Arrival in Iceland.
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Nordic skiing, good accommodation, remote highlands, northern lights, natural hot-tub… do you need more reasons? How about wild reindeer and good food? This trip fits most winter enthusiasts, weather you are an avid skier or a keen beginner.
Tour code: IMG552
Ready for an active adventure off the beaten path? A short flight from the Reykjavík domestic airport lands you in Egilstaðir, east Iceland. From there you have great access into the remote wild highlands tucked under the great Vatnajökull Ice Cap.
The trip is a perfect combination of an expedition style adventure and comfort. Great food, one night in a real mountain hut and 2 nights in the comfortable highland hotel Laugafell with a natural hot spring and one night in the sleep-in museum of the Wilderness Center with all comforts, including a sauna and hot-tubs.
The activity is fitting for beginners as well as experienced Nordic skiers with all skiing equipment included. How about filling your lungs with fresh winter air and then relaxing in a natural hotspring while watching the northern lights dance over the sky?
Mountain Hotel & Mountain Hut
Facilities: Highland hotel with natural hot tub. Wilderness center with spa facilities. Heated mountain hut. Special diets can be accommodated.
February 27th & March 15th
There are two available departure dates: February 27th 2023 & March 15th 2023.
Both departures are confirmed.
Check into your hotel in Reykjavík.
Early flight to Egilsstaðir (07:30) where you will be picked up at the airport. A scenic drive takes us up to the high plateau north of the mighty Vatnajökull. Todays skiing of about 4 hours gets us to the highland hotel of Laugarfell where we are reunited with our luggage. A good dinner and a natural hot-spring with supposed healing power awaits. If the sky is clear there is hardly a better place in the world to see the northern lights.
17km – 4 hours. Double rooms. Hot-tub.
This is our adventure day. The destination is the hut of Snæfell. A snowmobile will transport our luggage and the all-important chef ahead of us to the hut.
Following the river Laugará we can view numerous waterfalls as well as the majestic mountains of Snæfell and Herðubreið (the queen of Icelandic mountains). This is reindeer country and with a little luck we might see them. We will arrive in the warm hut ready for good food and a adventures evening in this remote place.
18 – 22km – 6 hours. Cozy mountain hut.
After our little hut adventure, we head back to the comfort of the Laugarfell highland hotel. With all the wonders of Iceland the wide-open spaces are probably what is most different for most guests. And this day has plenty of that with views of the great Vatnajökull Ice Cap, over the rhyolite areas of Lónsöræfi and the vast floodplains of Eyjabakkar, were reindeer and gees flock to raiser there young.
It´s a long day in distance, but mostly down hill so time to fly on those skis.
28 km. Double rooms. Hot tub.
This is the last day of skiing and the easiest one. Now the view changes as we reach the edge of the highland where rivers have carved deep valleys and canyons and waterfalls drop of steep cliffs. Our place for tonight is the Wilderness Center, best described as a sleep in museum with modern comforts including the authentic bath-house with a sauna and hot springs and a 3 course meal worthy of our last evening.
15 – 18 km, double rooms in the Wilderness Center (www.wildrness.is).
After breakfast we say farewell to the eastern part of Iceland and fly back to Reykjavík.
February departure: will arrive at 10:30 in Reykjavík. March departure: will arrive at 12:30 in Reykjavík.
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