Sebastian Jakobsen is a Danish sometime-competitive freeskier. On a trip to Iceland in April this year he took a SpidoSpeed Carbon – Green on his adventure. In this three-part series over the course of three weeks here on The Lab, Sebastian will share his words and stunning photography to recount the experience. This is part three. Read part one here and part two here.
The plans for Day Three involved a hike to the top of Böggvisstaðafjall, a 770-metre tall peak. We were hoping to get some good ski runs in on the day – and even better photo opportunities.
When we pulled into the parking lot, we noticed the two ski lifts had already been closed for the season. Consequently, we were also the only ones in the parking lot. Even though it was still early morning (another early start!), the sun was already burning and we knew that reaching the top of Böggvisstaðafjall would be a hot and long journey… which was fine, because it meant there was no shame in frequent breaks to enjoy – and capture – the view.
[Not a single cloud in the sky – and no way to hide from the sun.]
[Taking a break to snap pictures of the watch.]
As it turns out, making it to the top of the mountain was easy; the very top of it plateaued, and after lunch would be the other reward, aside from breathtaking views: the descent. The scorching sun had turned the snow into the perfect, firm conditions for our steep downhill trip.
The whole time during the descent we could see the ocean and it was absolutely amazing! This is why we wanted to go to Iceland. This is why we wanted to work hard for hours climbing for only a few minutes of skiing. This view and experience make it all worth it.
[A stunning view.]
[Jesper caught in a rare instance of using his skis’ edges against a magnificent backdrop. Among friends he’s famous for declaring that “every turn is a sign of weakness.”]
Navigating wild nature requires great equipment. Therefore, we rented two 4WD cars with spiked tyres and everything else you might need on an adventure like this. We thought they were pretty badass. At least, that was until we returned that day to the parking lot: a monster Toyota had parked next to us and dwarfed our now silly-looking small cars.
[Jonas tries to peer into the Toyota. Our smaller cars are on the left.]
The rest of the day involved no skiing, but we did manage to find more great photo opportunities. Those pictures are below.
[Spicing it up with a hand drag.]
[After every run, a hike back to the top. Here’s Thomas emerging from sea level.]
Sebastian Jakobsen, a sometime-competitive freeride skier, and ski adventurer, recounted his Icelandic skiing adventures in a three-part series here on The Lab. His skiing trip took place in April, but we are sharing it now as we head back into the skiing season. If you would like to see more of Sebastian Jakobsen, his photographs and adventures, his previous posts in the Iceland series can be found here on The Lab. You can also follow him on Instagram: @sebastian.jakobsen.