Norður: Almost Arctic, Almost Surfing
Norður: Almost Arctic began as a surf trip to a remote region of the West Fjords of Northern Iceland, but then Superstorm Sandy interfered. *Warning there is almost no surfing in this movie.
"We started trekking where the road ended" Said filmer James Aiken. "Three days dragging sleds with all our kit: boards, filming equipment, water housings etc. Across the mixed terrain of icy scree, rock and snow through a landscape riven by crevasses brought us to our destination, a mixture of promising reefs and beaches.
"On arrival we climbed the nearest mountain to get some phone signal, this was a prearranged safety communication to receive a weather and surf forecast. The unfortunate news was that the hurricane force winds associated with Sandy were coming our way and we had to return post-haste. The trip was over."
What started out as a surf trip quickly became a way to experience the region's history following a meeting with the most northerly resident in Iceland. And whilst on the face of it this trip might seem like a complete disaster (the boys after-all went a long way to not do what they'd wanted) James isn't remotely perturbed and is planning a return trip in the spring.
© 2013 James Aiken Film