Oceans, Valleys and Peaks - IMG55

Enjoy one of the best skiing possible in Iceland!

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Tour type: Alpine ski touring from hut to hut

Difficulty:

EASY

HARD

Price from:  

Adult: 340000

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What's included: Guide/s, food for 6 days, all transportation and accommodation

Departures: March and April

Duration: 6 days, 5 nights

Accommodation: Mountain huts, hostel

Pick up: Participants are picked up at their accommodation before the tour starts in Reykjavik and dropped off at their accommodation in Reykjavik at the end of the tour

Group size: 6 to 12 participants

Language: English

Skiing per day: 5 - 8 hours

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

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Alpine ski touring from hut to hut
    • One of our favorite alpine touring ski areas
    • Pure wilderness feeling

    Alpine touring skiing in Eyjafjörður

    The mountain massif between the Skjálfandaflói bay and the Eyjafjörður fjord is one of the greatest areas for alpine touring in Iceland. The massif is cut into three mountain ridges by two walleys from north to south with peaks rising on each side up to 1200 meters (4000 feet) over sea level. This makes each day‘s skiing ideal in length and guarantees very nice skiing down to the huts we stay in during the tour. This ski tour takes us from the east part of the massif across to the west, staying in small basic but warm mountain huts on the way, enjoying one the best skiing possible on Iceland’s north coast.

    Total distance: 63 kilometers (40 miles)
    Walking/Skiing per day: 5 - 8 hours
    Altitude: 250 - 1500 meters (850 - 5000 feet)
    Maximum ascent: 1100 meters (3600 feet)

    Included in price: Flights to/from Akureyri, guide for 6 days for groups up to 8 participants and assistant guide for groups from 9 - 12 participants, food for 6 days (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 6)(except dinner on day 1), all transportation during the 6 days, 4 nights in mountain hut sleeping bag accommodation, 1 night in hostel in Akureyri.

    Please note: You can add a pick up and drop off at your accommodation in Reykjavík at the beginning/end of the tour for 4.400 ISK.

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: Reykjavík -Kinnarfjöll

    Early pick up from accommodation at 8:00. Flight from Reykjavík to Akureyri. Warm up by a around 4-6 hours touring in the mountains close to Akureyri. At the end of the day we check our selfs in at one of the hostels, and head our for dinner (not included).
    Skiing: 4-6 hours. Ascent: 800m (2000ft) - Descent: 800m (2000ft)

    Day 2: Kotárhnúkur- Heiðarhús

    Crossing of the Kinnarfjöll mountains, passing the valley Kotadalur and the 1211m (3973f) high Kotárhnúkur. We then descent into the wide Flateyjardalur to the Heiðarhús hut where we pass the night.
    Skiing: 5-7 hours . Ascent: 1500m (4900f) - Descent: 1400m (4500f)

    Day 3: Skálavíkurhnúkur

    With skins on we climb the ridges of the Skálavíkurhnúkur peak. From the top there is a fantastic view over the Skjálfandi bay and the row of peaks to the north. Beautiful descent to the same hut where we stay for a second night.
    Skiing: 5 to 8 hours Ascent/descent: 1000m (3280f)

    Day 4: Lambaskálar – Gil

    From our hut we climb the slopes towards the peaks of Lambaskálar 980m high (3210f). We pass north of the peaks, climbing them if conditions allow. We then ski down the steep slopes of Lambárstykki, towards the hut at Gil where we stay for the night. 
    Skiing: 5 to 7 hours Ascent/descent: 900m (2950f) 

    Day 5: Gil

    From the hut Gil we will move north, down the valley and towards the ocean. There are plenty of options to choose from as we start climbing – endless slopes and bowls. We set our day up with a few climbs and runs that by the time we have had our fill, leave us with one final run ending at the hut. This last night is spent in Gil.
    Skiing: 5 to 7 hours Ascent/descent: 900m (2950f)

    Day 6: Þröskuldur – Kaldbakur - Akureyri

    Climb from the hut at Gil to the col at Þröskuldur and from there up the ridge to the summit of Kaldbakur 1160m (3800f). From there a magnificent descent towards the village Grenivík and the Eyjafjörður fjord. Close to the village we get picked up and drive to Akureyri airport for our flight back to Reykjavik.
    Skiing: 5 - 7 hours Ascent: 1060m (3480f) - Descent: 1160m (3800f)

    *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.

  • 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.
    • 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
    • Sleeping bag 
    • Head lamp
    • Bathing gear (most tours in Iceland)
    • Aperitif or likewise (optional)
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  • FAQ

    FAQ

    IMG55 Oceans, Valleys and Peaks

    What are the sleeping arrangements like during the tour?

    • You will be staying in a hostel in Akureyri and huts on the tour. In the hostel you could be from 2-6 in one room and the hut is an open space where everyone sleeps side by side. You will need sleeping bags for both accommodations. 

     

    Is it possible to take a shower where we stay?

    • Yes, at the hostel but not at the huts.


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

    • Yes, at the hostel but not at the huts.


    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 6:50 and 7:20 am. The flight leaves at 8:00 from Reykjavik Airport.

     

    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.


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

    • Included: Flights to/from Akureyri, guide for 6 days for groups up to 8 participants and assistant guide for groups from 9 - 12 participants, food for 6 days (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 6)(except dinner on day 1), all transportation during the 6 days, 4 nights in mountain hut sleeping bag accommodation, 1 night in hostel in Akureyri.
    • Not included: Dinner on day 1 in Akureyri.


    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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    26.03 - 31.03 2018 Available English Select
    09.04 - 14.04 2018 Available English Select
    23.04 - 28.04 2018 Available English Select

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