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6-day Private Ski Touring Course in Iceland

Join one of the certified guides in the Icelandic Mountain Guides team on this private 6-day ski touring course in Iceland. And get your off piste skiing skills to the next level surrounded by an amazing landscape.

Duration6 days
Offer periodFeb, Mar, Apr
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripNot specified

Description

This 6-day private ski touring course in Iceland is exactly what you need to take your skiing knowledge to the next level!

Iceland is not only a beautiful country with the last really wild spots in Europe. It also has some amazing powder due to its northern position, just below the Arctic Circle.

And we’ve planned a ski touring course for competent skiers who want to start learning about the fascinating off piste skiing world. But the course is also fit for those of you with some ski touring experience who want to strengthen your knowledge and skills.

And, off course, all of this will be done surrounded by an amazing landscape, like you would only dream about.

So we’ll focus on snow safety, but we’ll also work on efficient skinning (up track), improvised stretchers, partner rescue and some ski-techniques for off-piste!

We’ll try to mix hard learning, with after dinner lectures on avalanches and safety; gaining field experience, with practice of the essential use of transceivers and probes; and pure skiing fun, going to the best runs on the famous Troll-peninsula.

And we have an extra feature for those of you with enough strength for an after skiing activity. We’ll visit a local beer brewing factory, where you can learn about the secrets of beer!

So send us a request to make this private 6-day ski touring course in Iceland your next big adventure!

Meeting point

Reykjavik

Accommodation

Hostel / Guesthouse

Disclaimer

This is not a beginner ski course. Participants are expected to be competent skiers and should be able to enjoy skiing off-piste in variable conditions.

More info

- For those wanting more fun it is possible to extend you stay in the north for more skiing.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Flight, transfer and first steps

After I pick up from your hotel in Reykjavik we jump on a plane for an hour’s flight to Iceland’s skiing capital, Akureyri.  A short drive gets us into the hills above town where we are able to start the course off with a focus on the up-hill and on the essential use of transceivers and probes.

Flight: 1 hour; Driving ½ hour Skiing 5 – 6 hours, Ascent / Descent: 600m

Day 2: Avalanche safety

The day will start with a look at the current avalanche forecast, weather forecast and other information available. After this the group will set up a plan aiming for both fun and safety.  The work continues on the hill, constantly estimating the different factors that affect safety and fun during the day.

Driving: 1 hour; Skiing 6 – 8 hours; Ascent / Descent: 1000m

Day 3: Downhill skiing

Time to look at the downhill skiing part. We will split the team up and one part will focus on the downhill skiing with a local ski instructor. The others explore the possibilities of maximizing the skiing experience by combining lift and skins for an efficient uphill travel leading to some high quality downhill skiing.  If we are up for it we will continue the learning process with a lecture on the art of brewing beer at the local Kaldi-factory. The unfiltered stuff they store in the factory is even better than the bottled beer they sell in the local liquor store (Vínbúðin).

Driving: 1 – 1,5 hour; Skiing 6 – 8 hours; Ascent 600m / Descent: ∞

Day 4 to 5: Alpine skiing

We have now covered the basics and it is time to go skiing. The course takes on a more of a trip like character where the focus is on strengthening our good touring habits. We will also take on a few new things as we find the right conditions, those include the use of ski crampons, simple rope work and snow anchor building, use of a rescue stretcher and the making of an improvised stretcher. We will also have to tackle the making of emergency shelter and a few other good tricks.

Driving: 1 – 1,5 hour; Skiing 6 – 8 hours; Ascent / Descent: 1000m

Day 6: Finding the best powder

An afternoon flight gets us to Reykjavik but before that happens we will be able to do one last trip in the area. Having all the tools and the local knowledge; finding the best snow should be almost natural and we will make sure to leave some awe-inspiring tracks and take plenty of pictures, knowledge and good memories back home. We’ll land in Reykjavik just in time to check out the world famous nightlife. For those not wanting to hit the bars the south side of Iceland also offers a lot of attractions – or you can just fly back home.

Flight: 1 hour;  Driving: 1 – 2 hour; Skiing 6 hours; Ascent / Descent: 1000m


About the guide

Icelandic Mountain Guides has been setting the standard in terms of safety, expertise and environmental protection in Iceland since its creation in 1994. Our outdoor adventure company is owned and operated by mountain guides and was the first to offer the Glacier Walk in Iceland, which was key to the industry's exponential growth.

You will find our company's headquarters in Reykjavik and our base camp in the stunning Skaftafell National Park. Whether you want to go hiking, skiing or climbing or whether you are looking for a day tour or a multi-day tour, we can help you. Come with us to discover everything Iceland and Greenland have to offer.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 15953 each

Group of 2

USD 7977 each

Group of 3

USD 5318 each

Group of 4

USD 3989 each

Group of 5

USD 3191 each

Group of 6

USD 2659 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Flight to the start of the trip

• Lifts tickets

• Transport during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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