Adventure Skiing in Iceland, skitour & ride experience

Iceland, land of fire and ice. The island is situated at the edge of the Arctic Circle and is unique in the world. It's the land of smoldering volcanoes, geysers, bubbling pools, impressive waterfalls and magnificent glaciers. In the north of the country, on the Eyjafjörður Fjord - Iceland's longest Fjord lies Akureyri, often called the northern capital of the country. Our base is located at the west side of the fjord. Here, on the Troll Peninsula, we find the most beautiful ski touring mountains with peaks of between 900 and 1500 meters altitude.

Highlights:

  • Perfect ski destination: snow and beautiful ski mountains in a wild nature with fjords, volcanoes, geysirs, glaciers and wild waterfalls
  • Including a short road trip: you experience Iceland in winter and see a lot of the country
  • Guided ski trip to Iceland in a unique, peaceful setting

Just like in Northern Norway and Swedish Lapland we enjoy the winter beauty with rugged mountains, frozen waterfalls and deep blue fjords. The area has guaranteed snow and a benefit is certainly that you do not need to acclimatise as you would need to do in the Alps. Mountain ridges connect closely to the fjords and there are endless possibilities for  skitouring and backcountry skiing. This magical island with fjords, volcanoes, geysirs, glaciers, waterfalls and mountain ridges is ideal for a guided randonnee ski holiday. Luckily, it still has not been discovered by the masses, but as a skitouring destination it is definitely marked on the world map.

From our comfortable lodge we will decide every day where we're gona go that day, depending on weather and snow conditions. We have our own bus or car and it gives us the freedom to go anywhere we like. Siglufjör∂ur, the village where we stay, once was a bustling town of fishermen and whalers. There is an interesting museum which gives you a good idea about its past. It used to be a tough world and Siglufjör∂ur was a safe haven by the natural inlet. Generally clear skies helped the fisherman navigating and obviously this is not a disadvantage for us skiers.  There is a small family skistation, just a few lifts and often open in the afternoon and evening. It gives access to quite big terrain and the couple of lifts give us access to beautiful skitouring and freeride runs. From here, we can ascent some nice peaks and bowls are available on several sides. You will enjoy its beautiful views, a perfect start of the week!  The hotel is comfortable and situated in the harbor which provides extra charm.

Tentative program:
Iceland Air has daily direct flights to Reykjavik from all major European airports and also from Canada and North America.  Plan your arrival in the early afternoon. Either we will take the late domestic flight to Akureyro or we will drive with our own shuttle bus to the far northern place of Siglufjör∂ur on the Troll Peninsula. From here we will pick a daily ski destination, up to a 1 hour drive away by car. This way we are very flexible and we can choose the right region under the circumstances.  Almost always we will be overlooking a fjord and possibly we can sail to the other side of the Eyjafjörður, to the mountains of Latraströnd, where no vehicles have access to. An exceptional solitary ski touring trip! Upon return at the hotel, you can relax outside in the large hotpool.

We take the evening meals at the hotel but sometimes on the way back from a trip in an Icelandic pub with billiards and Icelandic lager. A further variation, which allows us to greatly expand our range,  is by using the helicopter of our Icelandic friends and heliskiguides. Not to go heliskiing, but to give heli-assisted skitouring a try.  In the early morning we fly up to a first peak where we get out. When the helicopter is gone we are on our own and it feels good! We first take a good look around, there is no time pressure. Then we start off with a first nice glacierrun, alpine skiing on the glacier, very enjoyable and with still good legs! When it flattens out we put the skins under the skis to hike back up to the second peak. And we can do it again. And why not, again! On a beautiful spot we have our lunch. The last descent takes us back into the valley, the Ski∂adalur or Svarfa∂ardalur.

If we want to enjoy some more alpine skiing or freeriding, we can use the few ski lifts close to Siglu. From the highest lift we can make some nice freeride slopes overlooking the fjord and by using our climbing skins we can reach several peaks followed by nice descents. There is even a descent that is pointing straight at the sea, this is very special! At the end of the week we have the choice to do another short ski tour and then drive to Reykjavik or use the day as a travel day and stop at hot springs or other interesting places. The last night we'll stay in the trendy city of Reykjavik and go for a hot night out! The locals know how to celebrate the weekend. Early next morning the flight leaves to get you back to the rest of the world.

Nature of the trip:
Basically this is a guided ski touring trip in a unique peaceful environment; we will also make some nice long descents. Technical aids such as lifts, a snowcat or helicopter may be used to extend our range; it is adventure skiing, but in a relaxed way.  Nothing is mandatory and if you prefer to skip a day to be able to relax and read a book: this is all quite possible.

Information

Nb days 8
Physical condition Excellent (> 4 hours per week intensive training *) * Intense exercise = load of at least 65% of maximum heart rate. When in doubt, please contact us! Being able to skin up for max 5 hrs, 1250m vertical.
Ski / snowboard technique Good skitechnique in all kinds of snow, off piste with a daypack. Ski touring/randonnee experience required.
Number of participants 5-10
Our Service Package Includes 7 nights halfboard in hotels and lodges, local road transfers including toll roads, 7 days guiding by IFMGA certified mountain- and skiguide, use of avi gear and harness for glacier travel (if you don't posses own gear, let us know min 30 days prior to departure)
Not Included Are Flights to and from Iceland (early bookers safe money!), possibly 1 domestic flight (from ± € 72,-), possible entries in hotsprings our sighseeing destinations, drinks, lunches (sandwich), other personal expenses, possible 1 helicopterflight (if the group decides so) for heli assisted skitouring (from ± € 190 pp), lifttickets (€ 25), possible snowcat (€ 30 per ride up)
Price € 2.250,- pp (min. 5 participants)

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