August Sandberg // ISBJORN Skipper

August was raised on a tiny island on the west coast of Norway, where he and his parents were the only inhabitants. A remote and self-reliant childhood near the water translated perfectly to long-distance offshore sailing.

After serving a year in the army as an Arctic Jaeger on the Norwegian-Russian border, he started film studies in Bergen. While studying film production, August renovated an old Baltic 37, and then proceeded to circumnavigate the Atlantic with her after he got his degree. He then spent several years working in the film industry focusing on documentaries, as his father and grandfather before him.

After hearing the call of the sea once more, August became a professional skipper, operating mainly in the challenging and harsh Norwegian Arctic. He became fast friends of Andy & Mia after lending them a rifle for polar bear protection for their trip to the Arctic, and later meeting them on Svalbard, skippering an expedition in the same waters.

Ashore, August spends his time teaching filmmaking at Bergen University, freelance filmmaking, and as an NCO in the Norwegian National Guard. He’s taken over the family farm on the island, fishing, hunting and farming in his spare time.

August will initially be sailing with Andy on ICE BEAR for the passage south from St- John’s to Annapolis in summer 2019, and from 2020 onwards, will be ISBJORN’s primary, full-time skipper!