Day 1: After a pick up form you hotel in Reykjavik we jump on a plane for an hour’s flight to Iceland’s skiing capital, Akureyri. A short drive gets us into the hills above town where we are able to start the course off with a focus on the up-hill and on the essential use of transceivers and probes.
At the end of the day we head for our accommodation and base for the next day’s near Dalvik.
Flight: 1 hour; Driving ½ hour Skiing 5 – 6 hours, Ascent / Descent: 600m
After dinner, a lecture on avalanches that will set the bases for the field work in the coming days.
Day 2: The day will start with a look at the current avalanche forecast, weather forecast and other information available. After this the group will set up a plan aiming for both fun and safety. The work continues on the hill, constantly estimating the different factors that affect safety and fun during the day – this time using the tools supplied by the previous evening lecture.
Driving: 1 hour; Skiing 6 – 8 hours; Ascent / Descent: 1000m
Day 3: Time to look at the downhill skiing part. We will split the team up and one part will focus on the downhill skiing with a local ski instructor. The others explore the possibilities of maximizing the skiing experience by combining lift and skins for an efficient uphill travel leading to some high quality downhill skiing. If we are up for it we will continue the learning process with a lecture on the art of brewing beer at the local Kaldi-factory. The unfiltered stuff they store in the factory is even better than the bottled beer they sell in the local liquor store (Vínbúðin).
Driving: 1 – 1,5 hour; Skiing 6 – 8 hours; Ascent 600m / Descent: ∞
Day 4 & 5: We have now covered the basics and it is time to go skiing. The course takes on a more of a trip like character where the focus is on strengthening our good touring habits. We will also take on a few new things as we find the right conditions, those include the use of ski crampons, simple rope work and snow anchor building, use of a rescue stretcher and the making of an improvised stretcher. We will also have to tackle the making of emergency shelter and a few other good tricks to have up our sleeve when the shi..... , eeem, everything goes to custard!
Driving: 1 – 1,5 hour; Skiing 6 – 8 hours; Ascent / Descent: 1000m
Day 6: Last change to rip. An afternoon flight gets us to Reykjavik but before that happens we will be able to do one last trip in the area. Having all the tools and the local knowledge; finding the best snow should be almost natural and we will make sure to leave some awe-inspiring tracks and take plenty of pictures, knowledge and good memories back home. For those wanting more fun it is possible to extend you stay in the north for more skiing. If not we will land in Reykjavik in just in time to check out the world famous night life. For those not wanting to hit the bars the south side of Iceland also offers allot of attractions – or you can just fly back home.
Flight: 1 hour; Driving: 1 – 2 hour; Skiing 6 hours; Ascent / Descent: 1000m