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Iceland, 10 Day Group Cross Country Ski Tour

Let one of the certified guides in the Icelandic Mountain Guides team take you on this magnificent Cross-country group skiing tour across the Icelandic Highlands for 10 days.

Duration10 days
Offer periodMar
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified

Description

This Cross-Country Group Ski Expedition across the Icelandic Highlands for 10 days is an incredible adventure that will take through an incredible combination of wild spots and impressive mountain landscape with geothermal activity.

This traverse will take you across the beautiful Sprengisandur, which is a highland plateau located roughly between the Hofsjökull and Vatnajökull glaciers. It’s an ancient pass which use to be one of the most important north-south routes that connected isolated areas.

So you’ll experience an adventure where you’ll gave to ski pulling a pulka, which is a sled that carries your equipment. This, plus the harsh weather, makes it a challenging tour. But the combination of snow, ice and incredible geothermal waters makes it a unique adventure.

We’ll be cross-country skiing for around 7 to 9 hours every day, that will makes us cross a total distance of 220 kms. Because of the demanding level of this tour we’ll meet with you in Reykjavík the day before leaving to check your gear and talk about the trip.

Then we’ll fly to Akureyri and we’ll start our journey through Eyjafjörður. From there on it will be us alone in the middle of the wildest and remotest areas you can imagine!

But every afternoon you’ll be able to relax in the geothermal hot springs along the way!

So send us a request to book this amazing group trip and let’s start planning your next big expedition!

Accommodation

Tents and mountain huts.

More info

- There is a meeting with the guide (in the morning) on the day before departure to go over the equipment and other travel details. - Note that this tour can also be offered as a private departure.

Meeting point

Reykjavík.

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Itinerary

Day 0: Team meeting

In the morning of the day before departure is a meeting with the guide to go over the equipment and the itinerary for the following week. If anything is missing, we have time to arrange for things or go shopping in the afternoon.

 

Day 1: Reykjavík - Akureyri - Eyjafjörður

Our Sprengisandur expedition begins with an early morning flight from Reykjavík to Akureyri, capital of the North. Entering Eyjafjörður, the first day’s project is to get all the gear up to the mountain plateau at 800 m altitude. First night in a small hut.

Day 2: Laugafell

On the high plateau we head straight south to Laugafell, where a hot geothermal pool is ready for a moment of relaxation. Night in Laugafell geothermally heated hut.

Day 3 to 4: Laugafell - Nýidalur

From Laugafell, we traverse a long plateau of small hills. We set course in the direction of a mountain mass crowned by the glacier Tungnafellsjökull. Our destination is Nýidalur that lies just under the glacier. Third night in a tent and the fourth in Nýidalur hut.

Day 5 to 6: Nýidalur - Jökulheimar

From Nýidalur our route takes us closer to the great ice cap of the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest, that dominates the skies to the east. Our route lies through Vonarskarð (Pass of Hope) and over snow covered lava fields to Jökulheimar at the edge of the south-west corner of the glacier. Fifth night in a tent and the sixth in Jökulheimar mountain hut.

Day 7 to 8: Jökulheimar - Landmannalaugar

Jökulheimar (meaning literately “Glacier Worlds”) is the source of one of the country’s largest river, Tungnaá. At this time of year the mighty river is typically covered with ice and snow and is therefore like a highway leading all the way to Landmannalaugar a large valley surrounded by colorful rhyolite hills. In Landmannalaugar there’s another extremely appreciated warm natural pool close to the hut. Seventh night in a tent and eighth in Landmannalaugar mountain hut.

Day 9: Rest day in Landmannalaugar

A rest day in Landmannalaugar, giving us a chance to explore this geothermal area in its winter coat. Lava fields, mud pots, geysers and hot springs decorate the landscape creating magical contrasts of ice and fire. This day also serves as an extra day in case we are delayed by difficult weather or snow conditions.

 

Day 10: Landmannalaugar - Sigalda - Reykjavík

Last leg will take us north-west towards Sigalda, where there is an open road for the vehicle to transport us to Reykjavík.


About the guide

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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 4

USD 4286 each

Group of 5

USD 4286 each

Group of 6

USD 4286 each

Group of 7

USD 4286 each

Group of 8

USD 4286 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Flight to the start of the trip

• Transport during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


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