Silver Spoon's Pilgrimage North

October 14, 2021

Story: Anna Ehrgott | Photography: @ellithor

Anna Ehrgott
While so much of cold water surfing is filled with novelty surfs and hours warming up at coffee shops, this trip was different in that we scored nearly every single day for 10 days straight. That's pretty unheard of on Iceland's windy, rough and rugged coastline.
Anna Ehrgott
I planned the trip around a hurricane that had been making its way up the US East Coast. I knew that if a 30ft swell was hitting Iceland, there would be some Fjords and bays that could turn that swell into groomed point breaks.
Anna Ehrgott
We ended up not surfing the hurricane swell at all, as it was coming with the kinds of winds that you can't open a car door in, so we flocked to the north instead. Staying in cabins, barely sleeping - just in case the northern lights made an appearance (we saw the slightest green glow of them one night), and surfing till we had spaghetti arms dangling limp in our thick, hooded wetsuits.
Anna Ehrgott
We caught the first north swell of the season. End of summer and early fall call for the first dusting of snow and the stirring of storms in the Greenland Sea. You truly feel at the top of the world while on the coast in the north of Iceland.
Anna Ehrgott
Nothing in sight, but the steel gray of frigid water. Towns are small up there. Mainly just warehouses and harbors, leftover from the days of whaling, and a few rugged sheep farmers... and these days, a handful of the most diehard surfers you have ever met.
Anna Ehrgott
After the absolute trip of my dreams, I left my beloved Bing Silver Spoon with friends there. I love knowing that it will stay at my favorite surf destination in the world. Scoring all my favorite waves with all my favorite cold water surfing companions.

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