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Iceland, skitouring 2020

The island of ice and fire gives us plenty of possibilities to enjoy a skitouring trip. The mighty island of volcanoes, glaciers, Vikings, cod, northern lights and hot springs awaits us as we discover their full potential. We will be based in a nice house at the Troll Peninsula, where there are more than 100 peaks reaching nearly 1500m asl. Large variety of terrain, from gentle slopes to couloirs, sharpen ridges and bowls, skiing down to the ocean, close to the towns or on remote areas. Long days to ski with no rush, choose the right time to enjoy the best light, bath on hot springs on the evening and look for northern lights at night.

Day 1; Pick up at Keflavik airport and hop in our car. The guide will drive us to our accommodation in the north, stopping for some sightseeing on the way. The journey is around 5 hours, if you prefer, you can take an internal flight to Akureyri.

Days 2 to 6; Skitouring everyday on Tröllaskagi area. Tröllaskagi is a peninsula with more than 100 skiable peaks, with altitudes between 1,000 and 1,500m. One of the features of the area is that you can ski until the ocean, always on open ground. Depending on the weather and the conditions, we will choose one area or another, always within a radius close to the accommodation and with the possibility of connecting different valleys. Daily elevation gain can vary between 900 and 1,200m, always depending to meteorological and snow conditions and group. Every afternoon we have the opportunity to swim in one of the municipal thermal water pools of the villages in the area, and of course visit the northern capital, Akureyri, only 30′ drive.

Day 7; After skiing we will head back to the capital Reykjavik, where we can enjoy its lively nightlife and where we will expend our last night in the island.

Day 8; In the morning we can have a nice walk visiting the city or visit the essential places, such as the famous Guysir or Thingvellir Natural Park, before heading to the airport to catch the return flight.

Iceland is located in the middle of the North Atlantic, just below the Polar Circle. Its south coast is affected by the Gulf current, and the annual temperatures and climate are moderate and with abundant rainfall.  This special weather shapes the landscape with the presence of large glaciers and ubiquitous greenery.

On the other hand, its northern coast is strongly influenced by the Arctic, with warm temperatures in summer and cold in winter, and abundant rainfall in the form of snow. The landscape has been shaped by the presence of large glaciers, which have left wide valleys and slopes of all inclinations, perfect for skiing.

Although tourism is a reality that can be overwhelming during the summer, in winter we can experience its completely rural character, where sheep farms and fishing villages are the protagonists of daily life.

Accommodation

We will stay in the area of ​​the Troll Peninsula, north of Akureyri. We have a house in the village, exclusive for the group, with double bedrooms, kitchen and 2 minutes from the thermal pool of the village

In Reykjavik, we will stay in a hostel located in the center, in double rooms with shared bathroom.

Bed linen and towels are included.

Food

The food will be bought at the local supermarket or in the largests ones in Akureyri. The approximate total cost of breakfast, lunch and dinner for the week is € 150 per person. The guide can coordinate the shopping purchase and divide it between the groups. There're couple options in town to enjoy local food.

Climate

Iceland is located at 64ªN, very close to the Polar Circle. At this time of year the temperatures are no longer extreme, the days are getting too long and the winter is over. Temperatures can go from -10 to +10ºC.
The main characteristic of the climate in Iceland is the variability, although generally in this time and in this part of the island the weather is quite stable.

Transportation

We will have a vehicle for the group. The journey from the airport to the accommodation takes about 5 hours. Domestic flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri is optional.
Once there, daily commutes are around 30 ′.
Perfect terrain for all expertise levelsr
Relaxing afternoons on the thermal pools
Best time of the year for Northern lights
Golden Circle sightseeing day
Perfect knowledge of the terrain by our guides
Excellent cuisine based on salmon, cod and lamb.

Backpack (between 25-35 l) with ski transport system.

Skitouring/Backcountry equipment (skis, boots, skins, knifes, poles).

Avalanche safety kit; DVA, shovel and probe.

Crampons and ice axes.

Helmet.

Technical ski mountaineering clothing, following the principle of the 3 layers:

1st layer: Thermal / synthetic t-shirt and tights

2nd layer: Soft shell / windbreaker pants Polar lining / primaloft / lightweight or similar.

3rd layer: Waterproof pants (GoreTex or similar) Waterproof jacket (GoreTex or similar)

Neck band.

Fine gloves. Thick gloves.

Hat. Cap.

Sunglasses and googles.

First aid kit and personal toilet.

Sun cream and lip protection.

Camera.

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Iceland, skitouring 2020

  • Dates: April 4th to 11th. April 11th to 18th, 2020
  • Time: 8 days, 6 ski days
  • Price: 1.300€ ( 4 skiers group)
    100€ extra if 3 people group
  • Group: max 7 skiers per Guide

Including

Private transportation.
6 night accomodation in Tröllaskagi, in a private house with kitchen and double rooms.
1 night acc. in guesthouse in Reykjavik, double room and shared bathroom.
Ski and mountain guide IFMGA

Not Included

Flights
Internal flights if desired
Meals other than breakfast last day in reykjavik.
Travel insurance
Changes on program due to weather, flights....