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Join Jökull, IFMGA certified mountain guide, on this 6-day ski touring trip while sailing the fjords of Iceland on a sailboat.


6 Days

Feb - May


Join me for a fantastic ski touring trip to explore Iceland during 6 days. As a unique form of lodging and transportation we will be in a comfortable sailboat. 

We will meet at the fishing port in Isafjordur, in northwestern Iceland. The captain of the Aurora, our sail boat, will be waiting for us. His name is Sigurður, and he enjoys sharing his passion and experience of the fjords and mountains. I have been organizing this ski touring trip from a sailboat with him since 2006. It has become a very popular program since it's a truly different experience.

We will enjoy first descents on virgin slopes and we will explore this rare landscape. And of course, each day we will have a feast on board with the fresh seafood.  So it's a great experience for all your senses!

Besides the great ski touring, we can go for a run with the midnight sun or go out with the kayaks for seal watching.

Tempted to spend 6 days on the Aurora to explore the Icelandic slopes each day? Then don't hesitate to send me a request! I would love to show you this land (and sea) that I love so much. And if you prefer not sleeping on a boat, check out this other ski touring program in Iceland.


Day 1: Arrival - Hesteyri

We arrive in Isafjordur in the afternoon. We board on to the Aurora, our home for the week. We set sail around 2PM and go to our first anchorage at the abandoned whaling station and village of Hesteyri. We will have time in the evening for a stroll around the beach and checking out the old station that now stands empty, a sign of times past. For those keen there might even be the time for a short midnight ski run**.**

Day 2: Avalanche training - Veiðileysufjörður

We go over avalanche rescue procedures and do a bit of practice with our beacons to prepare for the week. On this first big ski day we traverse over to Veiðileysufjörður – ”The fjord where no fish gets caught”. Passing through the high passes and over the peaks we catch a glimpse of the north side of the Cape Horn peninsula where no one except the Arctic Fox roams at this time of year. Anchorage in Veiðileysufjörður.

Day 3: Lónafjörður

The ski over to Lónafjörður – Lagoon fjord is excellent with numerous options for descents into the steep protected fjord. Right above the anchorage looms a great slope and for those that are still craving more turns after dinner, there is always the possibility for the Midnight run.

Day 4: Lónafjörður - Kayak

We spend the whole day exploring and skiing the slopes of Lónafjörður where dozens of virgin slopes and couloirs await. Another option for those looking for some quiet time is to take one of the kayaks for a spin or doing some Seal watching.

Day 5: Hrafnfjörður

Skiing over to Hrafnfjörður – Raven fjord takes us to the highest peak of our trip. The complex terrain offers great terrain for those who know where they are going. The shoreline of Hrafnfjörður is one of the best in Iceland for Mussel picking.

Day 6: Return

Depending on conditions we go for a short ski in the morning and than set sail back to Isafjordur. The journey across the bay of Ísafjarðardjúp gives us ample time to contemplate and enjoy the last hours of this unique adventure. Arriving in Isafjordur in the late afternoon the options are to catch a flight back to Reykjavik or enjoying the evening in town.



More info

  • Equipment: wind and waterproof shell jacket, wind and waterproof pants, base layer, ski pants, jacket, light down or fiber jacket, hat, gloves, ski socks, backpack 30-45L, thermos or water bottle (1-2L), sunglasses, ski goggles, sun and lip cream, ski touring skis, telemark or split board, skins and ski crampons, ski poles, ski boots, avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel, small first aid kit, camera, duffel bag for belongings, sleeping bag, hiking boots for onshore, sandals or deck shoes, a good book or a game.

  • Please have your ski boots in carry-on baggage during your flights to Iceland. If your skis get temporarily lost I can provide rental gear. I also offer some equipment for rent; please contact me for information and availability.

Meeting point

At Isafjordur.

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