Adopted Icelander Philippe Patay Pétursson –widely known as Filippus – moved there 45 years ago as a young man, and never left. Of French-Hungarian descent, his passion for birds started at the age of 14 on the Breton island of Ushant where he helped tag some rare species from Iceland, which aroused his curiosity. He was one of the first to organise treks and ski expeditions in Iceland in the early 1970s, and founded one of Iceland’s leading incoming tour operators, a family business that has been in operation for nearly 30 years. An early member of the Guide Association of Iceland, he is also a world traveller ,a talented photographer and an inveterate outdoorsman. Philippe has led treks in the Sahara, Greenland, Scotland, the Faroes, East Africa, Nepal, and recently discovered a new passion for Patagonia, and Aubrac in the heart of France.