Alpine skiing in Landmannalaugar - IMG56

Tour type: Alpine ski tour in Landmannalaugar

Difficulty:

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HARD

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Adult: 235000

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What's included: Guide, full board, accommodation, transportation

Departures: Februar, March and April

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights

Accommodation: Guide, full board, accommodation, transportation

Pick up: Pick up and drop off at your Reykjavík accommodation

Group size: Minimum 4, maximum 12

Language: English

Skiing per day: 3-6 hours day.

Note: For this tour to be confirmed, the minimum number of passengers must be met. If the tour is not confirmed you will get a full refund. Note that this tour can also be offered as a private departure.

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Alpine Touring in the highlands
    • Volcanic landscapes and steaming hot springs
    • Nature bath and Northern Lights

    Although you might not think or realize it, Iceland can rival continental Scandinavia when it comes to Alpine skiing with its northerly location just below the Arctic Circle. The Icelandic Highlands are Europe’s last true wilderness, and they offer striking contrasts amidst an incredibly diverse volcanic landscape; craters, lava fields, snow filled gorges and canyons where thick steam curls burst out of the bowels of the Earth. Travelling through these magnificent surroundings in the summertime is already an experience of continuous wonder. 

    In winter, the Highlands are an extraordinary adventure open to only a few. Landmannalaugar, the base camp for this circuit, is known to summer guests for colorful landscapes and amazing geothermal activity (the world’s third biggest source of geothermal hot springs). In winter, the region regains its calm and serenity and this landscape of ravines and canyons becomes even more memorable with steam clouds rising from the snow-clad hills.

    Add to this scenery the pleasure of a nice warm bath in a hot spring under the evening sky, sometimes decorated with the northern light, and you will have an unforgettable experience. 

    Walking/Alpine Skiing: 3-6 hours day.
    Elevation: 600 - 1000 meters (2000-4900 feet)
    Maximum ascent: 600 m (2000 feet).

    Included: Guide for 5 days for groups up to 8 participants and assistant guide for groups from 9-12 participants, food for 5 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 5), transportation to and from Landmannalaugar, 4 nights in a mountain hut.

    Not Included: Ski equipment. We highly recommend that you bring your own equipment. Please take your ski boots as hand luggage on your flight to Iceland. In case of lost luggage you have your boots. 

  • Tour Itinerary

    *Please note that the described itineraries can change. The final decision on which routes will be skied each day rests with the guide and is based on prevailing conditions. There is an abundance of skiing possibilities in the area.  

    Day 1: Reykjavík – Landmannalaugar
    Early pick up from the accommodation at 7:30. Leaving Reykjavík we head east on the road towards Hellisheiði. After passing the village of Selfoss, we push north-west into Iceland’s interior, in the direction of the Atlantic rift. This road, the only road to the mountains that is cleared of snow, brings to Landmannalaugar where our vehicle drops us off. After getting our luggage into the hut we put on our skis. Our path takes us to a nearby mountain Reykjakollur. On our way, we will explore beautiful hot springs in the foothills of the mountain. When back at the hut the geothermal hot pool awaits us just a few dozen meters from the hut.  
    Driving: 4hrs   Skiing: 3hrs.     Altitude gain/ascent: 2-300m.

    Day 2: Brennisteinsalda and Bláhnúkur

    We start our day by touring through the stunning Laugahraun lava field. We then ascent through a concentration of steam vents on the hills of Brennisteinsalda and to the summit. From there we ski down to Brennisteinsöldukvísl from where we ascent up the hills of Bláhnúkur for a wonderful view over Landmannalaugar and Laugahraun.  After skiing down to Brandsgil we head back to the hut for a hot bath in the pool.

    Skiing: 5-6hrs.     Altitude gain/ascent: 600 m. 

    Day 3:  Suðurnámur
    On our skis we head out through the lava fields and towards Vondugil, before ascending a crater up to the summit of the mountain Suðurnámur. When the weather is good we can see the vastness of the open spaces extending from Vatnajökull to the east to Hofsjökull in the west of the vast rift. From there, there is an option to ski down the north side and ascent again before we descend towards Landmannalaugar.
    Skiing: 5-6hrs.     Altitude gain/ascent: 300-600m. 

    Day 4: Háalda and/or Breiðalda
    After touring through the Laugahraun lava and towards Vondugil we will explore the canyons and hot springs of Vondugil. We then ascent Breiðalda and/or Háalda from the canyon. From there we descent to Vondugil again before heading back to Landmannalaugar and its hot springs.

    Skiing: 5-6hrs.    Altitude gain/ascent: 600m.

    Day 5:  Landmannalaugar – Reykjavík
    Today we head out for a short tour to Reykjakollur, Bláhnjúkur or Suðurnámur before we get picked up around noon. We leave the Landmannalaugar hut and head north past Frostastaðavatn and the lava fields of Dómadalur and towards Sigalda. We return to Reykjavík where we arrive in the late afternoon.

    Driving: 4hrs   Skiing: 3hrs.     

    Note: All times are approximate. 

  • FAQ

    FAQ

    IMG56 Alpine Skiing in Landmannalaugar 

    What type of sleeping bag do I need for this tour? What temperature rating do I need?

    • A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient for this trek since the hut is heated.

    Is it possible to rent a sleeping bag for the tour?

    • Yes, it is possible. The price pr. sleeping bag is 7.500 ISK
    • Please contact us at incoming@mountainguides.is if you wish to rent a sleeping bag.

    What are the sleeping arrangements like in the hut?

    • The rooms have bunks and twin beds. Passengers have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travellers from the group. Some rooms also have a continuous line of beds in them.

    Is it possible to take a shower in the hut?

    • No, the showers are not operational during winter

    Is it possible to charge batteries and phones in the hut?

    • No, there is no electricity there during winter.

    Can we take a bath in the hot spring?

    • Yes, it is possible. It’s very close to the hut and a welcome relaxation after a day of skiing.

    Can Icelandic Mountain Guides accommodate dietary requirements due to allergy or religious reasons?

    • Yes, we can accommodate such requirements. We can also accommodate vegetarian dietary requirements.
    • Gluten free and Vegan diet will cost a little extra – 1.500 ISK pr. day.

    Will we ski on day 1?

    • Yes, so you need to be wearing some of the clothes you need for skiing and pack in such a way that you can quickly put on the rest of the gear..

    Meeting point and time

    • You will be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík between 8:30 and 9:00 am.


    Is it possible to rent skis through you?

    • Yes, it is possible. The price for skis, skins, poles and shoes is 16.000 ISK
    • If you are renting skis through us, you will need to send us your height, weight and shoe size.
      • It would be best if participants would at least bring their own shoes if they are renting skis.
      • We always recommend that people bring their own gear.
    • Fitting of the skis will have to be the day before the trip so make sure you arrive in Iceland at least 24 hours prior to departure.


    What is included and what is not included in the price?

    • Included: Guide for 5 days for groups up to 8 participants and assistant guide for groups from 9-12 participants, food for 5 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 5), transportation to and from Landmannalaugar, 4 nights in a mountain hut.

      Not Included: Ski equipment. We highly recommend that you bring your own equipment. Please take your ski boots as hand luggage on your flight to Iceland. In case of lost luggage you have your boots. 


    Cancellation policy

    • You can read all about our cancellation policy on our website here.


    Do you require a full payment at the time of booking?

    • Yes, we do. It is not possible to pay a deposit or confirmation fee.

    Do passengers assist with preparing breakfast and dinner during the tour?

    • This is by no means necessary but guides always welcome assistance from passengers with preparing meals and washing up after.

    Is it possible to leave extra luggage somewhere back in Reykjavík while on the trip?

    • If you are staying at the same hotel / guesthouse before and after the trek then you can leave your extra luggage there for no extra charge.
    • The BSI Bus terminal can also store your bags for 1.000 ISK pr. bag pr. day.


    Do all departures have an English speaking guide?

    • Yes, all departures will have an English and French speaking guide.


    If you have any other questions about this tour, you can contact us at
    incoming@mountainguides.is

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  • Departure Dates
    Tour Dates Availability  
    12.02 - 16.02 2018 Full
    12.03 - 16.03 2018 Available Select
    19.03 - 23.03 2018 Available Select
    02.04 - 06.04 2018 Available Select

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