Wildfjords is a collaborative venture between various charitable, public and private organisations. Below you'll find a description of the main project partners and their responsibilities, along with bio's for our trail guides.
SEEDS is set up to generate environmental awareness & protection, inter-cultural understanding and peace. They achieve this through developing volunteer opportunities on environmental, social and cultural projects in Iceland. Their project responsibilities include sourcing and logistical management of Wildfjords project volunteers.
UMHVERFISSTOFNUN (ENVIRONMENT AGENCY, ICELAND)
The Environment Agency are overseeing an application for Látrabjarg to become a new national park under UNESCO guidelines; Látrabjarg is a stunning stretch of sea cliff home to millions of nesting sea-birds each summer and to minimize the impact on this fragile site, they have mapped and gained permission to restore ancient cairns through this project, which will ensure visitors are able to explore the park on safe historical routes while also preventing the trampling of fragile vegetation.
SKOGARBONDI (FORESTRY INSTITUTE)
The Forestry Institute are responsible for reforestation activities in the region and work closely with landowners to provide resources and expertise advice. They are responsible for helping the project identify suitable tree-planting sites, developing planting plans and for overseeing landowner communication.
NÁTTÚRUSTOFA VESTFJARÐA (NATURAL HISTORY INSTITUTE)
The Natural History Institute is a research institute on all things organic and mineral. They are passionate about Iceland's waterbird populations and will advise the project on suitable sites for tree planting to minimise impact on wetlands.
HÁSKÓLASETUR VESTFJARÐA (UNIVERSITY CENTRE OF THE WEST FJORDS)
The University Centre of the West Fjords run an Integrated Natural Resource Management Masters program in Ísafjörður, Iceland. The course teaches a balanced approach to natural resource management where all stakeholders are given a voice and decisions are made from the bottom up. They are the inspiration behind the project's joined up approach and kindly provide research support and office space for the project.
We are proud recipients of two Icelandic development grants and one international conservation grant:
- Rannsókna-og nýsköpunarsjóðs V-Barðastrandasýslu (Research and Development Fund of Southerly Westfjords)
- Nýsköpunarmiðstöð Íslands (Innovation Center Iceland)
- European Outdoor Conservation Association
Our Trail Guides
Jay Simpson: I'm a photographer, guide, and educator currently based out of San Francisco, CA. I met Henry on the Rim of Africa Trail while producing my National Geographic Young Explorer's project which documented Africa's longest hiking trail.
I'm passionate about combining walking, photography, and intentional experiences as ways to explore coexistence with nature and wildlife. I've guided and conducted expeditions in the American Pacific Northwest, South Africa, Iceland, and Thailand. In San Francisco, I work for Outward Bound California to bring youth from underserved communities rock climbing, kayaking, and more.
Tanja Geis: I am an artist and researcher interested in threshold spaces between land and sea. My work explores how embodied, creative practices can transform how we perceive, relate to and ultimately act as part of an environment. I have lived in the Westfjords for a year and spent many glorious summers walking across its downy mosses and dusty volcanic rock. I hold a Masters in Marine and Coastal Management from University Centre of the Westfjords in Iceland, an MA in Art and Ecology from the University of Edinburgh, and recently graduated with a MFA in Art Practice at UC Berkeley.
Sally-Anne Dunn: Originally from the far north of Scotland, I love wild landscapes and lungfuls of fresh air, and after 20 years of living in London I recently made the move back north to Edinburgh. I thrive on a big, juicy challenge, and recently pedalled the length of Africa from Cairo to Cape Town. As well as cycling, I love hiking in remote and spectacular locations and have a dream to bike-pack the Silk Route from Beijing to Istanbul.
As well as thrashing around in the hills, I am a life coach and work on a 1:1 basis with mid-career professionals. I challenge them mentally and physically to help them create sustained change and development in their lives. I am also a regular volunteer with the National Trust for Scotland Community Outreach Ranger team working to connect with people of all ages and abilities to create meaningful engagement with outdoor natural spaces.
Henry Fletcher: I manage this guided trail and all related activities. I am originally from Suffolk, UK, have trained as a Wilderness Guide in Finland, and have worked as a guide in Iceland, South Africa, Swedish Lapland and the UK.
Time spent in the wild is time well spent! And it's my great pleasure to work with individuals and groups in this setting; I aim for my work to: help people push their boundaries where desired; help develop a physical understanding of landscapes through walking, foraging and storyelling; and to provide a space for reflection, visioning and re-integration.
To support my work as a wilderness leader, I have completed trainings in Natural Change Facilitation; storytelling; Conservation and Ecology (Masters); and I have learnt from traditional initiation healers in South Africa. I look forward to meeting you!
Vidar Kristinsson: I am a carpenter by trade, and have experience renovating remote old houses around Iceland. I've also worked as a fisherman on trawlers during the winters and as a kayak and hiking guide in the Westfjords during the summers. I've taught carpentry at the local primary school, trained to become Capoeria Master and am currently studying my yacht masters licence from the Isle of Wight, UK.
A big thank you to:
- Peter Weiss/University Centre of the Westfjords: www.UWestfjords.is
- Betty Petursdottir
- Valdimar J Halldorsson
- Unnsteinn Elíasson
- Hákon Ásgeirsson
- Daniel Crockett: www.wildonomics.com / www.danielcrockett.co.uk
- Galeo Saintz: www.galeosaintz.com
- Rim of Africa: www.rimofafrica.org
- Tanja Geis: www.tanjageis.com
- Colin Campbell: www.colincampbell.info