Discover the enchanting and magical snowy landscapes of the “Peaks of Thieves” surrounding Ísafjörður, Iceland, as Runar, an SAR-certified guide, takes you on a day-long ski traverse to discover what makes this part of the world so special!
Panoramic views of fjords and the ocean!
Ski down the mountain of an old ski resort!
Ski on vast valleys up to high peaks - all in one day!
I am going to lead you on a day of ski traversing through the cold, crisp, fresh and beautiful mountains that envelope Ísafjörður, Iceland, as we traipse around the perfect powder and landscapes that overlook splendid fjords and the vast open ocean.
The “Peaks of Thieves”, as they are known, are a veritable Winter Wonderland, with the relatively unsullied scenery providing a stunning backdrop to our ski traverse, winding our way along the routes which are suitable for beginners and experts alike, making for a memorable day which you won’t be forgetting in a hurry!
We meet at our offices in Ísafjörður at 10am, where we grab our lunch and all relevant equipment and information for the trip is dispensed. It is then a short drive to our starting point, the special, picture-perfect Syðridalur Valley.
The skiing begins in earnest here, as we strap on our skis and move towards the equally as exceptional Seljadalur Valley, before continuing up the ridge to the peak of the tranquil Heiðnafjall Mountain, where the sublime panoramic view offers splendid photo-opportunities of the great fjords and wide open ocean.
After a short rest to replenish and recharge, we ski along the valley floor Hnífsdalur in order to reach the top of the mystical Breiðafell Mountain.
The final part of the day entails skiing down a mountain of an old ski resort, with the ski lifts ruined in a 1994 avalanche still visible. We then have the choice of finishing this adventure-filled day by getting picked up here or continuing further along to the golf course, ending up back at the offices with a heart and head full of amazing memories!
Ski traversing in Iceland has been capturing peoples hearts the world over – book now and let it capture yours!
If you want to add some extra days, e.g. a two-day trip, or our departure does not fit to your schedule, please drop us an email if you're interested. DEPARTURES UPON REQUEST - PLEASE SEND US AN E-MAIL TO CHECK AVAILABILITY. Please bring with you: - Warm clothing - Waterproof pants and jacket - Backpack - Water bottle - Don't forget your camera!
Our office in Aðalstræti 17 (downtown main street) in Ísafjörður.
– Meet at offices at 10am, lunch, equipment and information dispensed
– Short drive to Syðridalur Valley, begin skiing
– Ski for most of the day
– Finish at either old ski resort or golf course
– Drive back to offices
I hold a degree in geography and started my guiding career as a mountain biking and hiking guide in the summer for different adventure companies in Iceland. I also worked as a tourism consultant for few years but felt it was time to put my skills into practice and put up an adventure operation in cooperation with other good people.
I was a boy scout when I was younger and learned to love the outdoors, especially the mountains. Skiing, ice & rock climbing and kayaking are my favorite sports and a part of his job. I have for years led mountaineering and avalanche SAR courses for the Icelandic Rescue Team Association.
Among other things, I have scaled 6000 m peaks in Peru, done skiing and kayaking expeditions in Greenland, climbed in the Alps few times and done paragliding in the Pyrenees.
I have finished WFR first aid training, hold a BCU 4 star kayaking certificate, have finished my marine CTCW training to be qualified as a professional crew member and Canadian Level I and Level II avalanche training.
My great experience and expertise means that you're in safe hands.
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Group of 1
|ISK 51547 each|
Group of 2
|ISK 25774 each|
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• Guiding fee
• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
• Transport during the trip
• Price includes: - Transportation during the trip - Ski gear - Professional guiding
We did not have Runar Karlsson as our guide. Instead we enjoyed the expertise of a young Icelandic woman who also serves as an Olympic Cross-Country coach for Icelandic youth. She guided us along the Hornstrandir coast towards one of the Arctic Fox habitats. Although no foxes were seen we learned much about the area, the fjord and its history. We also enjoyed a walk with her to a lovely waterfall behind the farmhouse.
Runar Karlsson was not our guide. We were surprised to discover, only on the day of our hike upon our arrival to your office, that he wasn’t. A disappointment, after we had received a detailed explanation from Runar describing his skills and CV days before. Perhaps it was a misunderstanding on our part, but we were under the impression we had booked this hike as a private venture for the four of us well in advance, since the date we requested was not part of the dates standardly offered. Therefore we thought we were going to benefit from Runar’s geologic expertise and personal attention during our hike. Instead, again we were surprised to discover another hiker was joining our group to whom our guide directed most of his attention and time. The two of them hiked well ahead of the rest of us for most of the hike. Also, we were offered little unsolicited geologic or local information from our guide, which was an important aspect of this hike and something we were all looking forward to learning. It was an exhilarating hike and the views were spectacular but it was not the experience we were led to believe it would be.
Runar wasn\'t our guide. I already sent a review to Boreas Adventures. We were disappointed with the hike. It was much shorter than we expected and less challenging than we expected. The guide wasn\'t very knowledgeable and we probably could have done the trip without him. The best part of the trip was on the boat when we saw 2 humpback whales.