- All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner are icluded in this trip. Breakfasts are buffet style, whilst the lunches we include are taken on the travel days. There are of course many restaurants in Reykjavik, whilst Isafjordur also has establishments serving a mixture of Icelandic and international cuisine. Traditional Icelandic dishes consist of salmon, cod, lamb and puffin. Cafés in the old town are particularly cosy, packed with comfy chairs, and antique furniture, with wonderful selections of coffees, cakes and treats.
- New trip
- All breakfasts and 3 lunches are icluded in this trip. Breakfasts are buffet style, whilst the lunches we include are taken on the travel days. There are of course many restaurants in Reykjavik, whilst Isafjordur also has establishments serving a mixture of Icelandic and international cuisine. Traditional Icelandic dishes consist of salmon, cod, lamb and puffin. Cafés in the old town are particularly cosy, packed with comfy chairs, and antique furniture, with wonderful selections of coffees, cakes and treats.
Fly to Keflavik; transfer to Reykjavik, evening ski in Blajfoll
We waste no time in getting out on skis. If flights go to schedule we aim to spend a few hours skiing in the Blafjoll area a short drive south west of Reykjavik. We finish with a transfer back to our Reykjavik hotel.
Full day skiing in the Blue Mountains
Our first full day will be spent skiing in the Blue Mountains, the same area we will hopefully have skied the night before, a wonderful area just a short drive from Reykjavik. As an introduction to skiing in Iceland this is certainly effective, composed as it is of sharp mountains and a vast lava plateau. Depending on conditions we may ski in Skalafell, another popular ski area in the Greater Reykjavik Area.
Drive to Isafjordur
This is a long drive, around 5 hours as we take the main ring road of Iceland up to the northwest tip. As with all journeys in Iceland, there is plenty to see on the way and we will make a few stops.
Skiing in Isafjordur
Isafjordur is the largest town in the Western Fjords or Westfjords as they are also known. The town has long depended on the fishing industry but its popularity, and that of the region, has grown in recent years thanks to the natural beauty provided by the mountaineous landscape and dozens of glistening fjords. We will tailor our skiing here to suit the conditions, however there are events laid on in the run up to the race, some of which would make a good addition to our week. On our first full day in the area, there will be a masterclass laid on by local experts in the evening, at 8pm. Andy will ensure enough time is spent getting accustomed to the course and building confidence for the race.
Skiing in Isafjordur, optional half marathon
Today there is an organised half marathon, taking in the first 10km and the final 15km of the race itself. This is a great way to try out some section of the course in a more formal setting, and useful preparation for the big event.
Race registration and optional sightseeing
Today is registration day, when we collect our bibs from the race organisers. The rest of the day is free to explore. Activities are available locally such as sea kayaking, and other tours of the area are also available through local providers. This is a great opportunity to see this beautiful part of the country.
The day of the race needs no introduction. On completion there is a cake buffet laid on by the organisers, and in the evening there is an optional race party and meal with live music, providing ample opportunity to celebrate the acheivement. For those looking for a lower key ending to the week there is of course the chance to head out for a final meal in a local restaurant.
Drive to Keflavik.
The final day brings with it the drive back to Keflavik, one last chance to enjoy the stunning Icelandic scenery.