Hornstrandir Ski Lodge

Starting from: Ísafjörður
Duration: 6 days
Season: 4th Apr-28th May

Six days of unforgettable skiing in the spectacular wilderness of the "glacier fjords" of the Hornstrandir nature reserve, whilst staying in a beautiful renovated farmhouse which was originally abandoned in 1948.

During the day, our experienced guide will take you to the best ski locations and in the evening a cozy meal will await you by the fire at your comfortable ski lodge.

Everyday will be more spectacular than the other... follow the mountain ridges of Kjaransvíkurskarð; take a beautiful run all the way down to the water in Veiðileysufjörður fjord; explore Rangali, one of the most beautiful fjordscapes in Iceland; get close to seals while skiing in Lónafjörður; and ski in the mountains of Hrafnfjörður, known for the best skiing in the whole peninsula.

This is an example itinerary - thanks to the short distances between the jagged fjords and our speed boat we have great flexibility to go ski wherever the best snow happens to be.

Day 1

Departure in the afternoon at 16:00, on our speedboat Bjarnarnes from the harbour in Ísafjörður. Our destination is Kvíar, where we plan to spend few hours searching for good snow and going over some safety issues with the guide. You should eat well and dress accordingly before getting on board the speed boat and keep your ski gear ready. Well deserved dinner will be ready when the group comes off the mountain to the farmhouse. 

Day 2

A short boat ride will take us to the head of Lónafjörður Fjord where we shoulder our packs and with skins on, we have many options. Either head to Rangali and skin up Rangalaskarð Pass where we get a god view over Hornvík Bay on the North side, or up from Miðkjós and skin up to the peaks of Snókur and Breiðuskarðahnjúkur for some beautiful ski runs. We take a boat ride back to Kvíar where a great meal awaits us. We might spend half an hour on the beach picking mussels (fr. moules) for starter before heading back. We´ll light up the sauna to relax sore muscles.

Day 3

After a hearty breakfast we get going on the big Zodiac to Veiðileysufjörður where we plan to ski over to Lónafjörður Fjord. We make at least two long runs that day and end in Rangali, one of the most beautiful fjordscapes in Iceland. We end with a boat ride back to Kvíar Lodge for a well deserved dinner and drinks.

Day 4

We plan to spend the whole day exploring the mountains in Hrafnfjörður (e. Raven's Fjord). The head of the fjord holds some amazing cruising grounds with smooth runs all the way from the tops. The highlights are from the top of Hvítserkur and Mt. Bláfell and from the pass between Bláfell and Mt. Hattarfell. For those that want something really steep, there is an option to ski the West face of Hattarfell. Only been done once before.

Day 5

On the last full day we plan to make a short boat ride over to Höfðaströnd Beach and skin up to the top of Mt. Tröllafell (e. Troll Mountain) with a mixture of steep couloirs and open runs. There is a lot of un-skied territory on that side that we can also look at and make some nice first descents.

Day 6

Our passenger boat arrives early for a pickup and transfer back to Ísafjörður, where we get ready for some skiing in the vicinity of town. There are many options for a traverse or steep couloirs very close to town.

Included:

- 6 days / 5 nights skiing expedition (food and accommodation in the ski lodge, boat transportation to and from the ski lodge, professional guide)
- Complementary airport transfer in Isafjordur

To bring:

- Skis, shoes, poles and skins. Make sure the glue on the skins is good. If wearing new boots, make sure you have tried them out few times to see if the fit properly. Blisters are never fun.
- Avalanche gear (beacon, shovel and probe). It´s a must to carry all three items. We have few beacons and shovels that you can rent for small fee. Just ask us before leaving home.
- Thermal underwear, at least two sets of shirts. Wool or synthetic. No cotton!
- Wool or fleece thermal mid layer, take  two thin layers instead of one thick one.
- Waterproof and breathable pants and jacket.
- Thermal jacket (down or fiber) optional.
- Wool / fleece hat.
- Two pairs of gloves and one pair of mittens.
- 3 to 4 pairs thick wool / synthetic skiing socks (not too thick).
- Casual clothes to wear in the evenings.
- Slippers or crocks to wear inside.
- Soft hiking boots.
- Sleeping bag is provided.
- Soft travel bag (no hard suitcases).
- Dark sun glasses.
- Sunscreen / after sun cream.
- Swim suit and towel for the sauna.
- Backpack. 30-40L is the right size. Make sure it has ski straps.
- Personal medical kit to include personal medication and i.e. band aids, throat lozenges, lip salves, sea-sickness tablets etc. Don't forget regular medication you may need (e.g. Asthma, bring your inhaler, even if you do not always need it).
- 1 litre water bottle.
- Small thermos.
- Don't forget your camera!