Rescue on Mjóafjarðarheiði

Car stuck in snow.

On the wintery morning of November 09, 2013, Börkur Hrólfsson and I were attempting an excursion to the beautiful fjord of Mjóifjörður in the East Fjords region of Iceland when we came across a stranded local. He had set out on a ptarmigan hunt (permitted a few times a year) in a regular car but hadn’t gotten very far on a very lonely Mjóafjarðarheiði (lit. the heath to Mjóifjörður). Börkur extracted the car skillfully (see video below).

As it turned out, the amount of snow rendered the route impassable even for our modifed superjeep. Mjóifjörður (population ~35) remains cut off from the rest of the country during the winter months and a boat ride around the fjord to the neighbouring Seyðisfjörður is the only point of access.

Mountains of Mjóifjörður, Iceland

Sunrise on Mjóafjarðarheiði
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

Friðrik Guðmundsson on Mjóafjarðarheiði, Iceland

Friðrik Guðmundsson and his stranded car
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Rescue operation in progress, Mjóafjarðarheiði

Rescue operation in progress
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Car Rescue on Mjóafjarðarheiði, East Fjords of Iceland

Börkur with Friðrik Guðmundsson

“Oh, it was nothin’, just another normal day!” Börkur and Friðrik
5D Mark III, Zeiss ZE 50 f/2 MP

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