South Pole guide, Einar Torfi Finnsson, top gear: a skirt, a mask and boot liners

Co-founder of Icelandic Mountain Guides, led Adventure Consultants team to the South Pole
(By Correne Coetzer) This past season only one team skied from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole: the Adventure Consultants team, with Icelandic guide, Einar Torfi Finnsson. Exweb caught up with him in Reykjavík.

Twenty years ago he co-foundered Icelandic Mountain Guides and became an expert in Iceland and Greenland expeditions and adventures. Apart form Iceland expeditions, Einar has guided on Mt. Gunnbjörn and Dome, two highest mountains in Greenland and led three expeditions across the Greenland Ice Cap.

As for Antarctica, skiing the 1130 km coast-to-Pole route in 57 days, he found it “long”; navigating the team all the way, except for two hours during a particular bad white-out. Einer tells how he became a guide for AC, what makes a good team, gave three top responsibilities of a guide, explained their routine on the ice, and more.

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