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

The Ultimate Ski Touring Summit Tour

The breathtaking variety of Icelandic mountain scenery makes this one of the most unique  tours we have on offer at Icelandic Mountain Guides. On our itinerary we have three differently stunning peaks, all of which are both glaciers and active volcanoes. 

With each peak, our skiing objectives get more challenging, as well as more rewarding. We start with a warm up on the local delight Hengill. Following this, our next challenge is the world-famous Eyjafjallajökull Glacier, known for its travel disrupting eruption in 2010. In Skaftafell National Park, right under the great Vatnajökull glacier, is the home of Hvannadalshnúkur (2110 m / 6921 ft) Iceland’s highest summit and our ultimate goal! 

The skiing is mixed in with a healthy dose of sightseeing – so that our guest will not only tick of skiing in Iceland but also see some of the highlights of our little island.

Dates 2023:

  • 09.05.2023-13.05.2023
  • 15.05.2023-19.05.2023
  • 23.05.2022-27.05.2023

Tour Overview

  • Group size

    4 - 8 participants

  • Max Ascent

    2000 m

  • Language


  • Accommodation


  • We pick you up @

    Accommodations in the greater capital area

  • Skiing per day

    4 - 12 hrs

  • Difficulty



    Only suitable for people physically and psychologically prepared for highly engaging experience. Expedition level. Often involves carrying your own gear.

  • Availability

    May - June

  • Duration

    5 days

  • 18

    Minimum age:

    18 yrs

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Tour Highlights


  • Qualified English-speaking mountain guide for 5 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


Day 1

Reykjavík – Hengill

Our objective for today is local delight Hengill – our day stars at 09:00 with a pickup at your accommodation. We are heading for the geological theme-park of Hengill that opens to local ski-tourers in the late season. The mountains offers a nice warm up for us with a relatively short accent that at the same time is incredibly varied and fun. The mountain offers amazing views over the SW part of our little island (road closures and snow conditions may dictate some other local objective on this first day).

The drive to our accommodation at Flúðir takes us through the Þingvellir national part and we will stop at the Geysir geothermal area for some geology in action. In Flúðir – dinner and hut-tub!

Day 2

Eyjafjallajökull Glacier

Day three will be our second challenge; the climb of the famous Eyjafjallajökull which erupted in 2010 and caused enormous disruption to air travel across western and northern Europe for several days. It is a 1,651m high stratovolcano with a magnificent view from the top. The vertical ascent is around 1,600 m and the tour takes from 8-10 hours. 

Overnight at hotel Skógafoss.

Day 3

South Coast – Glacier Lagoon

We explore the beautiful South Coast today including many highlights like the black beach of Reynisfjara, the picturesque village Vík, the Skaftafell National Park, the glacier Lagoon Jökulsárlón and diamond beach. 

Dinner and accommodation at the foot of our biggest challenge. 

Day 4


We can expect a long day today, as we make the ascent of Hvannadalshnúkur (2110 m/6922 ft). Iceland’s highest peak. This will be the most difficult day of the trip with 2000m ascension that can take from 10-12 hours.  The peak is in the north-western rim of the Öræfajökull volcano and promises an unforgettable ascent with breathtaking panoramic views. The ascent will be rewarded with a 2000m slope. Dinner and 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 5

Return to Reykjavík

We make our way back westward along the scenic south coast of Iceland, passing beneath Eyjafjallajökull and stopping to visit the impressive Skógafoss waterfall. We return to Reykjavík in the late afternoon.

  • Day 1
  • 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.

Yes, most of our ski-touring groups are private groups. Please contact [email protected] for a quote on a private departures.  

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)