Sprengisandur - Traverse of the Icelandic Highlands - EXPI52

Tour type: Cross-Country skiing tour with pulka/sleds

Difficulty:

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HARD

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Adult: 440.000

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What's included: Guide/s, food for 10 days, transportation, hut fees, tents, cooking gear and pulkas/sleds

Departures: 13.03.-22.03.2018

Duration: 10 days

Accommodation: Tents and huts

Meeting point: Participants are picked up at accommodation in Reykjavík before the morning meeting with the guide and then again when the tour starts in Reykjavík, and dropped off at accommodation in Reykjavík at the end of the tour.

Group size: 4 to 12 participants

Language: English

Skiing per day: 7-9 hours

Note: There is a meeting with the guide the day before departure to go over the equipment and other travel details. Note that this tour can also be offered as a private departure.

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Ski across Iceland
    • Natural hot baths
    • Landmannalaugar geothermal area

    10-Day Cross-Country Ski Expedition across the Icelandic Highlands

    Our reward is an incredible combination of wide open spaces and impressive mountainous landscape and geothermal activity; here snow, ice, fire and water come together to create an enchanting winter world. The snow covered vastness, unpredictable winter weather conditions, and the isolation make this tour a personal challenge for the participants.

    The Sprengisandur Traverse ManualThis tour is challenging and weather can be harsh but we have good access to huts on the way. We recommend this tour as a preparation for the Greenland Crossing Expedition. For beginners in cross country skiing we recommend the Landmannalaugar in Winter ski tour before attempting the Sprengisandur crossing.

    Participants should arrive in Reykjavík on March 11th 2018 (the latest) since there is a meeting with the guide in the morning of the 12th of March 2018.

    Total walking distance: 220 km (137 miles)
    Altitude: 600–1100 m (1950-3600 feet)
    Maximum ascent: 900 m (2900 feet)
    Level of difficulty: Demanding to strenuous

    Sprengisandur - Traverse of the Icelandic Highlands: Expedition Manual

    Included : Guide for 10 days for groups up to 6 participants and assistant guide for groups from 7-12 participants, food for 10 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 10), domestic flight from Reykjavík to Akureyri, transportation from Akureyri to Eyjafjörður, hut fees, tents (3 nights), cooking gear, pulkas/sleds and transportation from Sigalda to Reykjavík.

    Note: There is a meeting with the guide (in the morning) on the day before departure to go over the equipment and other travel details.

    This tour offers an ideal training opportunity for those who want to join the Greenland Crossing Expedition or other Arctic Expeditions. However, it's first and foremost a challenging way of exploring the Icelandic highlands during the winter season.

    Meeting Point: Participants are picked up at accommodation in Reykjavík before the morning meeting with the guide and then again when the tour starts in Reykjavík, and dropped off at accommodation in Reykjavík at the end of the tour.

    Please contact us via incoming@mountainguides.is

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  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 0: In the morning (day before departure) is a meeting with the guide to go over the equipment and the itinerary for the following week. If anything is missing, we have time to arrange for things or go shopping in the afternoon.

    Day 1: Our Sprengisandur expedition begins with an early morning flight from Reykjavík to Akureyri, capital of the North. Entering Eyjafjörður, the first day's project is to get all the gear up to the mountain plateau at 800 m altitude. First night in a small hut.

    Day 2: On the high plateau we head straight south to Laugafell, where a hot geothermal pool is ready for a moment of relaxation. Night in Laugafell geothermally heated hut.

    Days 3 and 4: From Laugafell, we traverse a long plateau of small hills. We set course in the direction of a mountain mass crowned by the glacier Tungnafellsjökull. Our destination is Nýidalur that lies just under the glacier. Third night in a tent and the fourth in Nýidalur hut.

    Days 5 and 6: From Nýidalur our route takes us closer to the great ice cap of the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's largest, that dominates the skies to the east. Our route lies through Vonarskarð (Pass of Hope) and over snow covered lava fields to Jökulheimar at the edge of the south-west corner of the glacier. Fifth night in a tent and the sixth in Jökulheimar mountain hut.

    Days 7 and 8: Jökulheimar (meaning literately "Glacier Worlds") is the source of one of the country's largest river, Tungnaá. At this time of year the mighty river is typically covered with ice and snow and is therefore like a highway leading all the way to Landmannalaugar a large valley surrounded by colorful rhyolite hills. In Landmannalaugar there's another extremely appreciated warm natural pool close to the hut. Seventh night in a tent and eighth in Landmannalaugar mountain hut.

    Day 9: A rest day in Landmannalaugar, giving us a chance to explore this geothermal area in its winter coat. Lava fields, mud pots, geysers and hot springs decorate the landscape creating magical contrasts of ice and fire. This day also serves as an extra day in case we are delayed by difficult weather or snow conditions.

    Day 10: Last leg will take us north-west towards Sigalda, where there is an open road for the vehicle to transport us to Reykjavík.

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