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Valere Bouchaud travelled to the far north of Iceland earlier this year
Valere travelled with a group of snowkiters, a new phenomenon , quickly gaining popularity and offering wide possibilities. Snowkiting opens a total new dimension to the ski and snowboard sports. It involves using downhill skis or a snowboard and a specially designed steerable kite similar to that used in kite surfing. During his expedition he and his team came across places, peaks and spots Jules Verne described in his books. They witnessed bloodchilling peaks, private kite spots and haunting snow storms.
Trip to Iceland
We headed to the far north with the team of Queyrassins kiters.
On the 8th of April 2015 we landed in Reykjavik, and met up with our 5 Queyrassins kiters and our friend "Cuicui " a speed rider from Saint Hilaire .
The our adventurous trip to reach the boat in the north of the West Fjords could be a little tricky , so we had contacted a French- Icelandic guide. We made a deal with Nathanaël that he would guide us and that we would learn him how to kite and could join us on the boat.
He tried to interest us in local touristic place but we quickly explain to him that we only would interested by snow and wind…
The next morning we departed early, heading for the snafellsness, the true purpose of our road trip. If you have ever read Jules Vernes, you’ll know that the entrance of his famous « Journey to the Center of the Earth » was at the top of this volcano.
Our guide had planed everything, so a nice house at the bottom of the mountain was waiting us. Here we were able to wait for the good weather forecast. That first day we had very light winds, we kited up the first summit of 1446meters and found our way down with our skies. Not bad for our first day in Iceland.
The next day we learned the Iceland golden rule: be patient ! The weather was not good
In Iceland the saying goes : « If you don’t like the weather wait 5 minutes ».
But we waited 5 minutes more and the storm is came. And that storm didn’t last five minutes !
On the third day we tried to reach Ísafjörður. It was a complete failure : we have to wait a whole day in a gas station and find shelter for the storm. It was a pretty rough night.
The following 3 days we where able to kite at the most deserted spots, peaks and valleys of the island, a true magical sight.
We reached the worlds end and took the boat to access the northern fjords, landed and kited the empty slopes for 3 more days. The pictures tell the story of our trip, nobody to spot in the wide surrounding !