Alpine Ski Touring

The Volcano Ski Touring Challenge

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The ultimate ski touring experience. This tour takes you to three amazing glacier-covered volcanoes!

Tour code: IMG57

The Volcano Ski Touring Challenge
Price from: 390.000  ISK

The Ultimate Ski Touring Summit Tour

For this ski touring adventure, we take full advantage of the breathtaking variety of Icelandic mountain scenery. The tour includes three stunning peaks, all of them glacier-covered volcanoes.

With every peak, the skiing objective gets more challenging but, at the same time, more rewarding. The first peak is the iconic Snæfellsjökull Glacier on the beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula. From there, we head on to the world-famous Eyjafjallajökull Glacier, well known for the troubles it caused for air travel during its eruption in 2010.

Fittingly, the final challenge is Iceland's highest summit, Hvannadalshnúkur (2110m / 6921ft), towering over Vatnajökull icecap, the largest in Europe.

On this six-day tour, we also take time to see the sights on our way and ski in other areas, depending on weather and conditions each time.

Tour Overview

  • Group size

    4 - 12 participants

  • Max Ascent

    2000 m

  • Language

    English

  • Accommodation

    Hotel

  • We pick you up @

    Accommodations in the greater capital area

  • Skiing per day

    4 - 12 hrs

  • Difficulty

    Strenuous

    Difficulty

    Strenuous

  • Availability

    May - June

  • Duration

    6 days

  • 18

    Minimum age:

    18 yrs

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • Qualified English-speaking mountain guide for 6 days
  • Transportation in a minibus
  • Accommodation in twin/dbl rooms in 3 star hotels for 5 nights
  • Full board
  • Safety equipment

Optional Extras

  • Accommodation in a single room in 3 star hotels for 5 nights
  • Accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the tour

Tour Map and Itinerary

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The Volcano Ski Touring Challenge

MAP & ITINERARY

Day 1

Reykjavík – Snæfellsjökull Glacier

The tour starts with an early morning pick up in Reykjavík before heading out of the city towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula. A two-hour drive takes us to the foot of Snæfellsjökull Glacier, a dormant volcano, rising 1446m above sea level. This ancient volcano is perhaps best known from Jules Verne's novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. The ascent takes about 6-7 hours, rewarded with a sensational panoramic view from the top.

Dinner and accommodation in a comfortable hotel at the foot of the glacier.

Day 2

Snæfellsnes – Golden Circle

The days skiing will be based on weather and snow conditions but there are plenty of greater slopes on the Snæfellsnes peninsula to choose from. After skiing, we head south to explore the fascinating waterfalls of Hraunfossar. From there we take the well known Golden Circle, including Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and, Geysir.

Dinner and accommodation in a hotel at the foot of our second Glacier Eyjafjallajökull.

Day 3

Eyjafjallajökull Glacier

On day three, it is time for the second challenge, the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier that caused a lot of trouble for air travel when it erupted in 2010. The glacier is 1651m high, with a magnificent view from the top. The ascent will take about 8-10 hours.

Dinner and accommodation at the foot of the glacier.

Day 4

South Coast – Glacier Lagoon

Day four is a sightseeing day, as we relax and prepare for the final challenge. Heading further east along the beautiful south coast of Iceland, we will take our time and see the sights. Some of the highlights are the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, the picturesque village Vík, Skaftafell national park and finally the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón and diamond beach.

Dinner and accommodation at the foot of our biggest challenge, Hvannadalshnúkur.

Day 5

Hvannadalshnúkur

Ahead of us is a long day, as we take on the final challenge, Hvannadalshnúkur (2110m / 6922ft), the highest peak of Iceland. This will be the most challenging day of the trip, with a climb of 2000m that will take about 10-12 hours. With this great challenge comes a great reward, standing on the top of Iceland with a panoramic view like no other. With the view imprinted in your memory for a lifetime, it is time to claim the ultimate reward, skiing down the 2000m slope.

Dinner and the second night at the foot of Hvannadalshnúkur.

In case snow/weather conditions are not good on Hvannadalshnúkur, we will have to change the itinerary to another similar summit in the area.

Day

Return to Reykjavík

All good things must come to an end, and it is time to head back to Reykjavík. On our way back, we will stop by the impressive Skógafoss waterfall. The tour will end in Reykjavík in the late afternoon.

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  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
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Practical Information

  • Hotel rooms have private bathroom facilities. Electricity, cold and hot water in the rooms.
  • Cottages have shared bathroom facilities. Electricity, cold and hot water in the cottages.
  • Linen is included in the price as well as duvets, pillows and towels
  • I am a vegetarian/vegan/gluten intolerant, will there be a food option for me, what is it?

Special dietary supplement, such as vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, gluten free or other supplements, can be ordered at some extra cost. The supplement will include meals that meet the requirements of your diet.

  • The date I want to book is not available, can I still request to book?

If a date is not available it either fully booked or not offered on that date. You are welcome to contact us for a private tour if you cannot join on an available date. Please email [email protected] to request a private tour.

For your own wellbeing and safety, we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, especially that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

  • 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
  • A soft-shell jacket or other windproof 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) / (1800 - 2500 cu in)
  • Ski helmet (optional)
  • Ski strap
  • Favorite sweets / energy bars (optional)
  • Harness
  • Crampons
  • Ice-axe
  • Comfortable clothes for indoor use and non-skiing activities.
  • Toiletries
  • Any medication
  • Sleeping bag – (Only for IMG55)
  • Headlamp - (Only for IMG55)
  • Bathing gear (most tours in Iceland)
  • Aperitif or likewise (optional)