Mountain skiing at Sveinstindur (2044m) is unique but tests endurance and is challenging. The prize is still one of the most beautiful and longest ski slopes in the country. Sveinstindur forms part of the eastern edge of the caldera in Öræfajökull and is the second highest peak in the country, only 66 meters lower than Hvannadalshnjúkur. You need to be in good physical shape and have a good command of skiing to go on this trip. Accommodation, shared dinner and driving are on your own.
Number of participants
At least 8, at most 32.
The ski trail
The route we take is extremely beautiful and has been called Kvískerjaleið as it starts at the farm Kvísker. From there, walk with the skis on your back along a steep hill up to a height of 500 m or to the height where the snow line lies. Then it is skinned up to a height of 1100m. We stop there, get a packed lunch and go in a line. Walk in a line on the glacier to the top. Each line has 9 people (one guide and 8 participants). From Línusteinur, a very long slope is paved until you reach the caldera rim at an altitude of about 1750 m. Then first walk along the caldera edge to Sveinsgnípa and from there to Sveinstindur (3km) and it is topped. Then our major 8km fun ski route down to the snow line awaits.They do not happen much longer on the slopes in Iceland. They all ski together in a group down a glacier. This trip is a major experience but can be very long and take up to 12-16 hours,
- Distance: 25 km
- Travel time: 12-16 hours.
- Total elevation gain: 2050m
What do I need to bring?
An equipment list is sent out to participants for the trip.
- If a trip or course is canceled due to Covid-19, the entire fee will be refunded.
- One week before departure, the trip is refunded less a 20% confirmation fee.
- Three days before departure, 50% of the fare is refunded.
- Cancellations of a trip with less than three days’ notice will not be refunded.
- The confirmation fee will not be refunded even if canceled.