Who would have thought it? There are 45 courses in Iceland and most of them up to a very high standard. We caught up with Bogi Nils Bogason, Icelandair’s Chief Executive Officer who gave us a run-down on golf in his country and his relationship to it.
My father and brother are addicted golfers. When I was 7 years old I started to play with them at a 9-hole golf course in Eskifjörður, a small village in the East Coast of Iceland where I was brought up and since then I have fallen in love with the game. We have a short golf season here in Iceland which is good when you work as much as I do. However, it’s quite handy to be able to play late into the evening during the summer when the midnight sun makes the days longer. This is perfect when you are on an Icelandair Stopover as you can really make the most of your time out on the course. I’ve played golf at many fabulous golf courses around the world but there is nothing that compares to playing golf in Iceland in the nice weather, during the late summer evenings.
My five favourite courses in Iceland to experience on an Icelandair Stopover:
Golflúbbur Byggðarholts (Eskifjarðar). Where I started to play golf and I like to go there once a year. A nine-hole course in a hilly landscape which is great fun to play.
Korpa Golf Course. My home course. 27 holes which splits into three nine-hole loops which are all quite different, one is by the sea and the views can be spectacular especially in the evenings.
The Vestmannaeyar golf course is located on one of the Vestman Islands which are group of islands off the south coast of Iceland. The golf course is set in an old volcano and is a wonderful test of golf. Teeing off against a backdrop of volcanic walls; changing wind directions on the same hole and playing across and over the sea are all features of golf in Vestmannaeyjar.
I was born in Akureyri which is in the North of Iceland. The Akureyri Golf Course (Jadar) is a great golf course, in a natural setting with a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside and the appearance of a moorland course.
My other home course is the Grafarholt golf course which is the oldest 18-hole golf course in Iceland. The magnificent views over the exciting city of Reykjavik make this a unique golfing experience.