Pho­tog­ra­phy by Chris Burkard

Ice­land isn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly the place that comes to mind when one thinks of pop­u­lar surf­ing des­ti­na­tions, yet it’s exact­ly where Chris Burkard, Ben Wei­land, and a group of six surfers head to with hopes of find­ing per­fect surf in freez­ing con­di­tions. Tak­ing to the remote island nation’s frozen coast­line, the crew trav­els through bru­tal win­ter storms and frigid cold in search of swell. Not to men­tion it was all dur­ing the worst storm to hit Ice­land’s shore in the last 25 years.


The film is the brain­child of Chris Burkard, who is by now a pho­tog­ra­ph­er of myth­ic pro­por­tions. Burkard is not only know for being one of the most fol­lowed adven­ture pho­tog­ra­phers on the plan­et, but also for his pro­cliv­i­ty for adven­tur­ing to the far reach­es of our planet.


Under An Arc­tic Sky is sure to be a film that is as much about surf­ing as it is about the tri­als and tribu­la­tions of any adven­ture; those impos­si­ble moments mid trip where there is so much weight in the uncer­tain­ty. The trail­er alone promis­es some near per­fect look­ing surf set against an array of epic land­scapes cap­tured with stun­ning pre­ci­sion. Not to men­tion the crew got to surf under a night sky filled with the Auro­ra Borealis.