The team

Captain Thorkell

Þorkell Pálsson

Captain Thorkell is a cofounder and the Managing Director of Vera Expeditions, an MBA and a former consultant and corporate executive. He started his carrier in the ship building business, earning a ship building master’s degree. Sailing has been his passion from young age.  Combining his Yachtmaster offshore training, decades of cruising experience and his passion for sailing in the harsh Arctic, makes him our designated captain. He established Vera Expeditions, an alternative travel concept offering personalized experience, so that you can enjoy the adventures, exactly like our Captain does. Together you will discover the luxury of simplicity and experience the life of an explorer.

Captain Össur

Össur Williardson. Captain and Mechanical Engineer.

Captain Össur holds a Master Captain’s License with passenger endorsements from the Icelandic School of Navigation and Marin Mechanical license from the Icelandic School of Marine Engineering. Össur has been a captain on passenger vessels in Iceland for years and was recruited to join the Vera Expeditions team as a captain and mechanic. Össur loves the outdoors and is no stranger to the Arctic environment, he is a hunter and fisherman with a great respect for the environment and its sustainability. Össur has become a partner and he is now a member of the board of Vera Expeditions.

First Mate Ólafur

Ólafur  Unnar Kristjánsson

Ólafur is a cofounder and the chairman of Vera Expeditions, an MBA and graphic designer, owner of the advertising agency Dynamo Reykjavik and operating the publishing house Benedikt with his wife. Olafur’s passions for sailing and the arctic makes his summers on Vera a dream come through, he serves as first mate on board and as our marketing guru on land.