What kind of skis are suitable?
Most people use AT (randonnée) or Telemark skis, but snowboards, cross-country skis or snowshoes can be used as well. You can bring your own skis or arrange hire in Ísafjörður.
Do I need special insurance?
Sailing and other outdoor activities in the trips can be dangerous and require an average level of fitness and good health. It is the responsibility of all participants to ensure that they obtain proper and detailed medical advice.
What should I bring?
In case of a medical problem arising during the voyage, either on-board or onshore, which results in medical expenses—including but not limited to costs for evacuation with use of aircraft or boat and repatriation—the responsibility for payment of these costs belongs solely to the respective participant.
The tour operator requires that the participants ensure that such eventualities are covered by travel insurance. If for any reason an incident is not covered by travel insurance, the responsibility still remains with the participant. Be aware that a normal travel policy may not cover you for some geographical areas traveled to and there may be exclusions for what they describe as “hazardous sports,” which may include sailing, climbing, skiing and diving (especially in remote areas). Before arrival, participants must provide the name, address and telephone numbers for emergency contacts who can be reached should it prove necessary.
Here is a basic equipment list but enquire for your specific trip.
Will there be mobile phone reception?
• Thermal underwear, at least two sets
• Wool or fleece thermal mid layer, take few thin layers instead of few thick ones.
• Hiking pants. We recommend no cotton clothing as cotton takes a long time to dry if wet.
• Thermal jacket (down or synthetic) optional
• Waterproof and breathable pants and jacket
• Wool/fleece hat
• Two pairs of gloves and one pair of mittens
• 3 to 4 pairs thick wool/synthetic socks and 2 to 3 pairs thinner socks
• Casual clothes for happy hour!
• Boat shoes or slippers with rubber soles for below decks
• Sleeping bag (summer rated is enough)
• Soft travel bag (no hard suitcases)
• Dark sun glasses
• Sunscreen / aftersun and sun hat
• Swim suit and towels
• Small backpack (30-40 litres)
• Personal medical kit to include personal medication, bandaids, 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 and/or thermos
• For ski trips: skis, boots, skins, poles, shovel, avalanche beacon and probe. It´s mandatory to carry avalanche gear
• …and don’t forget your camera!
There is good mobile phone coverage and internet service in Iceland and in Greenland’s local villages, but normally coverage is poor whilst we travel on board Aurora. There is a satellite phone on board that can be used for urgent calls or emails.
What about sea sickness?
We mostly sail short distances during our trips, and seasickness has not proven to be problematic. Still, it´s a good idea to bring medication if you know you are prone to seasickness or you think it will be helpful.