A recent search & rescue mission brought up an interesting topic that I thought would be worth writing about in more detail. Part of the difficulty in this mission was to locate the party in distress due to the inaccuracy / miscommunication of their position, despite them carrying a GPS device which should provide a […]
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I am very proud to announce that we have received the VAKINN quality and environmental certification for tourism in Iceland! This is a huge step for us and puts us in the company of a small number of companies that are dedicated to the highest standards in environmentalism and quality – at this time only […]
I have no more open dates for any ice cave tours this season. My calendar is completely full until late March, with waiting lists for some dates. Due to the warming temperatures and expected deterioration of the ice caves I will not accept additional bookings for the final week of March or into April. This […]
Unfortunately the bookings system seems to currently have a bit of a glitch and shows days in the calendar as available even though they are in fact fully booked — so when one then goes ahead and selects that day it gets confused and fails to present any open departure times. I apologize for the […]
I’ve had some fantastic ice climbing tours recently with very talented clients. The waterfalls aren’t quite ready yet after a very warm and wet November, but of course perfect ice can be found on the glacier pretty much year round – and with clear skies, calm and cold weather conditions were close to perfect! We […]
Our safety plan is a living document. It is updated whenever we identify aspects that could be improved, and in recent conversations with Tún, our certifying agent for the VAKINN quality standards, we received some valuable feedback that we have immediately begun to incorporate. Safety Plan 2.4.1 – ENGLISH Öryggisáætlun 2.4.1 – ÍSLENSKA
I spent the first few days of September this year on the Vatnajökull ice cap, helping researchers from the Glacier Radiology Group at Stanford University with testing their prototype equipment (most of which will ultimately be used for research in the Antarctic and in Greenland).
I have updated our Safety Plan, and we now also have a formal Environmental Policy on our website. Nothing surprising in either document, I guess.
In mid June of this year I was called for a rescue operation on the highest mountain of Iceland, Hvannadalshnúkur. This operation was widely reported and I had also written a short post about it earlier. I had planned to delay publishing my own incident report until after the guides involved had published theirs, but […]
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