Iceland's Volcanic Ski Tour

Iceland, Ski Touring, 8 days - from $2,100 (land only)

Ski Touring

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

Approach shoes / trainers (to travel in)

Snow boots and slippers (for use in and around the hut)

Thin inner and thick outer technical socks

Casual trousers / pants

Casual shirt and/or T-shirts

Ski or mountaineering salopettes

Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants

Long johns (thermal underwear)

Baselayer shirts

Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater

Waterproof jacket

Warm jacket (down)

Warm hat

Lightweight balaclava or facemask

Eyewear- ski goggles and glacier sunglasses

Lightweight thermal gloves

Windproof and waterproof mittens

Daypack c.40 to 50 litres capacity

Sleeping bag rated to minus 5 degrees centigrade

Washbag and toiletries

Water bottle

1 litre Thermos Flask

Head-torch / head-lamp with spare bulb and batteries

Basic First Aid Kit

Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

Small towel

Antibacterial hand wash

Ski Equipment

Ski touring boots*

Ski-touring skis*

Ski-touring boots *

Ski poles*

Skins*

Gaiters

These items are optional:

Swimwear (for the hot springs)

Extra pair of warm mittens

Sleeping bag liner

Camera, film, batteries

Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

Ski Equipment:

The ideal skis to use for this trip are metal-edged Nordic Touring skis with a minimum width of 50mm, together with ski boots to suit step-in bindings. Strong but lightweight bindings, such as Rottefella (75mm) NNN BC or SNS XADV Raid are recommended. You also need full-length skins to assist with the ascents. You will also need a pair of strong poles with big baskets suitable for soft snow.

Ski Hire / Rental:

Ski Touring Equipment, which includes, skis, boots, poles and skins can be hired through KE, to be picked up (and paid for) on arrival in Reykjavik. The cost is currently (Feb 2015 – subject to change) 16100 Icelandic kronur (approx. GBP 80). You can pay by cash or credit/debit card. You must reserve your ski hire through the KE office and we need at least 4-weeks advance notice along with your boot size, allowing for thick socks (please specify European size), your height and your weight. Your guide will bring the hire gear to the initial meeting on Day 1. He or she will bring skis, poles, skins and several pairs of shoes of different sizes to make sure that you get a pair that fits well. Please note that the ski hire shop does not provide insurance for this equipment. If you want cover against loss of, or damage to, your hire equipment you will need to make arrangements with your travel insurer.

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