About Us

Borea Adventures is run by Sigurður Jónsson (46) and Rúnar Óli Karlsson (39). They are both born in Ísafjörður and living there. They have years of experience of sailing, boating and kayaking in the area as well as mountaineering, climbing and skiing in Iceland, the Alps, North and South America. They have also worked for mountain rescue teams in Iceland for many years and received training in first-aid, mountaineering, mountain rescue, avalance rescue etc.



Sigur­ur Jˇnsson

Sigur­ur Jˇnsson
Sigur­ur Jˇnsson

Skipper Sigurður is a Yachtmaster and Naval Architect. He has been sailing, designing and building boats of different shapes and sizes. Was climbing and skiing from very young age in the mountains around Isafjordur and other areas in Iceland. Sailing and kayaking in local waters. Mate on a yacht operating from Ushuaia to Antarctica. Various work and play in the US: canoe guide and winter camping instructor in Ely, Minnesota, work with sailing/diving outfitter in the Florida Keys, AFF skydiving course in DeLand Florida. Alpine Mountaineering course at ISM in Leysin Switzerland. Climbing in the Alps including Monte Rosa, Mont Blanc, Mont Blanc du Tacul and more. Lived in Denmark for four years and Newfoundland for another four years, skied in various locations in British Columbia, Quebec, Vermont and Newfoundland. Sailed on a container ship on route between Germany and Japan. Various fishing trips on trawlers in Iceland, Newfoundland, Labrador and Alaska.



R˙nar Karlsson

R˙nar Karlsson
R˙nar Karlsson
Runar is a holds a degree in geography and has worked as a mountain and mountain biking guide in the summer for different adventure companies in Iceland. He also worked as a tourism consultant for few years but felt it was time to put his skills into practice and put up an adventure operation in cooperation with other good people.
Runar was a boy scout when he was younger and learned to love the outdoors and respect for its natural beauty. Skiing, ice and rock climbing, sea kayaking and sailing are his favourite sports and now part of his job. He has scaled 6000m peaks in Peru, done skiing and kayaking expeditions in Greenland, climbed in the Alps few times and paragliding in the Pyrenees. In fact, he loves all sports where a helmet is an essential part of the paraphernalia and no engines are allowed except his muscles...!
Runar also gained a lot of his training from many years of volunteering for mountain rescue teams in Iceland and has especially trained for avalanche search and rescue and wilderness first aid. 

The Yacht

The yacht is a 60 foot sloop built by Colvic Craft in the UK in 1996. She was designed by David Pedrick for the Clipper Round the World race and has been raced around the world four times and to Greenland three times. Previous owner was Clipper Ventures Plc based in Gosport, UK. This company was founded by the legendary sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who was the first person to sail around the world non-stop and single-handed in 1969. Sir Robin was in Ísafjörður in the summer of 2005 on the yacht (then named Antiope Clipper) together with Sir Chris Bonington and other friends enroute to Greenland. Over some chicken curry and beer onboard, we decided to fulfill an old dream and buy the yacht!


The vessel is very sturdy and spacious. Accommodation is simple and utilitarian, but seamanlike. There are bunks/berths, good galley and spacious communal spaces, two heads (toilets) and one shower. The vessel was initially fitted out for 15 crew but can now accommodate 12 people, 2 crew and 10 guests. The boat is equipped according to strict Icelandic regulations when it comes to emergency equipment. Satellite phone is onboard that can be used by our guests for a reasonable price.

 

See photos here from inside the Aurora and layout


Here below are some additional specs and equipment information for those interested:


Aurora off the coast of East Greenland
Aurora off the coast of East Greenland

CLIPPER 60

  • Name: AURORA (ex Antiope Clipper)
  • Built: 1996
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Icelandic registration number: 2693
  • Call sign: TFAQ
  • MMSI no: 251771000
  • IMN no: 425177110
  • Telephone no (MiniM): 00 871 763 699 855
  • Iridium: 00 88 163 145 0181
Dimensions
  • LOA: 60' 18.28 m
  • Beam: 15'7" 4.75 m
  • Draft: 6'11" 2.11 m
  • Displacement 25000kg

Engines

  • Main engine: Sabre Perkins 130 hp
  • Aux engine: Perkins 28 hp

Construction

  • GRP hull, deck and superstructure built and maintained to MCA Category Zero
  • 4 watertight bulkheads
  • White interior with teak trim
  • Encapsulated lead keel

Mechanical Data

  • Hydraulic shaft break
  • Sea Fresh water maker
  • Scavenge pump driven by generator
  • Hot water system
  • B&G steering machine for autopilot

Electrical

  • Separate battery systems for domestic, main engine and generator
  • 24 volt to 220 volt inverter
  • Alarm systems for fire, gas and bilges
  • 220V shore power connection

Navigational Instruments

  • Raymarine ST60 sailing instrumentation giving log, depth, wind/angle/direction/vmg, gps function etc.
  • Marconi Marine Satcom C
  • Simrad auto pilot
  • Thrane & Thrane Mini M satellite phone
  • Raytheon R40XX radar
  • Garmin GPS
  • ICOM VHF, emergency handheld VHF, hand held VHF, emergency VHF aerial
  • FM/MW/SW/LW radio
  • Furuno SSB radio

Accommodation

  • 12 bunks
  • 2 manual toilets
  • 1 shower
  • Domestic Equipment
  • Reflex diesel cabin heater with hot water radiators
  • Gimballed stove in galley. Gas system Corgi approved
  • 3 dry powder fire extinguishers
  • 2 foam fire extinguishers
  • Fire blanket
  • Barometer
  • MUSTO MPX oilskins (S, M, L, XL)

Sails and Rigging

  • Cutter rigged sloop with anodised alloy spars.
  • 1 mainsail
  • 2 #1 yankees, 1 #2 yankee, 1 #3 yankee
  • 1 wind seeker, 1 light weight spinnaker, 1 medium spinnaker, 1 heavy spinnaker
  • 1 genoa
  • 1 storm jib, 1 trysail
  • 1 staysail

Deck Equipment

  • Anchor cable and tieup rope securing positions
  • Boarding ladder
  • Avon dinghy with 4 hp Suzuki outboard motor and other required apparatus
  • Emergency tiller
  • Anchor windlass for 13 mm chain and capstan
  • 50 kg anchor and 90 meter 13 mm chain
  • 27 kg anchor and 40 meter 10 mm chain, 70 m warp
  • Motoring cone
  • Anchor ball
  • Hatch blanks
  • Radar reflector

Safety Equipment

  • 406 MHz EPIRB
  • 1 twelve person Liferaft
  • 2 Lifebuoys with 18m buoyant line
  • 2 Lifebuoys with lights, whistles and drogues
  • 2 line throwers
  • 2 survival suits
  • 14 life jackets with safety lines
  • Danbuoy
  • MOB harness


"Many thanks for a great trip. Nice and cool guide, great local cook. Too short to discover your awesome country. Hope to be back soon for other adventures"
- Benoit, France
"The most wonderful trip, perfect weather, blue skies, whales, seals, porpoise, so many birds and the arctic fox appearing “on cue”. "
- Francesca, Wales
"It doesn't get much better! Great company...á Delicious food...á Adventures to places that are so scenic...á-áwith icebergs that are awesomly huge and mountains that don┤t have names á..."
- Eric, England
Welcome to the website for Borea Adventures, Iceland, your number one stop for Arctic adventures in high latitudes. We provide great adventures and expeditions in Iceland, Greenland, East Greenland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard (Spitzbergen), mainly using our spacious yacht, the Aurora. Our philosophy is to make our trips as silent as possible where we minimize the use of motorized power and encourage physical activities, whether sea kayaking, climbing, sailing, walking and hiking, wildlife, ski touring and backcountry skiing for beginners, experts and people of all ages. The North Atlantic is our playground and we offer scheduled trips for individuals and groups as well as customized itineraries and charter for groups. We travel in harmony with the wildlife of the area: Arctic Foxes, Birds, Seals, Whales and Polar Bears. Aurora is a sturdy expedition yacht and was raced four times around the globe as part of the Clipper Round the World yacht race under the ownership of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. She gives us a great opportunity to provide Arctic adventures in areas that are hard to reach otherwise. We call her our floating basecamp. Our name is derived from Greek mythology where Boreas was the god of the north wind. Aurora on the other hand was the Roman rosy-fingered goddess of dawn. Aurora Borealis is a name for the Northern lights which are common in our area. As we humans have proven through the decades, names can be hard to remember. Especially if a bit of alcohol gets passed around the galley too many times! You might spell our name Boreal Adventures, Borial Adventures, Borea Adventrues and Borealis Adventures. Thank you for visiting Borea Adventures.