli Karlsson

Aurora in Greenland - welcomed by the true locals

After easy sailing to the East coast of Greenland, the crew of Aurora was welcomed with heavy ice. The entrance to Nansen fjord was well packed with ice but after many hours of zig zagging, they made it to the anchorage. The group on board are all experienced sea kayakers and will use the next 12 days to explore new areas in the huge fjords along the coast. The kayaks were put out in the morning of 1. August and captain Siggi moved the boat to a different anchorage. He was welcomed by a polar bear that came to say hello!

There are many polar bears now in the area and one was shot in Sodalen Valley where a crew of scientists are working. After few days of trying to scare the beast away, they were forced to pull up the gun. Another one was chased by a helicopter over to Kangerlusuaq fjord. There are also number of walruses in the fjords so the crew on Aurora needs to be extra careful. 

You can follow their track on SPOT