Skiing between the Fjords - IMG556

Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Fosshotel Austfirðir

Fosshotel Austfirðir

Fosshotel Austfirðir

Fosshotel Austfirðir

Tour type: Alpine Ski Touring




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Adult: 285,000

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Duration: 6 days

Accommodation: Hotel with private facilities including breakfast

Group size: 5-12 participants

Skiing per day: 5-7 hours per day

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

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • The untouched slopes of the East
    • Stunning scenery and northern lights
    • Charming hotel and small villages

    Skiing Adventure in East Iceland
    Narrow fjords surrounded by steep mountains plunged into the sea and tiny fishing villages is the setting for our East Iceland skiing adventure. The slopes of these mountains are perfect for back country skiing and ski mountaineering! Our base on this tour will be in the village of Fáskrúðsfjörður where we stay at the charming Fosshotel Austfirðir, located in an historic building from the early 20th century that was previously used as a hospital for French fishermen and houses a museum about that ear. From our base there we will travel between the fjords of the east, and each day find the best available mountains for our adventure. A truly unique ski touring trip in an uncharted area.

    Alpine skiing touring: 5-7 hours per day.
    Elevation: 0 -1200 meters (0-3940 feet)
    Maximum accumulated ascent: 800 - 1200 m (2635-3950 feet).

    Included: Ski- guide (assistant guide for groups from 9 - 12 participants), a welcome dinner on the first night, breakfast from day 2, lunch for all 6 days. Hotel accommodation, flight from Reykjavík to Eglisstaðir and back to Reykjavík, transportation in the east.

    Not included: Dinner from day 2 - 6, accommodation in Reykjavik.

    Accommodation: Fosshotel Fáskúðsfjörður. Transport: Flights to and from Egilsstaðir, local transport during the tour.

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: Reykjavik – Egilsstaðir-Fáskrúðsfjörður
    Early morning flight from Reykjavik domestic airport to Egilsstaðir. The flight takes 60 min. From the airport we head out to Fáskrúðsfjörður, a small picturesque fishing town south of Egilsstaðir. Our basecamp will be the comfortable Fosshotel Austfirðir. We get settled at our hotel and head out for the first skiing experience in the afternoon in one of the beautiful mountains surrounding the fjord. Return to hotel to get ready for our welcome dinner. 

    Driving: 1 hr Skiing: 3 hrs Ascent/Descent: 6-700m (1965-2300)

    Day 2: Fáskrúðsfjörður
    Our project for this day will be the steep and photogenic mountains surrounding the Fáskrúðsfjörður fjord. We ascent a 1.100 m peak with a beautiful ocean view. 

    Driving: 1 hr Skiing: 5 hrs Ascent/Descent: 800-1100m (2200-3600)

    Day 3: Seyðisfjörður
    We drive for approximately 1 hour to the beautiful village of Seyðisfjörður surrounded by very steep mountains and cascading or frozen waterfalls, where we will ascent a 1.200 m mountain which towers over the town. After skiing down towards the sea we stop for an “après ski” or a coffee in this village made up with multicolored wooden houses. The picturesque Seyðisfjörður is the most historically and architecturally interesting town in east Iceland. It’s also a friendly place with a community of artists, musicians and craftspeople. Return to our hotel. 

    Driving: 2 hrs Skiing: 5 hrs Ascent/Descent: 900-1100 m (2950-3600)

    Day 4: Norðfjörður
    In the middle of the numerous Eastern fjords we find the Norðfjörður, were we will be heading for today’s skiing. We will be skiing from a narrow summit which separates the Norðfjörður and the uninhabited Mjóifjörður. On the way back we will stop at the local ski resort in Oddskarð and if the snow condition allow we will ski off “piste” all the way to the sea in Reyðarfjörður. Short drive through the tunnel back to our hotel. 

    Driving: 1 hr Skiing: 5 hrs Ascent/Descent: 900-1100 m (2950-3600)

    Day 5: Stöðvarfjörður
    This day will be spent going between the fjords of Fáskrúðsfjörður, Stöðvarfjörður and Breiðdalur. 

    Driving: 1 hr Skiing: 5 hrs Ascent/Descent: 9-1200 m (2950-3900)

    Day 6: Return to Reykjavik
    On our last day of skiing we will ascent the backyard peak of our hotel. From the summit we can ski to the see on both sides. In the afternoon we drive to Egilsstaðir airport for the 60 min flight to Reykjavik domestic airport where our tour ends. 

    Driving: 1 hr Skiing: 3 hrs Ascent/Descent: 500-700 m (1650-2300)

    ***Please note that the day to day activities are subject to change according to weather and snow condition and will not necessary be in the described order. 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.

  • 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
    • Bathing gear (most tours in Iceland)
    • Aperitif or likewise (optional)
  • Gear Lexicon

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  • FAQ


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    What are the sleeping arrangements like during the tour?

    • Hotel with private cacilities including breakfast


    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?

    • The hotel can accommodate these needs.

    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. Flight leaves around 8:00 from Reykjavík 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: Ski- guide (assistant guide for groups from 9 - 12 participants), a welcome dinner on the first night, breakfast from day 2, lunch for all 6 days. Hotel accommodation, flight from Reykjavík to Eglisstaðir and back to Reykjavík, transportation in the east.

      Not included: Dinner from day 2 - 6, accommodation in Reykjavik.

    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.

    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

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  • Departure Dates
    Tour Dates Availability Language  
    19.03 - 24.03 2018 Available English Select
    23.04 - 28.04 2018 Available English Select

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