Weather

Contrary to popular belief, Iceland has very mild, coastal weather. The mild climate stems from the Gulf Stream. The weather is also affected by the East Greenland polar current curving southeastwards round the north and east coasts. But Iceland is definitely a country of variety when it comes to weather. It can vary from bright sunny days with endless blue skies to wind and rain and even snow or sleet in July - nothing is guaranteed.

The summer months of May to August are usually the easiest time for travelling in the Westfjords area. The Fall, Winter and Spring also provide their own exciting opportunities for adventures. In our opinion there is no such thing as bad weather, just different kinds of weather, providing new challenges to enjoy. A calm winter night at anchor in a remote fjord with cold, crisp air and magnificent northern lights racing across the sky is something you will never forget even if the next day brings a nasty snowstorm!

 

The average temperature in the summer is less than 10ºC with average highs in the mid teens, but we can also expect basically any kind of weather in any month. To mention a few extreme examples we could be enjoying leisurely sailing in +18ºC with hardly any snow in sight as people did on February 17th 1998 or on the totally opposite end of the spectrum fighting through extreme blizzards with -31ºC as people did on February 4th 1980. In the summer we could be basking in a heat wave with a temperature of +29ºC as we had on July 2nd 1991 or shivering in snow and -4ºC as on July 21st 1986.


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It´s a fantastic boat – super food – lots of fun – very professional

 

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- Ian, England
"You guys have a really special thing going here – and your love and respect for the mountains and nature is inspiring. Thanks especially for your hard work, great guiding and flexibility.á..."
- Brian, USA
"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
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.