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. Thorkell holds a Master Captain’s License with passenger endorsements from the Icelandic Transport Authority. His License, decades of cruising experience, his Yachtmaster offshore training 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.

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 holds a Master Captain’s License with passenger endorsements from the Icelandic Transport Authority, his 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.