- Breakfasts are buffet style, whilst the lunches we include are taken on the travel days. There are of course many restaurants in Reykjavik, whilst Akureyri also has a good range of establishments serving a mixture of Icelandic and international cuisine. Traditional Icelandic dishes consist of salmon, cod, lamb and puffin.
- Accom: hotel/lodge
- Cross-country skiing
- New trip
- Winter Adventures
- Guided Group
Fly to Keflavik;transfer to Reykjavik.
On arrival group members transfer to the start hotel using the Flybus service. We will have a first briefing in the early evening at the hotel, before heading out to dinner.
Transfer to Blajfoll for first day skiing.
Reykjavik has a number of ski areas in the nearby 'Blue Mountains' and our first day's skiing is spent here. About a 35 minute drive from Reykjavik, this is a great introduction to skiing in Iceland surrounded by sharp mountains and a vast lava plateau. The varied loops of differing lenghts will allow us to get our ski legs back and enjoy the unique landscape around us.
Morning ski in Skalafell; transfer to Akureyri.
This morning we head out to Skalafell, again not far outside of Reykjavik, close to where we will have skied the day before. After a morning's skiing we start the journey north to Akureyri. In total this journey can be up to 6 hours, including a break for lunch. As with every journey in Iceland, there will be plenty to see as the landscape unfolds. We should arrive in the early evening in time to check in and have our first dinner in Akureyri.
Skiing around Akureyri
We spend 3 and a half days in total skiing in the north of Iceland, choosing exact routes and areas each day depending on the conditions.The Eyafjordur area around Akureyri is an excellent place to base ourselves and we will aim to showcase the best of this truly memorable landscape. The best known ski area here is on Mt Hlidarfjall, which has traditionally been the destination of choice for downhill skiers in Iceland. However the ski centres in the area are making big strides in their provision of cross-country tracks. These are though still pretty empty heading away from the pistes and so allow us to enjoy the unrivalled views back over the fjord and the town.
Continue skiing in Akureyri
We aim to spend time skiing in Olafsjordur, about 50km from Akureyri, and Dalvik and will on one day head over to Lake Myvatn, an area of oustanding natural beauty. Myvatn is protected as a nature reserve with abundant birdlife and pseudo craters. The lake itself freezes over in winter, and though the length and variety of cut tracks here is limited the terrain means we could venture off track a little. The opportunity to ski in this area is simply too good to pass up. There is also a fantastic outdoor hot pool complex in the Myvatn area in in that is well worth a visit at the end of the day.It offers a far more authentic experience than the more commercial Blue Lagoon, as it is regularly used by locals unwinding and socialising (see extra expenses for entry fee).
Further skiing in North Iceland
Our destination and skiing routes will depend on the previous days skiing, see days 4 and 5 for further details.
Morning ski, return to Reykjavik
Our final morning in the north will most likely be spent skiing in the Saudarkrokur area, conditions permitting. Should this not be possible we will have a final ski in the wooded area closer to Akureyri before beginning our drive back to Reykjavik.
The trip ends this morning in Reykjavik. Should you wish to extend your stay in the fascinating capital please ask about adding post tour nights to your trip. Time spent visiting the Hallsgrimmkirkja, the Harpa Concert hall or just enjoying the café culture and the atmosphere of Laugavegur (the main strip) is time well spent.