Highlights of the Tour
- Grímsvötn volcano area
- Crossing Europe‘s largest ice cap
- Mávabyggðir and Esjufjöll mountains
Nine-Day Cross Country ski Tour with Pulkas / Sleds across the mighty Vatnajökull Glacier.
Crossing the mighty Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier*, is a worthy task indeed and something that no outdoors enthusiast should miss.
The giant Vatnajökull glacier hides a number of active volcanoes. One of the highlights of this adventure is to reach Grímsvötn volcano at the heart of this massive ice field. After that we head a cross the glacier plateu, towards Hermannaskarð pass in the direction of Öræfajökull where Iceland‘s highest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur (2110m) is located. The peaks on the south side of the ice cap will seem to grow in size as we get further south. In Hermannaskarð pass we head east, down past Mávabyggðir mountain range and to the spectacular Esjufjöll mountains. The descent from the glacier the last day is down Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, the one that feeds the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
On this glacier traverse the conditions are often similar to those of the arctic. Even in spring we could find ourselves in demanding terrain and weather. Accommodation is in tents and huts.
The Vatnajökull Glacier Expedition is a great adventure for those who like to experience a short but oh so real expedition with the challenges that follow. Vatnajökull is also the perfect training ground for those who plan on future arctic expeditions since it has many of the elements of the arctic. Even for seasoned expeditionists, the largest glacier in Europe is simply a must do.
* Largest by volume, second largest by area.
Please note that we recommend that passengers arrive in Iceland two days prior to departure.
Cross country skiing: Eight days
Walking/Skiing per day: 7-9 hours
Total distance: 110-130 km (68-81 miles)
Altitude: 850-2110 m. (2790-6923 feet)
Maximum ascent: 750 m. (2460 feet)
Group size: Max 6 participants per guide
Level of difficulty: Demanding to strenuous
Vatnajökull Glacier Expedition: Expedition Manual
Included: Guide for 9 days, one for groups up to 6 participants and two for groups from 7-12 participants. Food for 9 days (from lunch day 1 to breakfast day 9), exciting super-jeep transport from Reykjavík to snow line on the glacier, cabin fees, tents, cooking gear, pulkas/sleds, sleeping bag accommodation the last night and transportation from Skaftafell to Reykjavík.
Note: There is a preparation meeting with the guide in the morning of the day before departure. Therefore passengers should arrive in Iceland two days prior to departure.
Meeting point: Participants are picked up at their accommodation location in Reykjavík before the preparation meeting (day 0) and brought back later in the day. In the morning of day 1 participants are picked up early morning and dropped off at accommodation location in Reykjavík at the end of the tour on day 9.
We can assist you with finding accommodation druing your days in Reykjavík before and after the tour.
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