Join Jokull, local IFMGA certified mountain guide, for an epic 6-day ski touring program in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, staying at the Kviar farm.
I invite you to a magnificent ski touring week in Iceland. We will stay in the beautiful Kviar, an old abandoned farm in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. It's definitely a remote location, and a hidden gem for sure!
Kviar is the perfect place to stay to enjoy the area both in summer and in winter. We will leave it in the morning and only come back at night, but the food and sauna will be waiting for us. To explore the area we have the Bjarnarnes speedboat. Indeed, a boat in this location is almost necessary to get to the best ski touring spots.
The difficulty of the trip is from moderate to challenging. There are many options with different levels. Besides, not everyone needs to do the same, we can choose different slopes. Please check out the itinerary that I propose below but take into account that it can change. Our main goal is to find the best snow every day.
And if you have the time, I recommend that you stay an extra day in Ísafjörður since there are amazing ski options in the area!
Tempted to skin up and ski down the slopes in Northwestern Iceland? Then please get in touch with me! And you can also check this other ski touring trip that I love, in the East Fjords.
We meet at Ísafjörður after lunch and we leave on the Bjarnarnes, the speedboat. We go to Kvíar. Here we will explore for good snow. We will also go over some safety recommendations. Be prepared (well fed and well dressed) before we start this first ski day! Then, a well deserved dinner at the farmhouse.
We go to the head of Lónafjörður Fjord by boat. Here, we can either go to Rangali and skin up to Rangalaskarð Pass, or to Miðkjós and skin up to Snókur and Breiðuskarðahnjúkur. Then we return to Kvíar by boat. We can pick mussels from the beach to have as starters at dinner! There’s a sauna to relax.
Today we go on the big Zodiac to Veiðileysufjörðu. Here the plan is to ski over to Lónafjörður Fjord. We end at Rangali, and take the boat back to Kvíar.
Today we explore the mountains in Hrafnfjörður, the Raven’s Fjord. There are some great smooth runs all the way from the tops of the fjords. I particularly like the runs from the top of Hvítserkur and Mt. Bláfell. Also from the pass between Bláfell and Mt. Hattarfell. And if you are looking for a steep descent, we can go down the West face of Hattarfell.
Today we go by boat to Höfðaströnd Beach. We skin up to the top of Mt. Tröllafell, the Troll Mountain. here there’s a mixture of steep couloirs and open runs. Many options of virgin terrain here!
We transfer by boat early to Ísafjörður. Here we can still do some skiing near the town before ending the trip.
At the Kviar Lodge.
I'm Iceland's first and only IFMGA internationally certified mountain guide. I'm a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides ACMG with whom I finished my certification. I have climbed and skied extensively all over the world, and I lived and worked in both the European Alps and the mountains of Western Canada.
I have brought this wealth of diverse experiences to Iceland and the Arctic North where I have to my name over a hundred first ascents and descents in Iceland and Greenland.
My love of the mountains grew from an early age working as a shepherd on my grandparent's farm on the Troll Peninsula in Northern Iceland. Or maybe it had something to do with my name, which in English would translate directly to Glacier Mountain man.
If you want to discover this beautiful country, please get in touch with me and let's leave together for incredible adventure!
Nov 19, 2021
I had a very good experience booking the hike through Explore-Share. Communication with the team was prompt and clear and the booking process was seamless. The trip itself was also just perfect. Uroš was a fantastic guide, highly skilled and talented. The hike felt safe at all times, even on more exposed routes, thanks to him. He was always up to date on the weather forecast and planned the days around it, checked the conditions on the route ahead of me, if needed, discussed and adapted the routes to my level and always made sure I was safe and comfortable. I highly recommend him, as well as Explore-Share.
Oct 25, 2021
Explore Share is a really usefull website that has a great overview of reviewed guides for a (in our case) hiking/climbing trip. During the booking I got assigned an assistent for Explore Share that helped solve questions that I might have. Great customer service, and I will come back again.
Oct 17, 2021
Explore-share was easy to use and the staff and guide w ere very responsive. The trip descriptions were accurate and the pricing reasonable. I would definitely recommend the site for people looking to do guided hiking.
Oct 13, 2021
Excellent!! Great guide and service. I had a very good experience. Id do it again.
Sep 14, 2021
Guide was very experienced and very patient with us. We learned a lot and he tried to fit in all the knowledge he could in one day, super awesome. A little tough going back and forth to get the trip set up hard to tell if the site is sketchy until you see reviews but all worked out. Ended up with an awesome day with an awesome guide. Overall pretty satisfied and thankful!
Sep 14, 2021
The whole experience was great! The customer service of explore-share was really good. I always got an answer very quick. I would absolutely recommend to use explore-share if you are looking for a great guide in a foreign country. 5 stars!
Sep 10, 2021
What a trip, fantastic guide who picked me up and dropped me off. Would use again.
Aug 25, 2021
It's the 2nd time we have been booking with Explore-Share. The booking was super easy and both Explore-Share and the guide were fast in their responses. We did rafting as a family with 3 kids for the first time in Slovenia. The guide (José) was super nice. He was doing everything he could to make everyone at ease with rafting (he gave clear explanations), have a great team spirit (we were joined by 2 other girls) and have a good time. We had lots of fun and the nature there is so beautiful. Thank you Explore-share and Soca splash for the great afternoon! I would recommend this activity to anyone without a doubt. My kids immediately told me they want to do rafting again soon !"
Aditya Kumar Jha
Aug 2, 2021
Best platform for mountain sports services. Easy to use, great personalised service and support.
Jul 5, 2021
I am very pleased to have booked with this group. All of my mails have been answered in no-time, I felt really safe on the rock and the atmosfere of the whole group helped a lot not to mind about stressing. Will be back for more!
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Transport is included from Ísafjörður, not before or after.
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