The Peaks of Siglufjörður - IMG551

Siglufjörður

Siglufjörður

Northern Lights

Photo:  Guenter Kast
Photo:  Ingo Wilhelm
Photo:  Ingo Wilhelm
Photo:  Ingo Wilhelm
Photo:  Ingo Wilhelm
Photo:  Jan Zelina
Photo:  Jan Zelina

Northern Lights

Siglo Hotel

Siglufjörður at night

Tour type: Alpine Ski Touring

Difficulty:

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HARD

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Adult: 330.000

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Departures: March and April

Duration: 6 days

Accommodation: Hotel with private facilities including breakfast

Group size: 6-12 participants

Skiing per day: 3 -7 hours per day

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

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Majestic peaks and long slopes
    • Charming hotel in traditional wood house style
    • Beautiful town of Siglufjörður

    Skiing in Iceland is a whole new experience and the Troll peninsula, or Tröllaskagi, in North Iceland has become world-renowned for its back country skiing and ski mountaineering. The region’s uniqueness comes from the fact that it offers long runs from mountain tops to the ocean below and a good snowpack lasting well into into spring.

    On this tour we will stay at the Sigló hotel, a new comfortable tradition style hotel situated right by the fisherman’s marina in the town of Siglufjörður. It is the perfect place to relax after a day of fabulous skiing in the surrounding mountains, offering a great restaurant and an outside hot tub.

    Our days will be spent touring the mountains of the area and in the evenings we will check if the northern lights are out. The possibilities for skiing here are endless, and every day there are new summits, valleys and open slopes for our ski touring adventure. We will keep the daily difficulty as moderate with 800 m ascents, but offer optional ski touring possibilities for those who like more skiing.

    Alpine ski touring: 3 -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 Akureyri and back to Reykjavik, transport in the north.

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

    Accommodation: Boutique hotel (price per person is based on double occupancy). Transport: Flights to and from Akureyri, local transport during the tour.

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  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: Akureyri - Siglufjörður
    We start with an early morning, 45 minute flight from Reykjavik domestic airport to Akureyri. The flight only takes 45 minutes with beautiful aerial views over the central highlands. From the airport, we head out to Siglufjörður, a small picturesque fishing town 77 km north of Akureyri and the setting of the mystery television series Trapped. Our basecamp will be the comfortable Sigló Hotel located at the pier, on the water. We get settled at our hotel and head out for the first skiing experience in the afternoon. In the evening, we return to hotel to get ready for a welcome dinner.

    Driving: 2 hrs. Skiing: 3 hrs. Ascent/Descent: 600-700m (1970-2300 ft.)

    Day 2: Héðinsfjörður the uninhabited fjord

    A short drive takes us to the once inhabited and now abandoned Héðinsfjörður. We will enjoy the scenery and hear the stories about how the local people gave up settling this narrow fjord, offering insights into Iceland's history. Our aim is to walk up to the Vatnsendahnjúkur where we can enjoy the view down this narrow fjord before we descent the perfectly angled slopes. As in the other days of this ski journey we will keep our days at a moderate difficulty. After a short rest, the guide is offering all those who are interested to have additional skiing.

    Driving: 0,5 – 1hr. Skiing: 5 hrs. Ascent/Descent: 800-900m (2625-2950 ft.)

    Day 3: Dalvík and the neighboring valleys
    Today, we head to the village of Dalvík. This is a small, quaint, typical Icelandic fishing village with beautiful views across the fjord with snowy, jagged peaks on the other side. The backyard of the town offers good ski slopes and after an enjoyable day of skiing, we will visit the local swimming pool before heading back to our hotel.

    Driving: 1 hr. Skiing: 5 hrs. Ascent/Descent: 900-1000m (2625-3280 ft.)

    Day 4: High peaks and ocean view
    There are no shortage of high peaks or ski slopes on the Troll Peninsula.  We are aiming for dramatic viewpoints where we can see the sea from all sides.  After the first descent of the day we will put the skis on again and make another mountain pass crossing before we ski to the sea.

    Driving: 1 hr. Skiing: 5-6 hrs. Ascent/Descent: 900-1000m (2625-3280 ft.)

    Day 5: Jumping from one fjord to another
    At the bottom of the valley are good ski slopes and nice peaks.  In the morning we cross the tunnel into the nearby Héðinsfjorður and from there we make the ascent to our peak. When we come to the top, we should have a good view down to Siglufjörður where we ski all the way down. After lunch, there are options of visiting the Herring museum located in the town and have a relaxed afternoon, or continue skiing for those who have not had enough.  For the afternoon skiing we will use the lift at the local ski area to get access to the backcountry.  We are aiming for descending towards the sea and come down in the next valley from there are short drive back to the hotel.

    Driving: 1 hr. Skiing: 5 hrs. Ascent/decent: 800 m. (option to do more: Ascent: 200m/descent 800m)

    Day 6: Eyjafjörður - Akureyri - Reykjavík
    Today we leave with all our luggage.  We keep the outdoor clothing on and go for one last ski run on our way to Akureyri.  In the afternoon we take the 45 min flight back to Reykjavik domestic airport where our tour ends. 

    Driving: 2 hrs. Skiing: 3 hrs. Ascent/Descent: 600-800m (1970-2625 ft.)

    ***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.

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  • 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)

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  • Gear Lexicon

    Alpine Ski Touring

    What is Alpine Ski Touring?

    Alpine Ski Touring is the activity of climbing mountains on ski gear that can be converted from a walk (uphill) mode to a down hill mode. The objective of the climb is both the enjoyment of the uphill movement and the thrill of downhill skiing.  
    Most IMG Alpine Ski Tours are based off accommodations in guest houses or hotels.

    We also have a tour where we travel from Hut-to-Hut (IMG 55).  In all cases, only daypacks are carried.  Participants are expected to be capable of skiing in most snow conditions and must be reasonably fit for uphill travel.  This gear lexicon details what is needed for tours based in guest houses and hotels. 


    Jacket with a good hood (wind and waterproof)

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    ME Manaslu

    We recommend a water resistant or waterproof “hard-shell” jacket with a large protective hood, and a Gore-Tex membrane, or similar material, to keep you dry. Make sure it is not too tight and that you can fit insulation underneath. Please note that a soft-shell jacket is a great addition but will not replace a waterproof hard-shell when you really, really need one! Good rain-gear – tops and bottoms are mandatory on all IMG tours.


    Ski-touring pants

    The use of soft shell pants or a combination of thermal underwear and hard-shell pants is sufficient. In both cases, the pants need to have pegs wide enough to accommodate the touring boot in walk mode. Normal insulated ski pants will not work, as they will simply be too warm when walking uphill. Those using softshell pants should also have a pair of wind and waterproof hard-shell pants for bad weather days. Having extra ventilation openings during uphill mode on warmer days is a great benefit. 


    Base layer

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    Bergans Merino

    The most popular thin base layer (next to skin) is made with merino wool because it is comfortable to wear for multiple days without the smell of synthetic materials. Most people should be fine with wearing the same merino shirt for 2 – 3 days on harder tours where weight matters. A thicker base-layer for colder days could also be a part of your adjustable layering.  We recommend packing short and long sleeve options to adjust to different weather conditions.  Women might want a sports bra as a part of their base layer. Cotton t-shirts are not advisable for any strenuous outdoor activity.


    Hands, feet and head:

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    ME Knitted beanie

    Gloves: A light pair of fleece or wool gloves/mittens does the job. You can also take a pair of ski-gloves or other wind and waterproof shell gloves. Having an extra pair of different thickness is recommended. 

    Socks: Wool is the preferred material for skiing socks, and different blends are available. If you are prone to blisters or have new boots, you should consider wearing a thin liner sock underneath your socks in your ski boots. Make sure you have a few pairs of socks to use to keep your feet dry.

    Warm hat: A normal ski-hat/beanie is perfect. You can also use a thick buff. An extra buff is nice to have - you can use it to protect your neck and face when needed, or as a thinner option for a hat. 


    Insulation layer

    A fleece jacket is a classic insulating layer material. Wool is also a good option. It is possible to layer up – two thin jackets or a jacket and a vest rather than one very thick jacket.


    Puffy Jacket

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    A light puffy is great during breaks. The insulation could be down or synthetic material (such as Primaloft). It should not be very big or bulky for summer time use. Synthetic insulation is preferred as it keeps most of its insulating properties when wet, but down is also a good option.  A puffy vest is a good option as well.


    Casual clothes / change of clothes

    Once in the hut, it is good to be able to change out of your trekking gear. We highly discourage you from wearing cotton clothing (including jeans!) while skiing or hiking but you are welcome to wear them in the hut/tent in the evening. If it is cold, a warm sweater (jumper) or an extra fleece jacket is always nice. We always recommend having a few pairs of comfy socks and some fresh underwear.  Avoid bringing too much extra clothing. Life in the mountains is simple and nice, so one pair of extra pants, a warm sweater (jumper), a few t-shirts and underwear should do the job just fine. Light sneakers and slippers for indoor use will feel great at the end of the day


    Backpack

    Our experience has taught us that it is best is to have a dedicated ski-touring pack. They have a special compartment to carry a beacon, shovel and probe, as well as the option to carry a helmet on the outside. Most people will get away with a pack of 30 – 35 L in size.  We rarely need to put skis on the pack, but it is recommended to have a pack where strapping the skis on is an option. 

    ABS bags have become popular because they have an “air bag” that can be opened in the case of an avalanche. The air bag will help keep the user floating during an avalanche. The down side of the ABS and similar systems, is that they will add about 3kg of weight to the back pack, plus some bulk. They are also quite expensive.


    Water container / thermos flask

    In Iceland & Greenland, you can drink from any stream, no filters, no iodine and no chlorine needed! It is good to have a small water bottle at hand. A 1L bottle should be plenty, as water is easily found all over. If you prefer warm drinks, we are happy to fill up your thermos in the morning and a selection of teas will be available. Very dedicated tea drinkers often bring an emergency stash of their favorite brand. Those who like cold drinks might like to bring their favorite powdered vitamin/energy drink. 


    Head-lamp

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    Even though the summer night is bright, the inside of the hut/tent might not be. A headlamp is also useful for those that want to do some reading. There are plenty of options available for LED head lamps that are just perfect for reading and getting around. A small flashlight will also do the job. Most LED headlamps have more than enough light for our purposes and the battery life is so good that one fully charged battery will be enough for your trip.  


    Personal first-aid-kit

    All the guides on our tours will have a first-aid kit available. However, it is still nice to have some small items for minor injuries. Band-Aids, Compeed for blisters, pain killers and/or anti-inflammatory drugs are recommended personal first-aid kit items.  


    Personal items

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    Make sure to have all your prescription medication with you. If you have any medical condition that could in any way affect you during the trip, make sure to let your guide know. For those suffering from allergies, having an antihistamine is advisable – or any other medication that works for your condition. Items for personal hygiene should also be included, such as a small bar of soap or some liquid hand soap. We recommend packing a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental-floss. Avoid liquid antiperspirant and glass containers due to risks of spillage. Feminine products like pads, tampons etc. should also be packed, if needed. If you take vitamins or other supplements, you should continue to do so during your holiday. In most cases, you are sharing sleeping facilities with one or more fellow travelers – so a pair of good ear-plugs can ensure a good night’s sleep. Those not accustom to the bright summer nights might want to bring an eye mask.  Please make sure to pack extra contact lenses (if needed), contact lens cleaning solution, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel in small plastic bottles that close tight. A big towel is nice to have – especially if you are taking a bath in one of the natural hot-pools. 


    Swim suit

    Bathing in the natural hot pools will be one of the highlights of your trip in Iceland. Make sure you come dressed for the occasion. There are no specific rules, written or unwritten on how to dress or not to dress; board shorts, speedos, bikinis or bathing suits – anything goes. Quick drying material is always a good idea. 


    Ski equipment

    Iceland and Greenland often have variable snow conditions. Your ski gear depends on your personal preference. However, if you are new to the world of ski touring, you should consider a mid-width ski (ca. 100mm at the waist) with a good all terrain rocker. Renting ski-touring gear is very difficult in Iceland and impossible in Greenland.

    Ski Boots:

    Many companies sell downhill boots with a touring option (side country). Although those are good for skiing, they are often very heavy for the uphill part. We recommend that you have dedicated ski-touring boots. Beginners in ski-touring should also avoid having the super light race type boots. Your boot will also need to be compatible with your bindings. 

    Skis:

    A good all-round ski that can be used on perfect powder days and on hard icy snow is the best for Iceland. Lightweight skis are great for uphill. With the development in touring and free-ride skis in the last few years, there are plenty of good options.

    Ski-poles:

    A two-piece telescope pole with an insulated grip in the middle of the pole and the top is ideal. Please note that regular ski-poles often have a handle that is very uncomfortable to hold while touring uphill.

    Skins:

    Climbing skins are essentially hairs that are glued to the bottom of the skis. The hairs allow for the skis to glide forward but prevent them from sliding backwards. Skins are like the fish-scales on Nordic skis, but they are more effective.  Make sure they are in good condition and fit the width of your skis. Many touring skis come with a pre-cut skin.

    Bindings:

    There are two types of ski-touring bindings - Frame or Tech. The frame bindings resemble regular downhill bindings and tend to be heavier. However, they are easy to use with a higher level of DIN adjustments. 

    Tech bindings (aka pin-bindings) need special connection holes on the boot – so they are not compatible with just any touring boot. They are lighter in weight and most modern tech bindings also have a reasonable range of DIN settings and safety features. Due to the light weight, most dedicated ski-tourers prefer a tech style binding.

    Ski Crampons:

    Ski Crampons fit to the binding and are needed for the hard uphill sections. They are required on our tours. Ski crampons are specific to each ski binding and come in a range of sizes to fit different skis.

    Snowboards:

    You are welcome to join our tours on a split-board, but due to the limitations of travel on snow-shoes we cannot allow snowboarders on the tour that plan to carry their board on their back. The split-board still has limitations on travel, due to the soft setup of boots and bindings. Therefore, “ski”-crampons are absolutely necessary. If you are you interested in buying a touring setup for snowboarding and expect to do much touring with skiers, you should consider investing in a “hard-boot” setup. We also ask you to practice putting your board together so that it takes the minimum amount of time.

    Avalanche gear:

    You will need a modern Avalanche Beacon, an avalanche probe and a shovel. We recommend 3 antenna Beacons. Dual antenna will do – but it is far more difficult to use. 

    Any working probe will work – we would recommend it being 220 – 260cm and that is made from lightweight aluminium or carbon material.

    The shovel should be aluminium, foldable, and have a good blade for digging snow. 

    The avalanche gear can be rented from IMG.

    Helmet: 

    A ski helmet is optional on our tours. If you choose to bring one, then you will need to make sure that you can carry it on your pack, as you will not wear it while traveling uphill.

    Ski mountaineering equipment:

    On our regular ski-touring trips, we do not need to have mountaineering equipment like a harness, crampons, ice-axe etc. This may be appropriate for some special tours and if that is needed, we will specifically let you know. 


    Sunglasses, sunblock and Goggles

    Because we spend many hours playing in the snow, you will need sunglasses. A high-quality pair of sunglasses with UVA/UVB protection will help to protect your eyes when sun rays are reflecting off the snow and into your face. The reflection can also do damage to unprotected skin – so a small tube of sun-block SPF 25 – 50 is advised. When the wind picks up during downhill skiing, you will want a pair of quality goggles - the bigger the better. 


    Other cool things to have

    Book – to read during the evenings. 

    Music - and head phones. Some of our guides also have speakers with them to share Icelandic music. 

    Diary or notebook – to write down your good memories from Iceland. Also, a pen or pencil

    Power-bank / extra battery for your electronics – small solar cells usually do not work that well in Iceland, so a pre-charged power bank is a better option.  Charging your electronics in huts in the highlands often is not an option or will cost you extra. Make sure you have an adapter plug and/or a voltage converter for 220 V. 

    Playing cards and travel games – or other toys you might like and can travel. 

    Cash – showers in mountain huts normally cost about 500 ISK and take 100 ISK coins. 

    Travel pillow – if it is not very bulky. Otherwise, you can just use your clothes. 

    Powder drink mix – Good water is never a problem – but you might like a bit of variety. Some powders contain vitamins and minerals that help your body after a hard day.  

    Shorts - It does get warm enough to wear shorts on occasions. They are also nice for sleeping in, and can be worn if you need to get out of your sleeping accommodations at night. For hiking, it is nice to have some pockets to hold items that would normally be in the pockets of your pants. But any old pair of shorts will do.


    Aperitif of other heart-warming spirits

    Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits - Liquor laws in Iceland prohibit the sale of alcohol in most places you come by on your trip in the highlands. Additionally, limited opening hours prevent you from buying alcohol in most places unless you are staying in a hotel. Having a flask (preferably plastic or metal) to share with your fellow travellers in front of the camp fire (gas heater) can be a great way top off a good day. You can buy alcohol in the duty-free shops upon your arrival in Iceland. Just follow all the Icelanders on your flight – they will take you straight to duty-free! Also, there are government run alcohol stores in Reykjavík called Vínbuðin.  If time allows, you can purchase alcohol there but alcohol is much less expensive in the duty-free shops at the airport. 

    On trips to Greenland, you can buy alcohol in the duty-free shop on arrival in Iceland. Duty free in Kulusuk, Greenland does not sell high % spirits – but if you make it to the supermarket they will have beer. 


    Gear shopping in Iceland

    Already in Iceland and need to grab some extra gear? No worries. There are a few shops in Reykjavík to go to (remember to ask for a VAT refund slip when you buy over 5000 ISK, which will save you 14%):

    Íslensku Alparnir: http://alparnir.is/  this is where IMG gets its Mountain Equipment gear, much of with is featured on the pictures above – can’t go wrong there.

    GG-Sjósport: http://www.gummibatar.is/ great products, but not in the downtown area.

    Laugavegur: the main shopping street downtown has a few stores, including some local brands like 66°North and Cintamani.

    Kringlan & Smáralind are the indoor shopping centers in Iceland – both have outdoor adventure equipment stores and are open on Sundays.

    For your own wellbeing and safety, we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list -  this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms!  Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience.  Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours, feel free to contact incoming@mountainguides.is


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  • FAQ

    FAQ

    IMG551 The Peaks of Siglufjörður

    What are the sleeping arrangements like during the tour?

    • Hotel with private facilities 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?

    • Yes the hotel can accommodate these requirements. 


    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 Akureyri and back to Reykjavik, transport in the north.

    • 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
    incoming@mountainguides.is

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