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Fjörd Lines with Rúnar Petur and Vìdir Björnsson

Photo Rúnar Petur & Vìdir Björnsson

With Korua Shapes

Fjörd Lines is a passion project between me and the filmmaker and surfer Vìdir Björnsson.

I got the idea for the film when I first started hiking in the mountains here, close to my hometown of Neskaupstaрur in the Eastfjords of Iceland. This fjord has endless terrain options, definitely no reason to go anywhere else when you have a backyard like this.

So, we wanted to show what the landscape here has to offer, and our goal was to film as close to the ocean and my hometown as possible.

I myself live in a van during the winter season, to get closer to nature and the mountains, and to focus more on snowboarding. I was in Austria until mid-March, and just managed to get back home to Iceland with my van before everything closed because of Covid. We then started filming at the beginning of April; as the ski lifts were closed here in Iceland as well, we knew we had to do everything by foot.

At the time, snow was not the best in the Eastfjords, but we saw a big storm heading to the North of Iceland, so I drove there with my van and met up with the boys. We actually got stuck in this small town there, because all the roads were closed and we couldn’t go anywhere else. However, we ended having some fun in the blizzard, riding in a sort of a shelter between the houses, where loads of snow had stacked up. When the weather finally cleared up, the waves were pumping! I was surrounded by surfers, so we planned a daytrip splitting with our surfboards to a spot with nice waves and good lines nearby. It was probably the best day we had, even though I fell into a freezing cold river!

After spending some days in the North driving around, I went back home East to ride lines with friends and spend some quality time in the van. The forecast started looking really promising again, so I called Vнрir and Filip, telling them to get here.

They were here for over two weeks and we just stayed in our vans, chasing lines in the Eastfjords. It was such a good time: I hadn’t really been able to show people before what the Eastfjords have to offer. For me these are the best mountains in Iceland for snowboarding/splitboarding, they reach up to 1000m, straight from the ocean. You can find really steep mountains, it’s almost like a small Alaska. There are more mellow runs as well, and most of the mountains are quite easy to reach on foot, sometimes taking just an hour or two to get to the peak. It’s kind of a splitboarder’s dream.

The mountains here are kind of a blend of the dramatic and steep mountains right by the sea in the Westfjords and the more open and mellow mountains in the North. I can just start hiking from the front door of my house, go straight up the mountain and within three hours I’m on the top, with countless couloirs to choose from. I love riding these couloirs, especially as it’s usually really windy in Iceland and the wind gets blown into these gullies. Also there are many roads around the fjords right next to the mountains, so it’s easy to get close to the lines. Definitely a lot of fun stuff to ride here!

We did one more trip in June to “Dyrfjöll”, one of my favourite spots in the East and camped there with my girlfriend and Víðir. The place has really spectacular mountain peaks, giant boulders and bright turquoise ponds filled with glacial water. There was still a bunch of snow left to play with, and the whole trip was amazing.

“I can just start hiking from the front door of my house, go straight up the mountain and within three hours I’m on the top, with countless couloirs to choose from. I love riding these couloirs, especially as it’s usually really windy in Iceland and the wind gets blown into these gullies.”

We filmed during one of the harshest winters in decades. The wild Icelandic nature and the North Atlantic winds are not forgiving, that’s why we really appreciate every single line filmed and ridden in this movie. It all came really naturally to us. We just wanted to keep it simple and just do what we do: camping in our vans, finding those lines and enjoying the good times. Filip, our main buddy, helped us get a closer perspective, chasing me up all these peaks instead of only using drones or big lenses. It came out really well, so Filip was a huge help to us!

I also think everyone who was involved in this movie is local to Iceland. We teamed up with Margrйt Rбn from our favourite band Vцk, and she did the whole soundtrack for the movie!

We are really happy to have made this happen, and to be able to show our lifestyle and what Iceland has to offer for snowboarding.

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