Ski Tour Iceland

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Introduction

Iceland is a world-class destination for ski touring, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. The center of activity is the Troll Peninsula in northern Iceland with vertical descents of up to 1500m or almost 5000ft, thousands of peaks and slopes for all abilities with abundant snow fall make this a paradise for skiers and mountaineers. The season lasts from January until the beginning of June, and with the continual daylight of the Arctic Sun overhead and mild temperatures, snow conditions remain favourable with great corn skiing and the occasional powder dump well into June.

The fact that the Troll Peninsula is surrounded by the Arctic Ocean makes for incredible opportunities of skiing right down to the ocean on stable coastal snowpack but also adds the excitement of Arctic weather and conditions. Ski touring in Iceland is always a wild adventure no matter the weather and no matter the time of season.

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Course Details

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Further Information.

What's included
  • Transportation between Akureyri and the lodge
  • 5 days guided ski touring around the Troll Peninsula, North Iceland
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation in twin rooms
  • All meals throughout the trip; Breakfast, lunch and dinners included
  • Guide services with professional mountain guides and local experts
  • Safety and avalanche rescue training
  • Adventure Base representative
  • All ground transportation in the skiing area and pickup/dropoff at Akureyri Airport
What's not included
  • Transportation between Reykjavik and Akureyri before and after trip
  • Equipment rental
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Helicopter drops for touring
  • Gratuities
Who is this for?

Ski touring in Iceland is an amazing and super rewarding ski expedition. You will love this trip if you have done some ski touring before, enjoy off piste skiing (but you don’t need to be a jedi- there is terrain here to suit everyone) and enjoy a bit of comfort and luxury afterwards. Its a great combination of remote physical ski touring, earning your turns, in amazing terrain without the hardships of expedition living. And it’s all close to the sea which adds a completely unique experience.

Accommodation and huts

We spend the entire trip based in Hotel Siglu in Siglufjordur on the Troll Peninsula. All the rooms have views over the beautiful surrounding mountains and marina. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with en suite facilities. All guests have access to the outdoor spas and sauna. Evening meals and breakfast is served at the hotel.

Typical Itinerary

The skiing terrain in Northern Iceland provides endless options for ski touring, where you can ski from the mountain peak all the way to the Arctic Ocean. There are few places in the world with as many possibilities as the Troll Peninsula in Iceland. The area is vast and largely unexplored. The terrain has a lot of different options, from steep couloirs to easy and moderate slopes so we will always find the right itineraries for the group.

Prepare for different skiing conditions; fresh powder skiing, skiing in the stable spring corn snow, which is perfect for steeper lines. The descents can be up to 1500m or approximately 4.500 in feat, in the unbelievable Arctic mountains.

Training

To maximise your chance of success and enjoyment during this trip it is important to get as fit as you possibly can. So we have partnered with Uphill Athlete, specialists in strength and conditioning for peak mountain performance.

Read an Introduction to Uphill Athlete by Steve House, accomplished climber and IFMGA guide here

Mountaineering is all about being able to exercise at a moderate intensity for many hours (typically 5 to 12 hours) and your training should reflect this. Balance is important too as you will spend many hours walking in crampons. For this a good chore strength is important.

Remember to build up your workouts over time. If you are not used to exercising much, your muscles and joints need time to build up to avoid injury.

We highly recommend this 8 Week Ski Touring Training Plan to get you in shape for the trip.

Kit List

If necessary it is possible to rent most hardware items on arrival including a full ski touring set up.

1. Skis with ski touring bindings. Your skis should be a minimum of 90mm underfoot and should be off-piste specific.
2. Ski poles
3. Skins and ski crampons
4. Ski boots and boot crampons – these must fit and be comfortable as we will spend time ascending throughout the week.
5. Ski Helmet
6. Rucksack – 30-40l. with ski straps
7. Avalanche Kit. Transceiver, probe, shovel, harness with 1 screw gate karabiner
8. Sun Protection. Sunglasses, goggles, sunhat, sunscreen, lip salve/block
9. Clothing. 3 sets socks and light coloured thermal tops
10. Clothing cont. Lightweight Gore-Tex top/bottoms, warm hat, thick gloves, thin gloves
11. Insulating layers.
12. Personal first aid – blister kit, ibuprofen.
13. Cash for additional hot drinks / snacks on the mountain
14. Water bottle (minimum 1l)

Remember: Kit should be lightweight but functional – you have to carry it. You can rent most of the above on arrival.

Booking info

To find out more about our course, availability, or to ask any questions, please get in touch through the website or by phone on +33 (0)845 527 58 12.

We take a 20% deposit to secure your place on one of our courses, and we ask for the balance to be paid 6 weeks before the course start date.

Insurance

We strongly recommend getting specialist travel insurance that covers cancellation, medical and mountain rescue.

Make sure that it covers glaciated mountaineering and climbing/skiing in Iceland. We recommend the Dogtag (www.dogtag.co.uk) – they have comprehensive policies and a good reputation.

Getting to Akureyri

It is reasonably easy to get to Akureyri Airport with Air Iceland where your transfer will pick you up.

This normally involves one stop from most European cities in Reykjavik the capital of Iceland.

FAQ's

How big will the group be?
Our ski courses will be no more than 6 people per guide. If the group is larger than 6, there will be a second guide and we will have the ability to split the group if necessary.

Is it possible to book individually rather than a group?
Yes. We run our courses with a minimum of 4 people. You can either book individually into a group or you can book as a group and fill the spaces yourself.

What equipment will I need?
Please read the kit list above.

When is the best time?
Good conditions in Iceland are generally from January until late May. In January and February we tend to have more frequent snow falls and from March to May we’re spoilt with excellent spring skiing conditions where most of our trips take place.

Do I need insurance?
Yes. You will need to take out a comprehensive backcountry skiing package to cover yourself for your trip.

What’s the weather like?
The weather in Iceland is always changeable, but generally we are confident to say that January and February will be snow-filled and cold with temperatures hitting -20 on occasion. Fast forward to March till May and the weather is generally sunnier and we experience warmer temperatures around the 0 and above mark.

How do you match up people on the course?
It is very important for you to let us know your previous experience and ski ability level before booking with us. Then we are able to match you up to suitable groups with similar abilities to make sure you get the most out of your trip.

What will we do if the weather is bad?
Should the weather not play ball for a day, we’ll aim to drive somewhere where the weather is clearer. The days are long in Iceland, and skiing up until midnight is possible from March onwards. This allows us great flexibility and we may head to a thermal natural hot spring if the weather is bad in the morning. Then ski in the evening if it clears up, or the other way round. Either way we have great flexibility to fill our time with outdoor adventurers whatever the weather.

Why choose Adventure Base?

3 reasons to choose Adventure Base for all your mountain adventures.

1. Safety means success – We have been guiding clients ski touring in the backcountry for over 25 years with a very high safety rate. To date we have had no major incidents or injuries. This is due to us taking great care in assessing the current snow conditions, and educating our clients on mountain safety.

2. Fun times – We believe in fun times. Skiing in the backcountry can be a serious challenge. But who says it can’t be fun too? Our guides are full of energy, knowledge, fun facts and big smiles. They help create lasting memories.

3. Word of Mouth – Over 40% of new clients have been recommended to us by a friend or colleague. We don’t spend big on marketing campaigns, we stay true to our product, we pay attention to every detail and then let you do the talking.

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