The Peaks of Siglufjörður - IMG551

Siglufjörður

Siglufjörður

Siglufjörður

Siglufjörður

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

Northern Lights

Siglo Hotel

Siglo Hotel

Siglufjörður at night

Siglufjörður at night

Tour type: Alpine Ski Touring

Difficulty:

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Adult: 330000

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Departures: March and April

Duration: 6 days

Accommodation: Hotel with private facilities including breakfast

Group size: 4-12 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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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    26.03 - 31.03 2018 Full English
    16.04 - 21.04 2018 Available English Select

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