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Aurora-Arktika was born out of our desire to share nature’s wonders in a way that protects the environment and respects local cultures. Our journeys offer unparalleled access to pristine beauty with the added comfort and safety of a base ship.

  • Meet
    the crew

  • Siggi

    Sigurdur “Siggi” Jonsson has been immersed in the mountains and oceans around his native Ísafjörður all his life. He is a Naval Architect and Ocean Yachtmaster and has been skippering Aurora since 2006 and Arktika since 2016.

    His work and play has taken him all over the world – from skiing in Canada and climbing in the Alps, to kayaking in Greenland and sailing in Antarctica. His passion for the lands and cultures of the Arctic and North Atlantic is second only to his enthusiasm about sharing them with new friends.

  • Vidar

    Vidar Kristinsson is RYA Yachtmaster Offshore. Before moving to Isafjordur in 2012 to pursue a more active lifestyle, he was a fulltime carpenter. He has been working around Aurora Arktika for the past five years as a crew member, guide, maintenance person, and eventually as the captain of Aurora.

    Whether it‘s skiing, climbing, biking, or sailing, he makes the most of every season, in addition to running his own his own bicycle repair shop in Ísafjörður.

  • Hayat

    Hayat Mokhenache has been a professional sailor for twelve years, the past seven of which have been dedicated to the higher latitudes – Norway, Iceland, Jan Mayen, Greenland, and Baffin Bay. Her passion for Arctic nature and desire to sail in that area has motivated her to push her limits and expand her sailing experience.

    She has sailed approx 130.000Nm, crossed the Atlantic twelve times, and is highly specialized in Arctic sailing. Her immense charter experience contributes greatly to our guests‘ safety, adventure, comfort, and entertainment.

  • Óli

    Ólafur “Óli” Kolbeinn Guðmundsson was educated and trained in Icelandic navigation and marine engineering, and worked as a longliner fisherman for ten years prior to moving to Ísafjörður.

    No stranger to the volatile seas and weather around Iceland, he was recruited to join Aurora Arktika. He has been hiking and kayaking in the Hornstrandir area for years, and has a limitless passion for arctic nature and exploration.

  • The Vessels

    Our two sailing ships, Arktika and Aurora, are able to access some of the most remote and captivating locations in Iceland, Greenland, and Jan Mayan, while serving as hospitable floating base camps for each day’s adventure.


    is a fully equipped Dutch-built sailing yacht certified to circumnavigate the globe with up to 12 guests. The hull shape is modelled after a remarkable Colin Archer design known for excellent sailing characteristics.

    Her comfortable deckhouse makes sailing in northern waters very pleasant. With four guest cabins (two four-person and two two-person), a spacious saloon and galley, and private crew quarters, there is ample space on-board.

    The boat offers central heating, hot and cold water, two heads (toilets), one shower, and 220V electricity capable of charging batteries and other electronic devices.

  • Aurora

    is a former racing yacht that has been around the world four times. Under its previous name, Antiope, it was commanded a number of times by Sir Robin Knox-Johnson, the founder of Clipper Adventures and the first man to singlehandedly sail around the world non-stop.

    Originally built for fifteen crewmembers, she has been thoughtfully outfitted for sailing excursions that comfortably accommodate eight guests and two crew members (ten single berths) with spacious communal areas and a galley.

    The boat offers central heating, hot and cold water, two heads (toilets), one shower, and 220V electricity capable of charging batteries and other electronic devices.


The sights, sounds, and stories of our extraordinary excursions have been recorded, remembered, and recounted by many – around campfires, online, and even in print. We consider ourselves fortunate to have experienced them all firsthand.