Mountains and Fjords of the North - IMG50

Alpine skiing in Iceland at its best!

Alpine Skiing in the North
Photo: Guenter Kast

Alpine Skiing in the North

Alpine Skiing in the North
Photo: Jan Zelina

Alpine Skiing in the North

Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Swimming pool in Hofsós
Photo: Jan Zelina

Swimming pool in Hofsós

Photo: Jan Zelina
Ytri Vík
Photo: Jan Zelina

Ytri Vík

Photo: Jan Zelina
I wouldn’t change anything about my tour. It was really perfect. The house where we were staying in was really nice and we had perfect skiing days. Ivar, our guide, was one of the best because he really knows the area and the region really well, and he explained and it was really one of the best ski trips I have ever had.

- Ruth Zeller Hauser -

Tour type: Alpine ski tour

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Adult: 250000

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What's included: Guide, food for 6 days, transportation and 5 nights in a country guest house

Departures: March and April

Duration: 6 days

Accommodation: Country guest house

Pick up: The participants are picked up at accommodation in Reykjavik at the beginning of the tour

Group size: 6 to 12 participants

Language: English

Skiing per day: 3 - 8 hours

Note: This tour can also be offered as a private departure.

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

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

    6-day alpine ski touring in the northern mountains of Iceland - a popular winter activity!

    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 over the neighbouring 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.

    Read about Ruth's remote and exhilarating multi-day ski tour in Northern Iceland. 

    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)

    Included : Guide for 6 days for groups up to 8 participants and an assistant guide for groups from 9-12 participants, food for 6 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 6), all transportation during the 6 days, 5 nights in a country guest house with bed sheets, a duvet and a pillow, transport on the tour.

    Not included: Entry fees to swimming pools (each entry is approx. 900 ISK per person), visit to micro brewery.

    Meeting Point : The participants are picked up at their accommodation in Reykjavik at the beginning of the tour.

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: Reykjavík-Öxnadalsheiði-Eyjafjörður
    Early pick up from accommodation at 8:00. An early morning departure from Reykjavík by road 1 to the north of Iceland. 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.

    Driving: 5 hours  Skiing: 3 hours    Ascent/Descent: 570 m (1900’)


    Day 2: Ólafsfjördur-Dalvík-Eyjafjörður
    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 skis! After a good day of skiing we can relax in the hot tubs of the swimming pool in the village of Dalvík.

    Skiing: 5-7 hours     Ascent/Descent: 900-1200 m (2900'-3900’)


    Day 3: Eyjafjörður-Kaldabakur-Grenivík- Akureyri
    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.  
    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.

    Skiing: 6 to 7 hours    Ascent/Descent: 1100 m (3500')


    Day 4Dalvík - Eyjafjörður
    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. On the way back we will visit a nearby microbrewery for a taste of the local brew.

    Skiing: 6 to 8 hours    Ascent/Descent: 1000 - 1500 m (4920')


    Day 5: Eyjafjörður-Héðinsfjörður-Siglufjörður
    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 guesthouse for a nice dip in the hot tub.

    Skiing: 5 - 6 hours    Ascent/Descent: 850 m (2780')


    Day 6Siglufjörður-Reykjavík
    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.

    Skiing: 3-4 hours     Ascent/Descent: Ascent 250m (820')/Descent 700m (2300')


    ***Please note that the itineraries described can change. Final decision on which routes will be skied each day is in the hands of the guide, and is based on snow conditions, avalanche danger etc. There are abundant possibilities for skiing in the area. For example we might do some classic routes like Hesturinn (the Horse), Hestaskarðshnjúkar or Fýlaskarðshnjúkar, or we might try our skills at some known steep descents like Rimar or Finninn (the Finn).

  • Equipment List

    Alpine Touring

    Ski touring:

    • Touring skis (AT – Telemark – Split-board)
    • Ski boots
    • Skins, cut for the skis, in good working conditions
    • Ski-crampons
    • Ski poles
    • Avalanche beacon, probe and shovel
    • Small first AID kit including a blister kit
    • Ski socks
    • Warm underwear / wool or synthetics
    • Pants, e.g soft-shell
    • Light fleece jacket
    • Soft-shell jacket or other wind proof and breathable layer
    • Waterproof jacket and pants e.g with gore-tex
    • Light puffy jacket (e.g. down or primaloft)
    • Ski-goggles
    • Sunglasses
    • Warm hat
    • Water bottle / thermos (1 – 2 liters total)
    • Gloves – two pairs thin and thick
    • Sun block, lip balm etc.
    • Back-pack with straps for skis (30 – 40 liters)
    • Ski helmet (optional)
    • Ski strap
    • Favorite sweets / energy bars (optional)

    Overnight gear: The style of accommodations varies between different IMG tours. Consider the following:

    • Comfortable clothes for indoor use and non-skiing activities.
    • Toiletries
    • Any medication
    • Bathing gear (most tours in Iceland)
    • Aperitif or likewise (optional)
  • Gear Lexicon

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  • FAQ

    FAQ

    IMG50 Mountains and Fjords of the North

    What are the sleeping arrangements like during the tour?

    • You will be staying in twin rooms. The beds are made up so you won’t have to bring a sleeping bag or sheets.


    Is it possible to take a shower where we stay?

    • Yes, it’s possible.


    Is it possible to charge batteries and phones where we stay?

    • Yes, it’s possible.


    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 – 1.000 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 skiing equipment through you?

    • It is possible but the rental does not have skis available in large quantities so they might be rented out. The price for skis, skins, poles and shoes is around 65.000 ISK.
      • 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, at least their boots. We also receommend people bring them as carry on item on the way to Iceland so you will at least have your boots in case of lost luggage.
    • If you are renting skis through us, you will need to send us your height, weight and shoe size.
      • Fitting of the skis will take place on the way from Reykjavík. 


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

    • Included : Guide for 6 days for groups up to 8 participants and an assistant guide for groups from 9-12 participants, food for 6 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 6), all transportation during the 6 days, 5 nights in a country guest house with bed sheets, a duvet and a pillow, transport on the tour.

    • Not included: Entry fees to swimming pools (each entry is approx. 900 ISK per person), visit to micro brewery.


    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 be offering an English speaking guide.


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

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    Tour Dates Availability Language  
    18.03 - 23.03 2018 Full English
    25.03 - 30.03 2018 Available English Select
    08.04 - 13.04 2018 Confirmed Departure English Select
    15.04 - 20.04 2018 Available English Select
    22.04 - 27.04 2018 Available English Select

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