Iceland·March 24 - 30 2024
SKI ICELAND IN WINTER: SKI-TOURING IN WILDERNESS
Embark on a 7-day ski-touring odyssey in Iceland's untamed winter wonderland. Explore off-the-beaten-track marvels with a Certified Guide.BOOK NOW
Embark on a 7-day ski-touring adventure in Iceland's breathtaking wilderness. Guided by certified experts, you'll navigate untouched terrain, skiing on pristine, uncrowded slopes. To ensure an optimal experience, a minimum skiing level is required. Connect with fellow enthusiasts of your skill level from around the globe for 6 exhilarating days on the slopes. Dive into Iceland's unparalleled natural beauty and let every turn be a testament to the awe-inspiring power of the great outdoors.
Discover the Hidden Gem of Ski-Touring: Iceland
Unearth the secret of Iceland's uncharted ski-touring terrain. While most opt for traditional slopes, we bring you to the untouched wonderland of the North. Immerse yourself in the allure of a landscape only a few have skied before. Our certified guides lead the way, ensuring you experience this extraordinary adventure safely and with confidence.
Skiing Paradise: Pristine Slopes, No Crowds
Tired of battling the masses on overpopulated ski slopes? Escape to Iceland's serene expanses. Here, you'll carve through powdery fields without a crowd in sight. Our carefully curated trips guarantee you the luxury of unblemished snow, providing an unparalleled skiing experience. It's a rare opportunity to have the mountains all to yourself.
Unlock Savings and Connections with Mapo Tapo
Join our group trips and open the door to a world of benefits. With Mapo Tapo's unique aggregation model, you not only share costs but also enjoy tailored adventures at your activity level. Spend six full days skiing alongside like-minded enthusiasts from around the globe, all at your skill level. Experience camaraderie, save money, and embark on an unforgettable skiing journey.
Lorenzo is a certified IFMGA mountain guide, based at the Dolomites with tons of experience in mountaineering and adventurous trips in Europe and around the world. He has been guiding many groups in Norway across Lofoten, Tromsø and at the Lyngen Alps.
Given the abundance of ski routes in Iceland, we can adjust the itinerary during our skiing week to the preferred challenge level of our clients and the weather. The skiing program is decided on a daily basis based on technique and experience. We are going to leave (early) in the morning (depending on weather conditions) and come back in the afternoon. Lunch will be a snack while skiing. We are going to have a great dinner at the b&b or at some restaurants depending on your preference.
Arrive in Reykjavík
You'll land in Reykjavík, the capital and largest city of Iceland, stands as a charming fusion of cosmopolitan style and traditional culture, wrapped in an envelope of rugged Nordic beauty. Perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the city is renowned for its colourful houses, intriguing architectural blends, and vibrant street art that breathe life into its streets. Its cultural scene brims with world-class restaurants serving inventive Nordic cuisine, numerous art galleries, and museums preserving centuries of Icelandic history and lore. The city is also a gateway to the island's natural wonders, making it a hub for those seeking outdoor adventures. With geothermal pools like the Blue Lagoon and the spectacles of the Golden Circle just a short drive away, Reykjavík is both a bustling, dynamic city and a launchpad to the untamed beauty that is Iceland. Furthermore, on winter nights, the city's position offers the chance to view the mesmerising Northern Lights, making Reykjavík an enchanting blend of urban and natural appeal.
We'll spend part of the week skiing around our base camp, exploring the inland and admiring Iceland's coasts from above. Skiing in these areas is a unique and unforgettable experience that offers some of the best off-piste skiing in the world surrounded by fjords and the Arctic Ocean.
Last day.. best day!
Your final day is a blend of exhilarating skiing and departure preparations. After a morning on the slopes, we ensure you have ample time to return to the airport for your homeward-bound flight. Reflect on the incredible memories made, surrounded by Iceland's stunning natural beauty, before bidding farewell to this unforgettable adventure.
The programme is very flexible to take into account weather conditions, activities level and endurance of the group.
Iceland, the 'Land of Fire and Ice'.... and untouched snow
A country of stark contrasts, where volatile volcanoes and fiery geysers coexist harmoniously with sprawling glaciers and icy fjords.
Located in the North Atlantic Ocean, this Nordic island nation is a paradise for nature enthusiasts, offering an unparalleled array of geological wonders, including the iconic Geysir, the stunning Gullfoss waterfall, and the breathtaking glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón. Its capital, Reykjavík, is a testament to the country's unique blend of modernity and tradition, showcasing a lively arts scene alongside historical relics. Icelandic culture, deeply rooted in ancient Norse traditions and sagas, is as captivating as the landscapes themselves. The locals, known for their warm hospitality, are a proud torchbearer of their Viking heritage. Additionally, Iceland is globally recognized for its commitment to renewable energy, largely harnessing geothermal power to sustainably heat homes and generate electricity. From its mesmerizing Northern Lights to its midnight sun, Iceland exudes an otherworldly charm that lures travellers from across the globe.
Typical house or B&B
In Iceland, traditional houses with a unique historical charm, such as turf houses, have found new life as enchanting Bed and Breakfast accommodations. Once the hallmark of rural Icelandic architecture, these quaint and picturesque dwellings have been lovingly restored and adapted to cater to modern travelers seeking an authentic and immersive experience. The turf houses, adorned with grassy roofs, now offer a glimpse into the country's rich cultural heritage, providing guests with a taste of traditional Icelandic living amidst the rugged landscape. Staying in one of these B&Bs offers a chance to step back while enjoying contemporary comforts, creating an unforgettable stay that celebrates the perfect marriage of old-world charm and modern hospitality.
6 days of skiing
What's Not Included
Restaurants and bars
Food and drinks
Anything not detailed in the "What's included" section
To make the most of this ski-touring trip, you'll need to be a relatively strong skier (able to ski down red slopes easily) with prior experience skiing off-piste. Moderate fitness is required to manage an estimated route time of about 4-6 hours.
Mapo Tapo selects locations and mountain guides with the utmost care. We can for any inaccuracies, however, accept no liability. Ski-touring is a risky sport that takes place in nature. Ultimately, you are fully responsible for the choices you make. Mapo Tapo recommends that anyone who does not have sufficient knowledge to go outdoors accompanied by a certified mountain guide.
Please DO NOT book your flights until this trip is confirmed. Most of our trips require a minimum number of participants to run, so to avoid disappointment wait for a confirmation email before making non-refundable travel plans.
What fitness level must I have to join this trip?
A good fitness level is recommended. We'll be ascending between 800 and 1600 vertical meters every skiing day.
Is the flight included?
No, the flight is not included in the trip package.
What is the maximum number of people who can join this trip?
The maximum capacity for this trip is 6 participants.
Do you recommend bringing any extra-gear?
Yes, it's advised to bring your own ski gear as ski rental is not included. If you prefer to rent gear at the destination, please inform us during your booking so we can make the necessary arrangements.
Why is Iceland is a lesser-known ski destination?
Iceland is renowned for its unparalleled natural beauty and diverse terrain, making it a premier destination for backcountry skiing. Its unique landscapes offer a one-of-a-kind experience for avid skiers. However, logistics are not easy, and itineraries are challenging to find.
Is Iceland worth visiting in the winter?
Absolutely. Iceland in winter unveils a magical world of snow-covered landscapes, stunning ice formations, and the chance to witness the Northern Lights. It's a season of unparalleled beauty and adventure.
Does Iceland stay dark in winter?
While Iceland experiences shorter days in winter, it doesn't stay completely dark. You'll have the opportunity to enjoy the enchanting twilight hours, creating a unique atmosphere for your adventure.
Why is it important to have a certified guide with you during the activities?
In outdoor activities with inherent risks, having a certified guide is crucial. The guide is responsible for your safety and decisions made during the trip. While suggestions are welcome, the guide's expertise ensures the group's well-being, especially in cases of objective or weather-related risks. Your safety is our top priority.