The team

Captain Þorkell

Þorkell Pálsson. Captain and Managing Director.

Captain Þorkell is a co-founder 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, what he refers to as “the true high latitude sailing” makes him our designated captain. He established Vera Expeditions, an alternative travel concept offering personalized cabin boat 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 is a seasoned captain and he is no stranger to the Arctic environment. Össur loves the outdoors, he is a hunter and a fisherman with a great respect for the environment and its sustainability.

Birna Lind. Consultant

Birna Lind Björnsdóttir. Consultant.

With over 25 years’ experience working in Iceland’s tourism industry, Birna is highly regarded by her peers as an industry thought leader. Birna joined the Vera Expeditions team in 2019 and has worked in management positions for Iceland’s most prominent travel companies, airlines, and tour operators. She is well known for being a one-woman powerhouse who achieves ambitious objectives including the launch of the world’s first carbon-free whale watching ship. She is an amateur photographer with the eye of a professional. Many of her images can be seen throughout the Vera Expeditions’ social media.

First mate Ólafur

Ólafur Unnar Kristjánsson. First mate and Chairman.

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