Backcountry Skiing and Van Trip in Iceland

Keflavik | Iceland
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Top three reasons to go on a skiing and van trip in Iceland

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    Reach new off-piste spots each day with a fully-equipped van

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    Improve your backcountry skiing in Iceland’s prime spring conditions

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    Not ready to commit to #vanlife full time? Get a taste on this 6-day trip

Calling all snowmads! With your mobile basecamp in a fully-loaded camper van, each day is a chance to hit the open road—and snow-closed passes—to discover the finest out-of-bound gems. From prime steep lines and virgin slopes to mellow runs and touring all the way to the sea, Iceland’s endless backcountry skiing is no match for vanlife. When your body needs a rest, roll into quaint alpine villages for hot tub dips and some of the best ski powder out there.

Season

April

Nearest city

Your tour begins in Keflavik, Iceland

Duration

6 days

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Itineraries

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Backcountry Skiing and Van Trip in Iceland

6 days

Get ready for a backcountry skiing and snowboarding adventure on Iceland’s varied and untouched mountains from the comfort of a state-of-the-art van! Brush up on your turns, either on steep mountains or mellow terrain, and head to sleepy Icelandic villages in your fully-equipped 4×4 vehicle. Enjoy wintry vistas as you settle for a night’s rest into campsites, prepare fresh meals with your group, and, as a reward, treat yourself to a hot tub soak—your body will thank you.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Hit the road!

After your arrival in Iceland, your adventure begins at 10 am at your guiding service’s offices in Keflavík. You’ll meet your guide and the rest of the group here, get a briefing on the journey you’re about to embark on, and hit the road up north once all the equipment has been prepared. There will be two skiers per van with one of you driving it.

4x4 van under the mountains.

Day 2: Exploration of the North of Iceland

Kick off the day by checking the weather forecast. Set course to the best spots for ski mountains. You’ll make your way to Brúnastaðir in Fljót, Skagafjörður, a farm and community center positioned beneath a mountain.

A group of skiers standing atop of vans.

Day 3: Shred day in the North

Start off your day once again with your weather assessment ritual. Depending on the forecast, head deep into the mountains to reach higher summits and great skiing and snowboarding spots. Continue on your expedition towards Ólafsfjörður, a skier’s paradise located at the mouth of the fjord Eyjafjörður. Soak up far-reaching views and watch how still waters of the lake mirror the small town and its surrounding mountains. As you grow tired, settle into a camping site.

A man skiing and the sun.

Day 4: Drive to the Misty Mountains

After assessing the weather, choose a mountain for the day together with your group. Explore a great new location where you’ll work on your skiing and snowboarding skills. After a full day of skiing, make your way to a cabin close to Hauganes, a tranquil small village on the coast. Reward your skiing efforts by jumping into a hot tub on the black beach of Hauganes and unwind while gazing at the ocean. Make yourself at home in the cabin camp on the coast, you’ll stay there for two nights. You’ll get dinner ready and make a bonfire.

Three skiers by the coast.

Day 5: The Ski Valley

Repeat your weather forecast routine. After selecting the finest spots together with your expert guide and depending on the weather, opt for a local ski line in the scenic ski valley of Skíðadalur at the Karlsárfjall mountain. Retreat back to your cabin camp close to Hauganes and, once again, soak in hot tubs and treat yourself with a hearty meal.

Backcountry skiers posing in Iceland.

Day 6: Fun day chasing whales

End your van expedition with some more skiing in new sceneries. The mountains around you offer steep ski lines where you can practice carving turns. After checking the weather forecast, head for whale watching in Akureyri, dubbed as the “Capital of North Iceland.” Relax as you make your way back to your guide’s base.

A whale tail submerging near Akureyri.
Reviews

Reviews (4)

Connor Trimble about CampEasy on Facebook

BEST TRIP EVER and hands down the best way to see Iceland being mobile!

Ilse Bekker-Maassen about CampEasy on Trustpilot

Perfectly equipped brand new camper vans, excellent service ; a great way to discover Iceland and exactly what we needed for a ski & roadtrip in spring 2021. Thank you Camp Easy!

Dawn Ingram about CampEasy on Facebook

Excellent communications throughout the booking and the trip which reflects how well the business is run. You made my first solo trip unforgettable and will be back for a lot longer.

Edward Bekker about CampEasy on Facebook

Our trip with the Viking 4×4, the Rolls Royce under campers, was just fantastic. We were on a ski & adventure trip in May 2021, great weather but very cold at night, the heating system was very nice to have. It meant we could dress for skiing inside, stand up straight because of the high roof. There was plenty of storage room for ski’s, food, ski boots, clothes and also we could dry the stuff after the activities. Good beds. The best feature however was the total freedom… we drove until late at night, never had to check in at hotels, our gear was always ready and we didn’t have to carry bags in & out of any accommodation. Also the easy driver 4×4 Crafter with DSG automatic gearbox handled some inland gravel roads with ease thanks to the big off road tires and high clearance! Really to be recommended to explore Iceland!

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Covid measures in Iceland

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Iceland, please refer to Iceland’s official COVID-19 travel guidelines.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get in this adventure:

    • An experienced, certified ski guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • Six days of backcountry ski and snowboard touring
    • Pick-up and drop-off at the airport or any hotel in the Keflavik area at the beginning and end of the adventure
    • 4×4 camper-van equipped with kitchen, heater and a comfy bed
    • Accommodations in a van
    • Campsite fees
    • Premium insurance
    • Professional photographer
    • Easy-guide tablet

What’s not included:

    • Transportation before and after the trip
    • Driver
    • Fuel
    • Meals and drinks
    • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
    • Personal expenses and extra activities
    • Swimming pool and hot tub fees

The vans have the option to add a travel toilet. Gas stations, shops, and restaurants are still abundant, but a travel toilet during winter can be worth the extra space it takes up. None of the vans have a shower but there is plenty of campsites with shower facilities and all the swimming pools are open, available in every town for a very small fee.

How fit do I need to be?

To enjoy this backcountry adventure, you need to have a reasonable level of fitness. You will be on your feet for multiple hours a day for the duration of your tour, covering several miles of terrain every day. The difficulty level of the tour itself easy to moderate. The tour is not recommended for clients with back problems, pregnant clients (although this is their own personal decision) and for clients with heart problems or other serious medical conditions.

What if I’ve never backcountry skied before?

Backcountry skiing isn’t just for pros looking for the ultimate thrill ride, it’s also beginner friendly, meaning anyone with solid blue level resort experience can have fun in the backcountry. If you’ve never backcountry skied before, heading out with a guide is your best bet. They’ll take care of the planning, introduce you to the basics, and teach you how to manage the terrain. They also have the experience and avalanche training to keep you safe.

What equipment do I need to bring?

For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:

    • Touring gear
    • Skis or split board
    • Skins
    • Poles
    • Ski boots or snowboard boots
    • Avalanche transceiver (beacon)
    • Avalanche shovel
    • Avalanche probe
    • Helmet
    • Crampons (optional)

For personal items, we recommend bringing:

    • Base-layer top and bottom (merino wool or synthetic)
    • Mid layer puffy or insulated jacket
    • Top layer top and bottom (Gore-tex or water-resistant shell)
    • Hiking shoes
    • Slippers
    • Wool sweaters
    • Fleeces
    • Fleece pants
    • Synthetic or merino wool tees
    • Synthetic or merino wool beanies
    • Snow gloves (2x minimum)
    • Wool socks (4x minimum)
    • Synthetic socks
    • Mountain or avalanche backpack
    • Sunglasses or ski goggles
    • Water bottle and 1L of water
    • Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
    • Food you can eat on-the-go
    • First aid kit
    • Sunscreen
    • Headlamp
    • Camera — optional

Can I rent equipment?

All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. Please let us know if you are missing something so we can help make arrangements.

What are the requirements for driving the van?

Age requirement for the driver is 20 years of age. Upon picking up the van at your guide’s office, the participant must show a valid international driving license, valid for the vehicle, and valid for a minimum of 12 months at the time of pick-up for the tour. All driving licenses issued from the U.S.A, Canada, and the European Economic Area (EEA) are valid in Iceland.

What information do I need to provide?

Your guides will ask you to provide them with your full names, date of birth, weight and height. They also kindly ask you to send them the arrival and departure flight details for the pick-up and the drop-off service.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and pricing:

    • For this adventure, the max. client-to-guide ratio is 3:1.
    • Two people will be sharing a van.
    • Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.

Ski touring in Iceland can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors may be permitted to join private tours on a case-by-case basis.

If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Deposits and cancellation policy

All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure. 

A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, program fee payments are refundable upon request unless the expedition has already incurred costs on behalf of the applicant. 

    • In case the booking is canceled at the latest 24 hours before departure, no cancellation fee will be applied.
    • If the customer does not cancel their booking at the latest 24 hours prior to departure or does not show up, the guide reserves 30% of the total amount while the other 70% will be reimbursed to the customer’s credit card.

Your guides reserve the right to cancel a customer’s booking for a full refund in case that the weather circumstances don’t allow you to carry on with the adventure.

Keep in mind that a 5.000 ISK administration fee will apply for any traffic violation that needs to be handled by Campeasy staff. A 5.000 ISK administration fee will apply if a camper is returned without a full tank. A 15.000 ISK penalty fee is charged for camper returns that are extremely dirty and need special treatment.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to the ski van expedition in Iceland, most people fly into Keflavík Airport (KEF) 5 minutes away from your guiding service’s office by car. Your guides offer a free pick-up and drop-off shuttle service from and to hotels in the Reykjanesbær area and from and to Keflavik Airport.

Your adventure starts at 10 am at the guide’s offices in Keflavik.

How much does it cost to drive the full circle in Iceland?

The fuel price changes a lot so it’s better to check out the current prices and do your own calculations based on current fuel prices: GSMbensin.is

The cost of fuel for this tour (1070 miles/ 1719 km)  is somewhere around $330/ 45.000 ISK.

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