Nordic Ski Tour - Langjokull Glacier Crossing 3 Days TREK37
One of the most accessible cross country skiing in the world
Nordic skiing on an Icelandic glacier is something to remember for a lifetime. Langjokull glacier is Iceland's 4th largest and the one closest to Reykjavik. This tour is a "mini" expedition so it is a good preparation for other larger expeditions in the future or just a great way to experience the magnificent glaciers of Iceland.
Price: 154 900 ISK per person
Departure 2015 ~~ April 23th - 25th
Duration: three days / two nights, 5-7 hours skiing per day
Difficulty: moderate - some skiing experience recommended. Suitable for people in good shape.
Pickup / Drop off: At your accommodation in Reykjavik at 06:30. Price 4,000 ISK per person. (optional). If you not want pickup, meet us at the Tourist Information Centre Reykjavik, Address: Adalstraeti 2.
Rent a sleeping bag: Price 1,000 ISK per day
Special diet: You can order special diet (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free etc) Price 1,000 per day per person.
Minimum: 2 passengers
Included: transport, guide, ski equipment, camping & glacier equipment, all meals except breakfast on day one and dinner on day three.
Bring with you: see list bellow
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The skiing is not technical as the glacier is not very steep so this is suitable for all levels of skiers. However we will be pulling pulkas with our equipment so a certain level of fitness is required. Our route is 35-40 km in total so we have plenty of time to explore and enjoy Langjokull. We will make two camps on our way across the glacier and you will learn from our experienced guides how to make yourself comfortable on the glacier.
Pick up at your accommodation in Reykjavik at 6.30 in the morning. First we go to the Trek base and check equipment to make sure everything fits and nothing is forgotten. Then we take a 2 hour scenic bus ride up to the glacier, stopping along the way to see the Hraunfossar waterfalls. At about 800m above sea level we put our skis on and start up the west side of the glacier. The first day our objective is to get up to about 1200 m and put up the first camp.
Distance: 12-14 km (7-8 miles)
Hiking time: 5-6 hours
We break camp early in the morning and start skiing towards the top of the glacier. At midday we arrive at Thursaborg, a rocky summit protruding through the glacier at 1300 meters above sea level. We stop to enjoy the view before we start our descent down the east side of the glacier and put up our second camp with views towards Thingvellir and south Iceland.
Distance: 10-15 km (7-9 miles)
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Today we finish our crossing of Langjokull by descending all the way to the glaciers edge on the eastern side. Depending on the season we have different options to get off the ice, either at Hvitarvatn glacier lagoon or Skalpanes. In the afternoon we meet a truck that will take us back to Reykjavik, arriving there around dinnertime.
Distance: 10-15 km (7-9 miles)
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Note: All specialized equipment is provided by the tour operator, such as tents, cooking gear, insulation mattresses etc. The tour operator also provides the ski gear, skis, bindings, poles, pulkas and skins. See the equipment list for what you need to bring. The itinerary is subject to current conditions and might be altered to guarantee your safety.
Bring with you:
Boots and Clothing:
- Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
- Long Johns (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. Light wool sweater or fleece (2nd layer).
- Warm Jacket – Soft shell or fleece (3rd layer).
- Trousers (2nd layer) – Strong and light material that dries quickly. Wind resistant and water repelling preferable.
- Rain Jacket or an Anorak with hood – Waterproof and breathable material (Gore-Tex or equivalents are preferable).
- Rain trousers – Waterproof and breathable material.
- Liner Gloves – Wool or synthetic (polypropylene / polyester).
- Mittens – Wool or synthetic (two pairs if no liner gloves).
- Over Mittens of waterproof material (Gore-Tex or alternative).
- Socks – Wool or synthetic. 3 pairs.
- Hat and a Balaclava – Wool or synthetic.
- 1 face mask (optional)
- Sleeping Bag – Down or synthetic. Aim for light weight and warm bag.
- Goose down with high "fills power" or top of the line synthetic bags are recommended. You will need one rated with comfort level down to -25°C or colder according to EN13537 standard.
- Insulation mattress of min thickness of 12 mm or air mattress (Thermarest or alternative).
- Parka – Down or synthetic jacket/anorak
- Backpack: 35L – 60L. Duffel bag: 70L – 110L
- Sunglasses – Big enough to cover the eyes and with sufficient UV-protection
- Ski Goggles
- Sun Protection
- Water Bottle/'Camel pack' (1litre or 1 ½ litre recommended). NB. Camel packs external tubes can freeze
- Thermo bottle 0.75L – 1L.
- 1 set eating utensils with bowl
- Camera equipment – Incl. spare batteries, memory card and/or films.
- Small personal first aid kit ('Compeed' and tape for blisters, pain killers such as aspirin or ibuprofen)
- Gaiters– Calf or knee height and wide enough for the boots.
- Pocketknife – multi-tool
- Head light
- Compass and GPS (optional)
- Watch (optional)
- Antiseptic hand gel
- Camp shoes
- Ski equipment: All ski equipment is provided by the tour operator.
Note: All gear should be wrapped in waterproof/plastic bags before packing it in the duffel bag.
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