Family Requests Body of Mountaineer John Snorri Be Buried with Companions Skip to content

Family Requests Body of Mountaineer John Snorri Be Buried with Companions

By Erik Pomrenke

John Snorri Sigurjónsson icelandic mountaineer
Photo: Golli. John Snorri Sigurjónsson on Esja mountain, 2019.

In a recent public announcement on Facebook, Lína Móey, wife of the Icelandic mountaineer John Snorri Sigurjónsson, expressed her wishes for the burial of her husband.

John Snorri was a respected mountaineer and the first Icelander to summit several major peaks, including Lhotse and K2. He and his climbing companions Ali Sadpara and Juan Pablo Mohr went missing in February of last year and were officially presumed dead. Their bodies were found in July on the slopes above Camp 4.

In her statement, Lína Móey clarified that the death of John Snorri had “turned their world upside down.” She and her family needed some time to come to a decision that would be both be good for them, but also consider the safety of those offering to help them.

As there are currently several teams attempting a K2 summit, it is unclear which team will come across John Snorri’s remains first. Lína Móey stated that her first choice is that John Snorri’s body be moved to his climbing companions and given a suitable burial. If this is not possible, then she desires him to be moved off the trail and placed out of sight. In her statement, she also requested that no photographs or videos be taken of his body without permission.

Lína Móey will be travelling to Pakistan at the end of July and staying there for some two weeks to finalize her affairs.

In her statement, she thanked all who had helped her family so far and expressed both her gratitude and concern for the safety of all.

Read our profile on John Snorri here.

Sign up for our weekly newsletter

Get news from Iceland, photos, and in-depth stories delivered to your inbox every week!

* indicates required

Subscribe to Iceland Review

In-depth stories and high-quality photography showcasing life in Iceland!