Overview

Venture to the remote Westfjords to enjoy skiing just below the Arctic Circle! The farther you go, the more you discover.

Highlights

  • Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
  • Kvíar Lodge
  • Lónafjörður Fjord
  • Rangali Anchorage
  • Rangalaskarð Pass
  • Miðkjós Fjord
  • Snókur Peak
  • Breiðuskarðahnjúkur Peak
  • Veiðileysufjörður Fjord
  • Hrafnfjörður Fjord
  • Hvítserkur
  • Mt. Bláfell
  • Mt. Hattarfell
  • Höfðaströnd Beach
  • Mt.Tröllafell

This skiing in Iceland tour features faraway fjords, epic descents, and cozy nights by the fire at Kvíar Lodge. Glide from one fjord to another with no skiers in sight except for your skiing partners. Conquer rarely seen peaks and be the first to swish down untouched slopes. Hit different skiing territories that are accessible only by boat. In moments of rest, admire blue fjord waters. Get ready for adventures unlike any you’ve seen before!

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Availability April-May
Duration 6 days
Departs From Ísafjörður
Level Moderate
Minimum age 18 years
Ratio 1:8
Accommodation Included
Meet on Location Yes
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What's included

Included

  • Professional guide for six skiing days
  • Airport transfers in Isafjordur for guests arriving on the day of departure
  • All meals (we cater to people with special food-allergy needs)
  • Accommodation (as indicated in the itinerary)
  • Boat transport for skiing (our speedboat Bjarmi or our RIB boat)
  • Transportation to and from Kvíar Lodge

What to bring

  • Skis, boots, poles, and skins. Make sure the glue on the skins is in good condition. If you’re bringing new boots, don’t forget to break them in. Blisters are no fun.
  • valanche safety equipment (beacon, shovel, and probe). We have a few beacons and shovels that you can rent for a small fee.
  • Thermal underwear (at least two sets of shirts). Wool or fleece, no cotton.
  • Thermal mid layer (wool or fleece). We suggest taking two thin layers instead of one thick one.
  • Waterproof and breathable pants and jacket.
  • Thermal jacket (down or fiber) is optional.
  • A hat (wool or fleece)
  • Two pairs of gloves and one pair of mittens.
  • 3 to 4 pairs of skiing socks (wool or synthetic). Make sure they are not too thick.
  • Casual clothes for evenings
  • Slippers or crocks to wear inside
  • Soft hiking boots.
  • Sleeping bag is provided.
  • Soft travel bag (no hard suitcases).
  • Dark sunglasses, sunscreen, and aftersun lotion
  • A bathing suit and a towel for the sauna.
  • 30-40 L backpack. Make sure it has ski straps.
  • Personal medical kit (and prescription medicine if needed)
  • 1 litre water bottle.
  • A small thermos.
  • Don’t forget your camera!

Not Included

  • Pick up

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Itinerary

Meeting Point Info

  • This multi-day skiing in Iceland tour departs from Ísafjörður, the largest settlement in the Westfjords. The fastest way to reach Ísafjörður is to catch a flight from Reykjavik. There are scheduled flights from Reykjavik to Ísafjörður 2-3 times every day. The flight time is about 40 minutes.
  • If you have extra days, you can also travel to Ísafjörður by car. Driving from Reykjavik to Ísafjörður takes about 5-6 hours. The drive is an adventure in itself. En route, you’ll pass rugged fjords and mountain passes. 

Today begins your off-the-beaten-path skiing in Iceland adventure! After lunch, take the speedboat Bjarnarnes from the harbor in Ísafjörður. Your destination is Kvíar Lodge, where you’ll spend a few hours searching for good snow.

Make sure to eat well and dress warm before boarding the speedboat and keep your ski gear ready. Your guide will take you through a safety briefing before you hit the slopes. Then enjoy your first descents down the mountainous of your choice for starters.

After getting a taste of unspoiled slopes, enjoy a well-deserved dinner at the farmhouse.

Day Highlights
  • Ísafjörður
  • An abandoned Kvíar Lodge
  • An exploratory skiing
Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Boat transport to Kvíar Lodge

Today a short boat ride will take you to the head of Lónafjörður Fjord, the most astonishing fjord in Iceland. The fjord offers amazing runs and pristine backcountry skiing. With your skins on, you have many options. 

Depending on the group, we’ll go to Rangali (the northwestern extremity of the fjord) and skin up to Rangalaskarð Pass, or to Miðkjós (the northwestern extremity of the fjord) and skin up the peaks of Snókur and Breiðuskarðahnjúkur. 

While the steep Rangalaskarð Pass reveals superb views over Hornvík Bay, the peaks of Snókur (497 m/1630 ft) and Breiðuskarðahnjúkur (709 m/2326 ft) offer top-quality ski runs. 

After thrilling descents, board a boat and return to Kvíar Lodge. You may spend half an hour on the beach picking mussels for dinner starters. After a hearty meal, relax in a hot sauna.

Day Highlights
  • Lónafjörður Fjord
  • Rangali Anchorage
  • Rangalaskarð Pass
  • Miðkjós Fjord
  • Snókur Peak
  • Breiðuskarðahnjúkur Peak
Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals

After breakfast, jump onboard a Zodiac boat and head to Veiðileysufjörður, a spectacular fjord surrounded by high mountains. Today’s plan is to ski over to Lónafjörður Fjord. For a true test of endurance, make at least two long runs. You’ll be rewarded by long, wide slopes with not a soul around, except your skiing companions.

End the day in Rangali, which features the most stunning fjordscapes in the country. Then take a boat ride to Kvíar Lodge.

This evening, enjoy a mouth-watering dinner, the best way to end the perfect ski day.

Day Highlights
  • Veiðileysufjörður Fjord
  • Lónafjörður Fjord
Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals

Spend today exploring the mountains in the spectacular Hrafnfjörður Fjord. The head of the fjord has smooth runs all the way from the tops that are sure to blow your mind! Our favorite ones are from the top of Hvítserkur and Mt. Bláfell.

The pass between Mt. Bláfell and Mt. Hattarfell is easily an experienced skier’s paradise. Just be warned that you’ll find it hard to pull yourself away from the scenery.

If you’re looking for the ultimate challenge, go down the West Face of Mt. Hattarfell. This has been done only once before!

Day Highlights
  • Hrafnfjörður Fjord
  • Hvítserkur
  • Mt. Bláfell
  • Mt. Hattarfell
Included
  • Accommodation
  • Meals

For the last full day of skiing, we have something special in mind. Take a short boat ride to Höfðaströnd Beach and skin up to the top of Mt.Tröllafell, also known as Troll Mountain. Once you’ve reached the top, feel the rush of adrenaline as you start to carve the snow.

Challenge yourself on the mountain’s steep couloirs or relish wide open runs.

The mountain holds plenty of untouched slopes for you to make the first descents!

Day Highlights
  • Höfðaströnd Beach
  • Mt.Tröllafell
Included
  • Accommodating
  • Meals

Early in the morning, board a boat and transfer back to Ísafjörður, where you can do some skiing near the town. Once you’ve discovered the town’s many options for a traverse or steep couloirs, you may never want to go home.

We encourage you to stay an extra night in Ísafjörður and treat yourself to another day of skiing in the surrounding mountains.

Included
  • Boat transport to Ísafjörður
  • This ski touring and backcountry skiing in Iceland tour is designed for experienced skiers who seek fresh, untouched territories. The trip is challenging, but you’ll enjoy the best skiing Iceland has to offer.
  • There will be a wide range of skiing to choose from. Not everyone has to ski the same terrain.
  • There are no ski lifts on the slopes in the Westfjords, so you’ll need to bring your own skis and climbing skins to help you propel yourself uphill. If you don’t want to bring your own ski touring gear, you can rent skis and climbing skins from us.

You’ll spend the nights at a stellar Kvíar Lodge where a delectable dinner will be waiting for you every evening. Located in Kvíadalur Valley in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, the lodge offers tranquility and peace. 

The itinerary of this tour is just a guideline. Depending on where the best snow is and what the group wants to do, we can change it as we please. Every day you’ll get on a boat that will take you to the best ski area for the day. The Westfjords have lots of unskied runs waiting to be discovered..

FAQ

We usually spend about 6-8 hours in the mountains each day. This counts to about 1200-1400 altitude meters. We normally start around 10 a.m. since the days are long at high latitudes in spring.

We’ve been leading skiers into the mountains for over ten years and never had trouble finding snow in spring. Even in late May, you can still find snow down to sea level. While some terrain is getting thin in late May, the bright nights and sparkling corn snow make up for it.

All good skiers who are in good physical shape are welcomed to join this trip, despite the lack of touring experience. We do, however, recommend that you try ski touring at least once before the tour. This way you’ll feel more comfortable throughout the trip!

Yes, you can rent skis and related gear from us. Feel free to drop us an email and we can discuss options and prices.

Of course, snowboarders are more than welcome to join this tour. Normally, they have a splitboard setup or snowshoes and ski poles for the uphill.