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Skiing the Mountains and Fjords of the North (6 Days)

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
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Highlights

  • Alpine ski touring at its best
  • Ski from impressive summits to the ocean
  • Relax in hot tubs after hard but rewarding days

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Just below the Arctic circle lies Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjörður, home of the capital of northern Iceland, Akureyri. Surrounded by numerous summits ranging from 1200 to 1500 m (4000-4900 feet), Eyjafjörður offers a great number of interesting descents and is an ideal location for a scenic fjord tour. Most of our time will be spent on the west side of the fjord, on the peninsula of Tröllaskagi (Peninsula of the Trolls), but we will also visit the peaks of the east side. The high northern location of these mountains will assure a good quantity of snow and the view of the neighboring mountains and down to the deep blue fjord is both magnificent and surreal. In the late afternoon, local swimming pools, that sometimes look more like a spa (heated with the geothermal hot water), are a welcoming place to relax after a day of skiing from a mountain summit to the ocean. Lodgings in a country guesthouse. Walking/Alpine Skiing: 3-8 hours day. Elevation: 250 -1500 meters (850-4900 feet) Maximum ascent: 1500 m (5000 feet). Total distance: 63 kilometers (40 miles)

Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Trip Type Vacation / Holiday Package
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Lodging Level Basic - 2 star
Flights & Transport Internal airfare and ground transport
Start City Reykjavik
End City Reykjavik

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Trip Includes

  • Food for 6 days
  • 5 nights in a country guest house with bed sheets, a duvet, and a pillow.
  • Guide for 6 days for groups up to 8 participants and an assistant guide for groups from 9-12 participants All transportation during the 6 days

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Reykjavik

Early pick up from accommodation at 8:00. An early morning departure from Reykjavík by road 1 to the north of Iceland.Skiing (Alpine). We arrive at our destination, west of the Eyjafjörður fjord, in the early afternoon. The first skiing will take place that day in Öxnadalur at Kinnafjall (1104m/3620’) when we skin up before skiing down the 600 m (1300 ') of elevation gained. Night in a country guesthouse.

Day 2 - Olafsfjordur - Skiing (Alpine)

Skiing (Alpine). Múlahyrna is a small peninsula situated between the villages of Dalvík and Ólafsfjörður, and here we will find todays skiing. A gentle climb up the Gvendarskál valley is rewarded with view to the dim blue sea of the Eyjafjörður and the North Atlantic Ocean. From here there are various possibilities of descents. Often we have one run down some excellent ski slopes that goes straight down to the valley, before we climb up again and choose a different descent. In good snow conditions it is possible to ski down a steep open slope that faces Eyjafjörður, with the ocean directly below your skisSwimming. After a good day of skiing we can relax in the hot tubs of the swimming pool in the village of Dalvík. Night in a country guesthouse.

Day 3 - Reykjavik - Skiing (Alpine) at Kaldbakur (Eyjafjörður)

Skiing (Alpine) at Kaldbakur (Eyjafjörður). At the East side of the Eyjafjörður fjord a beautiful mountain named Kaldbakur rises from sea-level to an altitude of 1200 m (3900'). The name Kaldbakur means “Cold back” and cold it can be! This impressive mountain boasts one of Iceland’s longest descent has abundant snow in the winter time. The scenery from the top is least to say incredible. A magnificent view of nearby mountains, the fjord and into the Icelandic highlands will salute us from up on the summit. After removing our skins, we hit the slopes and ski down to the coast.Local Flavor. On the way back we will experience a little of the local culture and history with a visit to the tuff farm at Laufás and the town of Akureyri, where it is possible to go for a relaxing bath at the Jacuzzis of the town’s swimming pool. Night in a country guesthouse.

Day 4 - Reykjavik - Skiing (Alpine)

Skiing (Alpine). The mountains over the village of Dalvík offer several good ski routes and a few of those can be found on the Sauðaneshnjúkar peaks (992m/3250’). The climb to the top is easy and from there we get a long descent down a great couloir back down to the valley. We can also take a detour to the Jökulbakstindur further in the valley for an a choice of different and possibly steep descents.Brewery Tour. On the way back we will visit a nearby microbrewery for a taste of the local brew. Night in a country guesthouse.

Day 5 - Reykjavik - Skiing (Alpine)

Skiing (Alpine). Today we pick up and move further north to enjoy a couple of ski routes on the tip of the Trollaskagi peninsula. This area only came recently accessible with the opening of a new tunnel, and at the same time new possibilities for exciting ski routes came available. Our first destination is in the uninhabited fjord Héðinsfjorður where we will find the mountain Vatnsendahnjúkur. There we will climb up the Möðruvallaskál for a rather steep descent that offers an impressive view over the fjord and the ocean. After a good day of skiing we head back to the guesthoue for a nice dip in the hot tub.

Day 6 - Reykjavik - Skiing (Alpine) at Siglufjördur

Skiing (Alpine) at Siglufjördur. Before heading back south to Reykjavík we are going to take advantage of the Siglufjorður ski area and use their lifts to get in position for one final ascent. Our target is Illviðrishjúkur (Bad Weather Peak) sitting to the west of the fjord Siglufjorður, with a steep descent that will take us right back to your vehicle. Return to Reykjavík in the late afternoon.

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