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Ski Touring in Iceland – Fire & Ice

Skiing from lonely peaks to the ocean shore, active volcanoes, hot springs, spas and aurora borealis, the northern lights

With its rugged coastline, secluded fjords, active volcanoes and glowing auroras, Iceland is a fascinating destination for every passionate backcountry skier. This country of fire and ice has a surreal appearance with ice-capped peaks and geothermal activity just below the surface. Leaving first tracks on these virgin slopes can only be described as ski touring deluxe.

Ski touring in Iceland between glaciers and geysers

Ski touring in Iceland means untouched mountains in perfect solitude. The slopes are rather flat and skiing is often possible right to the shoreline. No bush, no tree no tourists get in our way between the largest glacier of Europe and bubbling geysers. Iceland seems an unreal place, it is unique in many ways and particularly exciting as a skiing destination.

Dates 2024 Ski Touring Iceland

  • Bookable for closed groups as well as for individuals.
  • Every week a relaxed and an ambitious group will be taken care of two mountain guides.

Date I: March 01 to 08, 2025
Date II: April 19 to 26, 2025
Date III: April 26 to May 3, 2025

Price: € 2.440,-
Group price or early booking price until the end of August € 2.390,-

Included services: 6 days of ski touring with a qualified mountain guide, transfer from the airport and all transfers on day tours, all catering costs, ski lodge with sauna and whirlpool.
Not included: Flight to Iceland (typical fares: from € 400,- to € 600,- from Europe) and alcoholic beverages.

TUI Travel has specialized on the needs of our customers and offers convenient flights at competitive rates. Air fares from Central Europe are around 700,- Euro. The earlier you book, the cheaper it will be.

Why ski touring in Iceland?

When conditions are good, ski tours of more than 1.000 vertical meters are possible. If the weather should not be good enough, there are plenty of opportunities to explore lower terrain. Particularly in the north of Iceland, the mountains next to the Artic Ocean are practically untouched. Their gentle slopes are perfect for delightful cruising, no matter whether you prefer skis, telemark or snowboard.

What else makes ski touring in Iceland so special?

  • Long descents to the black volcanic beaches
  • Vast country, hilly, rather flat and safe terrain
  • Open slopes without trees or shrubs
  • Skiing and hiking with views of the ocean
  • Glaciers, volcanoes and geysers
  • The mystic light of the polar regions including auroras
  • Après-ski relaxing in spas or saunas with whirlpool
  • Austrian mountain guide
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The peaks around Eyjafjördur, accessible on skis

  • Böggvisstadafjall 773m
  • Selhnjukur 781m
  • Vatnsendahnjukur 877m
  • Sveigsfjall 904m
  • Karlsarfjall 988m
  • Hrafnabjargahnjukur 956m
  • Mulakolla 970m
  • Reykjaheidi 1027m
  • Jökulkollur 1065m
  • Kehranjukur 1097m
  • Kaldbakur 1173m
  • Hestur 1345m

Required skill and fitness level

A good level of physical fitness is required, at least for 1.300 vertical meters ascent and descent. Kick-turns for steep ascents and safe skiing under difficult conditions are a precondition. Remember that a proper skill and fitness level are the basis for an enjoyable experience.

Our Ski Lodge Selá Retreat

We could say a lot about this unique place, but the pictures of our lodge in Hauganes, the Selá Retreat, speak for themselves.

Food & Drinks

The price includes breakfast, packed lunch and dinner except drinks. We team up for cooking and you are welcome to make your own packed lunch. There is plenty of fresh fish in Iceland and the servings are generous.

Getting to northern Iceland in Iceland

The best way to get to northern Iceland is by Easy Jet from Gatwick direct to Akureyri leaving every Saturday at 07:20.

Also, Icelandair flies on Saturday mornings from Munich, Frankfurt, Vienna and Zurich to Reykjavik. From there, Air Iceland offers connecting flights to Akureyri in northern Iceland. It is a short drive from the local airport to the lodge in Hauganes.


Equipment for ski touring in Iceland

You need to bring the same gear as for a ski tour in the Alps. As a little help, please visit my recommendations for everything you should have with you in Iceland.

Equipment list for skitouring Iceland →