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Backcountry ski and sail

BACKCOUNTRY SKI AND SAIL IN ICELAND?

These trips are all about backcountry skiing or snowshoeing in the beautiful Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in the West Fjords of NW Iceland. We'll sail to a different spot after a day's skiing.

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Departure from Isafjordur at 19h00. 2 hours sailing to Hesteyri in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Relaxing at anchor and maybe do some exploration on the Zodiac and take a look at the old whaling station that once was the driving force in this now abandoned settlement. Also optional to do a short ski run.

DAY 2

We'll begin the day with safety briefing, avalanche search and what to do in case of emergency. Then we start skiing the mountains around Hesteyri. Going up to the cols, we can get a view across the mountains to the northern coves of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. We'll then move our yacht to the head of the fjord before serving delicious dinner. Here we usually have an opportunity to pick fresh Mussels from the beach for appetizer.

DAY 3

Ski from Hesteyrarfjordur to Veidileysufjordur (e. Fjord with no fish!). The climb up Hesteyrarfjordur is very easy and the ski slopes on the other side offer many possibilities. We may end the day by skiing the steepest slope of the trip, 45°-50° steep. Of course, it's optional. You can head down to the yacht, if you prefer! Dinner at anchor in Veidileysufjordur.

DAY 4

Ski to Lonafjordur (e. Lagoon Fjord). We begin the day by climbing up to one of the cols to take a look at the bays on the North side. Then we ski down to the first valley in Lonafjordur and climb up at least two more mountains before meeting captain Siggi onboard the yacht.

DAY 5

Ski to Hrafnfjordur (e. Raven Fjord). We do the highest climb of the trip this day, up to 1200 meters of climbing before skiing down to Hrafnfjordur. The mountain cirque in the bottom of the fjord is very beautiful and the anchorage is a perfect spot to spend the night.

DAY 6

Short day of skiing in the morning before sailing back to Isafjordur with arrival around 16h00. You can catch the last flight from Isafjordur the same day but we suggest staying at least one night in Isafjordur, relax and get to know this old and beautiful town.

Trips 2017

March 26 - 31

Limited availability

Trips 2018

March 25 - 30

Available

Price includes

• Meeting/assistance at Ísafjörður airport;

• Transfer from/to Ísafjörður airport;

• All food onboard and during day activities;

• Accommodation onboard;

• Use of sailing clothing (Gore-Tex jacket and pants), safety harness and life jacket;

• Yacht service;

• Kayaking gear;

• Professional Mountain Guide UIAGM (Union International Associations of Mountain Guides);


Not included

• Travel to and from Ísafjörður, Iceland;

• Food the first day until boarding the yacht in Ísafjörður;

• Personal equipment;

• Everything not specified in "Price includes".

Consider as you sign up

Airline tickets - Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip is confirmed with the minimum number of participants required to operate.

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