Iceland's Volcanic Ski Tour
Iceland, Ski Touring, 8 days - from £1,095 (land only) - from €1,295 (land only) - from $1,755 (land only)
- Centre-based winter exploration of the Fjallabak
- Cross country skiing at its best
- Enjoy the Landmannalaugar hot springs at night
- For experienced ski tourers and fit beginners
- A unique winter landscape, perfect for ski touring
Just 3 hours drive from the Icelandic capital, Landmannalaugar lies at the centre of the volcanic wilderness that is the Fjallabak. Rugged peaks, narrow valleys, glaciers and hot springs make this one of Iceland's most fascinating areas and under its pristine winter snow cover it offers endless opportunities for ski touring. We begin this week of non-technical cross-country skiing with a level stage from Sigalda to our comfortable refuge base at Landmannalaugar. There will even be time for some practice, under the watchful eye of our experienced Icelandic guide, before setting out. For the rest of the week, we will ski loops away from our accommodation, starting with very easy terrain, the level valley runs where everyone can get comfortable with their skis. We will progress to slightly steeper slopes and more exhilarating ski touring on some of the low Fjallabak hills. Returning to Landmannalaugar each evening, we will be in the enviable position of being able to sample some of the world's greatest hot springs - without doubt one of the greatest assets of this holiday. Nighttime in the pool beneath the star-studded sky certainly leaves an everlasting impression. With its generally easy terrain and professional guiding, this is a winter holiday that works for both accomplished skiers and for fit newcomers. All ski equipment can be hired locally.
Please note that we are selling this trip in conjunction with our partners at Allibert (France's leading independent adventure travel operator) and with our Icelandic ground agent. As a result, these groups, which are led by an English-speaking Icelandic guide, may have an interesting cosmopolitan mix.
Is this holiday for you?
This tour demands a good level of fitness and a willingness to confront the Icelandic weather which can fairly be described as unpredictable. No prior experience in cross-country skiing is required. During the course of this ski touring holiday you will cover approximately 115 kilometers. Averaging 20 kilometers per day on each of the 4 longer days with two shorter days in the middle, with slightly more demanding terrain. Our day-tours take us across flat plains, along narrow valleys, up and down gentle slopes with relatively straightforward skiing. The ascent is never more than 300 metres in one day and there are no steep descents. The area is well travelled in summer, but when winter pulls its white coat over the Fjallabak, access is limited to those who have the right vehicles. So, we might even have this frozen paradise all to ourselves. The guide will carry safety equipment including a snow shovel. Regular cross-country skiers will find this tour enjoyable and quite easy, whilst for those with little cross-country skiing experience, it will be tougher, but very rewarding. Debutants can expect to take a couple of days to get into the cross country rhythm.