A 6 day Iceland backcountry skiing and sail expedition to the stunning Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in the West Fjords of Iceland- only a few miles from the Arctic Circle. With a fantastic variety of mountains and ridges to ski, stunning scenery and a comfortable sailboat to act as your ‘movable base’ taking you to remote spots otherwise out of reach, this sell out trip is sure to be a highlight of your year… and possibly your best ski trip ever.
This trip through ancient and unspoiled terrain, only accessible by boat, is marked by spectacular solitude and silence – an ideal environment for exploration and reflection. Depending on weather and sea conditions, each voyage of this adventure will vary.
The West Fjords region of Iceland is a remote and exciting areas of mountains, sheltered fjords and bays offering endless pursuits for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. The jewel in the crown is the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, packed with unspoilt landscapes and a rich history. There are no roads in the nature reserve— and the only way to explore is by boat. Unsurprisingly then, you can expect to stay there for days without meeting a single soul. Doing so, you will have a chance to discover the absolute essence of remote Iceland (and possibly the Northern Lights!).
Marine and aviary life abound in the deep and dramatic fjords and the unexplored landscapes make for an adventure playground for a curious and adventurous explorer.
- Backcountry skiing on a variety of slopes many of which have never been skied before
- Sailing the remote fjords of north west Iceland
- Stunning views of the bay and ice fjords every day
- Picking mussels in Arctic waters to enjoy for dinner
- Kayaking around the bay to get a closer view of this beautiful area
On this Iceland backcountry ski and sailboat trip the expedition yacht that you will be sailing is a former race yacht and serves as the perfect movable base for you to spend these six days skiing between the remote fjords and the unexplored mountains – many of which have never been skied before. Your crew is experienced, friendly, professional, and ready to help you have the most fantastic week. There are roughly 6-8 hours of skiing available each day with all backcountry skiing abilities catered for. If you wish to have a shorter ski day you can simply ski down to the yacht, you might want to spend the afternoon exploring the fjords by kayak which the boat comes equipped with and offers a different perspective on this incredible moving landscape.
Each day will be spent exploring new slopes and each night you will anchor in a different location and the evenings will be spent refueling on delicious home cooked food and sharing stories with your fellow travellers. At night, you will relax in comfortable bunks as the gentle waves rock you to sleep. If the sky is clear you may want to set your alarm to get up in the night to see if you can spot the Northern Lights.
No sailing experience is required and those of all backcountry ski abilities are welcome.
Join the adventure solo or as part of a group. The yacht has been fitted to accommodate ten guests and two crew – so the groups on this expedition are small and cozy. Fill out the enquiry form today and be sure to get some serious snow under your skis.
Explorer, Paddleboard, Sailing, Skiing, Water Sports, Winter Activities
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Solo Traveller