Skiing from top to shore

I got actual goosebumps watching this video which was shot on my peninsula. Jökull Bergmann runs a Heli-Skiing service, that is takes you to the top of some mountain of your choice where you ski down as far as you can, all the way down to the shore, no tracks or trees in your way. This video was shot by Warren Millen featuring ski stars Julia Mancuso and Jess McMillan along with the model Sierra Quitiquit.

It really reminded me of a trip I took with my aunt some four years ago. Sadly not with a helicopter – I have yet to experience that. The highest mountain by the bay is Kaldbakur, actually right across the bay from the peninsula, approx 1200m tall. My aunt lives in the village Grenivík by the shore right under the mountain, about 30 min drive from our house. We drove half way up by car on a fairly nice gravel road and went the rest of the way to the top on their snowmobile. It was amazing when we got to the top, there was no wind at all. The temperature was actually nice enough just to have a light sweater on. And the view was magical! It was late in the day – the clock was approx 20.00 in the beginning of June, at a season when the sun doesn’t set – only takes a dive in the sky. It took us about 20 min to ski down – I’m not as skilled as those on that video of course and that mountain isn’t as steep as theirs. But it was pure heaven. Can’t wait to go again someday.


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