If you have already skied the major resorts of Europe and North America and are looking for something a little different, why not consider North Iceland – one of the last “undiscovered” ski regions andone which offers solitude, tranquility and great downhill runs.
The holidays start from, or are based in, the towns of Akureyri or Húsavík, both of which can be reached by air from(airport transfers included) so, depending on the time of your international flight, you may need to include a night in the capital at either end. If you are lucky, an added bonus could be the appearance of the magical Northern Lights.
Winter Sports Activity Break
(5 days/4 nights) Tour Code: WSAB16
From £1140, excluding flights
Explore Iceland’s pristine winter landscape by snowshoe, dog sled and cross-country skis on this unique adventure based in Akureyri and the small fishing village of Siglufjörður. There will also be time to relax in hot pools. You will meet and learn about the huskies before experiencing their power on a dog sled tour high above the fjord, take three snowshoe hikes (including one on the small island of Hrísey, reached by local ferry) and have the opportunity to try something really special – cross-country skiing while being pulled by a husky.
Accommodation (3 nights in Akureyri, 1 in Siglufjörður) is in small hotels or guesthouses and the price includes breakfast and dinner with a focus on local ingredients and traditional Icelandic food.
Departure: 13 March 2016 (private tours for groups of 6 or more can be arranged any time between November and April).
Ski & Apres Ski
(6 days/5 nights) Tour Code: WSAS16
From £1160, excluding flights
Starting at sea level, you will be taken by jeep to peaks of over 1200m from where you can look out over the ocean before starting your descent.
As well as skiing, a day trip to the Goðafoss waterfall and the active geothermal area of Lake Myvatn is included, with time for swimming in the Myvatn Nature Baths. A day spent ski touring in the Tröllaskagi (where the trolls live!) will be followed by a final dinner.
The price includes 5 nights accommodation in private apartments, sleeping up to 6 people (some with jacuzzi), transport and guided tours and dinner on the last evening. Extras include all other meals and wellbeing treatments (Ayurveda, hot stone etc) at the end of each day.
Departure: 17-22 April 2016 (private tours for groups of 6 or more available at other times).
Skis & Sails
(6 days/5 night) Tour Code:
From £1655, excluding flights
Visit ski areas – with peaks that rise to over 1000m and plentiful snowfall – that can only be accessed from the sea, while living aboard a restored oak sailing ship on these unique adventures. Each day, the ship anchors in small bays and coves from where you will ski fresh tracks accompanied by an expert local guide. If conditions allow, there will also be the chance to cross the Arctic Circle to visit the island of Grímsey, Iceland’s most northerly settlement. On the way back, you will receive instruction from the crew and get to try your hand at sailing a 2-masted schooner.
The price includes accommodation on board, all meals and the use of wet weather sailing clothing. Hire of ski gear is available.
Departure: 18 May 2016 (private charter of ship and crew can be arranged at other times)