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.
A ski tour 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.
Date I: March 31. to April 7. 2019
Date II: April 7. to 14. 2019
Date III: April 14. to 21. 2019
Date IV: April 21. to 28. 2019
Early booking price € 1.790,- available until August 31. 2017, later bookings € 1.840,- (Minimum group size 5 persons). Included services: 6 days of ski touring with a qualified mountain guide, transfer from the airport and all transfers on day tours, full board, ski lodge with whirlpool. Not included: flight to Akureyri (typical fares: from € 400,- to € 600,- from Europe).
Tip: STA-Travel in Innsbruck has specialized on the needs of our customers and offers convenient flights at competitive rates. Air fares from central europe are around 500,- 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 in Ólafsfjörður
We could say a lot about this unique place but the pictures of our lodge in Ólafsfjörður, the Brimmes Cabins, 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 Ólafsfjörður in Iceland
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 Ólafsfjördur.
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.