Meet the Guide: Einar Torfi Finnsson

Einar is now in Punta Arenas getting things sorted out and ready for the South Pole expedition. He had a pretty good trip down there, only minor problems that he probably expected anyway… like his pulks getting stuck in every other elevator and baggage conveyor  🙂

Einar on his way. Some waiting time, then moving on…

Well, he had some some inconvenient encounter with the customs when arriving to Chile. “Was busted in the customs in Santiago, Chile, smuggling a beautiful sausage I was planing to eat as a Christmas treat.” But I know for sure that he has some other treats with him that will come in handy.

Let´s get to know Einar a bit better now:

Einar Torfi founded Icelandic Mountain Guides (IMG) with his cousin Leifur Örn Svavarsson a long with two other friends back in 1994. Einar is considered an expert in everything regarding outdoor adventures in both Iceland and Greenland. His knowledge of each destination has no limits almost and you can be sure that a book about some Greenland expedition is never far from him.

Einar and his clients on top of Mt. Dome, Greenland.

Einar spends most of his time running the incoming department of IMG but as many of our office staff members he clears his mind every now and then doing what he loves, guiding tours. In winter you might find Einar in Greenland with his cross country skis tied on or in the highlands of Iceland on the Winter Highlights super jeep tour.

Einar got his basic mountaineering training from the ICE-SAR way back and was an active member of the Icelandic Air Ground Rescue teams for two decades. He´s been guiding since 1984. In the beginning he mainly guided hiking and cross country ski tours in the winter. Then he took on backpacking and trekking tours in the summer time. Now he has really guided everything IMG is or has been offering through the years.

Einar Torfi knows Iceland like the back of his hand. This one is from one of his favorite places in the highlands, Kerlingarfjöll area.

On top of expeditions a cross the Icelandic highlands and glaciers in the winter time, Einar has guided on Mt. Gunnbjörn and Dome, two highest mountains in Greenland and twice lead expeditions a cross the Greenland ice cap.

To describe him in a short sentence: Einar is a very experienced and hard working guide with a passion for nature and nature conservation.

– bh

Photos: Einar Torfi Finnsson