Iceland's Volcanic Ski Tour
Iceland, Ski Touring, 8 days - from £1,095 (land only) - from €1,370 (land only) - from $1,915 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group's guesthouse in Reykjavik. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight at the guesthouse. There will be an initial meeting with the local guide at the guesthouse at 7 pm.
Day 2: Using rugged 4WD vehicles, we drive east and then north-east to Sigalda in the Fjallabak region on the only cleared road. Here, the skiing starts and after some basic instructions from our guide, we set off on the mostly flat 20 kilometre stage to the comfortable mountain hut at Landmannalaugar. The nearby hot springs are sheer bliss.
Day 3: After breakfast, we set out for a fun day on our skis. We will explore the area north of Landmannalaugar on a mostly flat 16 kilometre loop that takes us to the great crater of Ljotipollur and the imposing mountain of Kirkjufell, before returning to the hut.
Day 4: Today's 24 kilometre tour takes us into the hills behind our hut, passing the steam vents on the hill of Brennisteinsalda and the hot spring of Storihver, with its plume of vapour. Uphill to the ice caves at Hrafntinnusker, then easily downhill and back to Landmannalaugar.
Day 5: The great valley of the Jokulgil is on the agenda today and we include the hills of 'Hat' and 'Baldie' into our 15 kilometre loop. The views from each of these are not to be missed, extending to the distant icecap of Vatnajokull if the weather is clear.
Day 6: Heading out west from the hut, we ski to the canyons and hot springs of Vondugil, then ascend to the top of the viewpoint peak of Sudurnamur. Returning to Landmannalaugar after our 15 kilometre tour, the hot springs will be hard to resist.
Day 7: On this last day of skiing, we set out northwards on a 20 kilometre stage via the lava fields of Domadalur and the lake of Eskihlidarvatn. We meet our transport at Sigalda and drive back to our guesthouse in Reykjavik.
Day 8: KE Land Only package services end with breakfast at the hotel.