Short Breaks

Fossavatnsgangan

Fossavatnsgangan was first held in 1935 and is the oldest and biggest cross-country skiing tournament in Iceland. It takes place every year in the picturesque mountains surrounding the town of Ísafjörður in the Westfjords. More information on the event can be found on the official website.

Wild Westfjords is the official travel agency of Fossavatnsgangan and one of the event's main sponsors. We offer standard travel packages, customised tours & travel arrangements, various local day tours and accommodation in Isafjordur. We have been making complete and partial Iceland travel arrangements for participants since 2012. Make the most of your trip to Isafjordur & Iceland and book your Fossavatnsgangan travel with us.

Package A - Experience (8 days, 7 nights) 2018

23rd April - Arrival in Iceland (Keflavik international airport). Stay two nights in Reykjavik.

24th April - Guided sightseeing day tour of the Golden Circle.

25th April - Morning domestic flight from Reykjavík to Ísafjörður. Morning guided sightseeing tour of Dynjandi waterfall and the nearby fjords. Stay four nights in Ísafjörður.

26th April - Choice of one of the following morning tours: Sea kayaking in Ísafjörður (beginner friendly) or a culture walk of Ísafjörður with local food tasting.

27th April - Free day in Ísafjörður, to prepare for the main race.

28th April - 69th Fossavatnsgangan main race.

29th April - Guided one way large bus tour from Ísafjörður to Reykjavík. We take about 9-10 hours for this beautiful 500 km route and enjoy the snowcapped fjordscapes of Ísafjarðardjúp bay, stopping along the way at Hvitanes seal colony, at Litli Bær farmhouse where we have tea & waffles in a traditional Icelandic setting, followed by a dip in the warm geothermal pool of Reykjanes. Stay one night in Reykjavik.

30th April - Departure from Iceland (Keflavik international airport).

Package B - Basic (6 days, 5 nights) 2018

25th April - Arrival in Iceland (Keflavik international airport). Stay one night in Reykjavik.

26th April - Morning domestic flight from Reykjavík to Ísafjörður. Stay three nights in Ísafjörður.

27th April - Free day in Ísafjörður, to prepare for the main race.

28th April - 69th Fossavatnsgangan main race.

29th April - Morning or afternoon domestic flight from Ísafjörður to Reykjavík. Stay one night in Reykjavik.

30th April - Departure from Iceland (Keflavik international airport).

Private & Customised Travel

We plan flexible itineraries depending on the preferences of participants - contact us for options for a customised travel package or private group arrangements. We can arrange trips and make travel arrangements to anywhere in Iceland.

26th April 2018: Fossavatnsgangan Skate & Children's Race
28th April 2018: Fossavatnsgangan Main Race

FEBRUARY 2018 UPDATE: Our standard packages are now sold out, but we can still arrange customised packages and have a very limited amount of accommodation left in the Isafjordur area.
For participants who have already booked their travel arrangements, we offer a selection of exciting day tours from Isafjordur during the weekend, including:
- Dynjandi Waterfall & The Westfjords
- Isafjordur Culture Walk
- Calm Water Kayaking
- Our super-popular one-way bus tour from Isafjordur to Reykjavik on Sunday 29th April (the day after the race)

Please contact us by email to book your tours and/or last minute accommodation. You can also book the linked tours above directly on our website.

For 2018 we offer the following travel package options:

Package A - Experience (8 days, 7 nights) - CLOSED / SOLD OUT
4 nights stay in Ísafjörður combined with: 2 day tours in the Westfjords, 1 day tour from Reykjavík, a domestic flight from Reykjavík to Ísafjörður, a 1 day guided one-way tour from Ísafjörður to Reykjavík, a 3 nights stay in Reykjavík, and all airport transfers required - see the "Itinerary" & "Inclusions" tabs above for details.

Package B - Basic (6 days, 5 nights) - CLOSED / SOLD OUT
3 nights stay in Ísafjörður combined with: Return flights from Reykjavík to Ísafjörður and back, a 2 nights stay in Reykjavík, and all airport transfers required - see the "Itinerary" & "Inclusions" tabs above for details.

Customised Packages
Self-drive and private tours for individuals and alike, including accommodation arrangements and any sightseeing our touring you would like to do while in Iceland. Contact us by e-mail to arrange a customised package. Note that packages A and B can also be customised and extended on request.

Please note that accommodation in Ísafjörður is limited and our package & tour customers have priority over stand-alone accommodation bookings. We offer hotel & guesthouse rooms and apartments, both in Ísafjörður and the nearby villages.

Package A - Experience Package

Before the event:
- Transfer from KEF airport to Reykjavik hotel on arrival in Iceland
- Two nights hotel stay in Reykjavík in three star hotel with private bath and breakfast
- Sightseeing day tour of the Golden Circle from Reykjavík (7-8 hours)
- Transfer from Reykjavik hotel to domestic airport
- One way domestic flight from Reykjavík to Ísafjörður, ski luggage add-on included In Ísafjörður:
- Transfer from airport to hotel on arrival in Ísafjörður
- Four nights hotel stay in Ísafjörður with private bath and breakfast*
- Sightseeing day tour to Dynjandi waterfall from Ísafjörður (5-6 hours)
- Choice of either sea kayaking in Ísafjörður (beginner friendly) or a culture walk of Ísafjörður with local food tasting

After the event:
- One way guided sightseeing tour from Ísafjörður to Reykjavík, with local tea & waffles and swimming pool entrance included (9-10 hours)
- One night hotel stay in Reykjavík with private bath and breakfast
- Transfer from Reykjavik hotel to KEF airport for departure from Iceland

Package B - Basic Package

Before the event:
- Transfer from KEF airport to Reykjavik hotel on arrival in Iceland
- One night hotel stay in Reykjavík in three star hotel with private bath and breakfast
- Transfer from Reykjavik hotel to domestic airport
- One way domestic flight from Reykjavík to Ísafjörður, ski luggage add-on included In Ísafjörður
- Transfer from airport to hotel on arrival in Ísafjörður
- Three nights hotel stay in Ísafjörður with private bath and breakfast*

After the event:

- Transfer from hotel to airport on departure from Ísafjörður
- One way domestic flight from Ísafjörður to Reykjavík, ski luggage add-on included
- One night hotel stay in Reykjavík with private bath and breakfast
- Transfer from Reykjavik hotel to KEF airport on departure from Iceland

*In Ísafjörður package A customers will stay at either two star Hótel Horn or Menntaskólinn (same rooms as Hótel Edda summer hotel), and package B customers will stay at Menntaskólinn. We also have a limited supply of deluxe rooms, family rooms, triple rooms, and service apartments available in Ísafjörður. Contact us for more details if you prefer different accommodation fron standard hotel rooms.

To bring:

- Skiing equipment
- Warm clothing suitable for winter weather, including non-cotton base layer, wool or fleece mid-layer and waterproof jacket and pants
- Hiking boots
- Cap and gloves
- Don't forget your camera!