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Tales From the Road: Heidar Logi


In our latest Tales From the Road story, we chat to Iceland's first professional surfer, Heidar Logi. From chasing snowstorms and perfect waves to exploring the vast and wild landscapes of Iceland, Heidar is sure to inspire adventures.

What are the three things you never travel without?
Toothbrush, passport, yogamat
 
What has been your most eye-opening travel experience? 
A few years ago I would "escape" the Icelandic winter year after year. The winters are extremely hard. There are thick clouds weeks at a time and only sunlight for around 4-5 hours a day. I always thought of how I needed to get away. The last long "escape" I did, I spent almost four months travelling in Indonesia with my girlfriend. I was chasing waves the whole time and she was enjoying the weather and the culture. After that trip I realised that chasing tropical waves isn't what I love. What I love are the adventures; driving through snowstorms, getting the car stuck and unstuck, getting dressed while it's snowing and then surfing empty perfect waves with my friends. Since then I've minimised my travelling during winter season at home.

What is it that you love about travelling? Have you noticed a change within yourself or do you see the world differently since you've been exploring it?
What I love about traveling is actually that I start to appreciate home much more. I realise that I most likely have taken everything I have for granted and instead of spending so much time and money exploring the world I should probably spend equally the amount of time discovering what's right in my backyard. 

What's your favourite place you've ever travelled, and why?
My favourite place is probably Nepal. The people are friendly and the landscape is amazing. I thought I was never going to enjoy going to a non-surfing destination but I was completely wrong as that trip blew my mind! 
Tell us about Iceland's landscape? If you had someone visiting, where would you take them, what would you show them of your country? 
The landscape at home is simply stunning! I always say if you have a camera you could pretty much point it anywhere and get a good photo. When you drive around the countryside your amaze-factor gets stimulated every few minutes because there's always something new and different. Rivers, mountains, waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, black sand beaches, lava fields and the list goes on forever. If I was taking a friend around I'd probably go to the west and north-west, driving between sightseeing spots, hot-springs and waves to surf.
Tasi Travels is an Australian brand, and our climate is remarkably different to yours. What is it that you love about the cold, particularly cold water surfing? Have you ever been tempted to relocate to warmer waters?
What I love about coldwater surfing is the adventure, the work you have to put in and the fact that there are less people around. I just love having to go through so much to get what I love. Almost like when my girlfriend was playing hard to get to start with, it just made me want it even more. When I was younger I used to dream about living somewhere tropical with good waves. Nowadays there's no other place I'd rather live than home, there's just too much left to explore.
Best piece of advice you would give to another traveller?
Keep learning new things and don't get too comfortable doing nothing. 
To see more of Heidar's cold water adventures, head to @heidarlogi

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