Sailboat Skiing

These trips are true Arctic Expeditions to the beautiful Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in the West Fjords of Iceland - only a few miles from the Arctic Circle. We focus on backcountry skiing between the remote fjords, anchoring in a different spot every night. Many of the mountains and ridges have never been skied before so don't expect to wait in a line-up before cruising down the mountain of your choice! There are many different slopes and we will plan our routes to fit people of all abilities and interests. Most people use AT (randonnée), Telemark skis or snowboards. We usually spend about 6-8 hours in the mountains each day but those who want shorter days, can just ski down to the boat when they choose. This is prime time for skiing but we still carry a few kayaks on the yacht and people are quite welcome to take a break from skiing and do some kayaking as well.

The Expedition yacht AURORA is our movable backcountry hut and awaits us every day with gourmet meals and warm and comfortable bunks.


 

Watch the Warren Miller´s Iceland footage from a trip with us in 2008. 

 

At the end of trip 2014070 there is an option to participate in the Fossavatn Ski Marathon.  scheduled for May 3rd. This cross country race was established in 1935 and is one of the longest running sport events in Iceland and by far the biggest ski race in the country. There are options for 7, 10, 20 and 50 km classic style tracks. We can arrange a few pairs of skis for those interested in doing the race for fun. Or you can start your adventure in Iceland by participating in the race and join the sailboat skiing trip starting on 5. May. 

 

Trip itinerary

 


Day 1

Departure from Isafjordur at 19:00. 2-4 hours sailing to Hesteyri in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Relaxing at anchor and maybe do some exploration on the Zodiac and take a look at the old whaling station that once was the driving force in this now abandoned settlement. Also optional to do a short ski run since it's still bright in the evening.


Day 2

We'll begin the day with a safety briefing, avalanche search and what to do in case of emergency. Then ski from Hesteyrarfjordur to Veidileysufjordur (e. Fjord with no fish!). The climb up Hesteyrarfjordur is very easy and the ski slopes on the other side offer many possibilities. We may end the day by skiing the steepest slope of the trip, 45°-50° steep. Of course it's optional. You can head down to the yacht if you prefer! Dinner at anchor in Veidileysufjordur.


Day 3

Ski to Lonafjordur (e. Lagoon Fjord). We begin the day by climbing up to one of the cols to take a look at the bays on the North side. Then we ski down to the first valley in Lonafjordur and climb up at least two more mountains before meeting Aurora again.


Day 4

Here we normally spend an extra day at the beautiful Rangali anchorage. Here are endless opportunities for skiing. From steep couloirs to rolling hills. One route will take us to the Snokur mountain with a good view of the coastal mountains on the east side of Hornstrandir. Often there is an opportunity to pick mussels for après ski!


Day 5

Today we skin up from the Sopandi inlet and over to Hrafnfjordur (e. Raven Fjord). The mountain cirque at the head of the fjord is very beautiful and the anchorage is a perfect spot to spend the night.


Day 6

Short skiing in the morning before sailing back to Isafjordur with arrival around 16:00 in the afternoon. You can catch the last flight from Isafjordur the same day but we suggest staying at least one night in Isafjordur, relax and get to know this old and beautiful town. 

 

 

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Skiing in the afternoon sun
Skiing in the afternoon sun
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2014100 May. 19 - May. 24, 2014 6 1690 EUR BOOK!
2014110 May. 26 - May. 31, 2014 6 1690 EUR BOOK!

Included:

  • All food onboard and during day activities, except alcohol
  • Accommodation onboard
  • Use of sailing clothing (Gore-Tex jacket and pants), safety harness and life jacket
  • Guiding

Not included:

  • Travel to and from Ísafjörður, Iceland unless specifically mentioned in itinerary.
  • Food the first day until boarding the yacht in Ísafjörður
  • Personal medical insurance
  • Personal equipment as pr recommended equipment list.


Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

Terms and conditions


The Borea Adventures trips/voyages are of an adventurous nature and to relatively remote places in Iceland, Greenland and other places. Borea Adventures makes best effort to stick to the planned itinerary but participants must appreciate and acknowledge that the trip/voyage requires considerable flexibility. The company and captain of the vessel reserve the right to adjust the itinerary without notice for reasons beyond their control such as weather, ice-conditions or other unpredictable or unforeseeable circumstances. Once departed on the voyage the captain will have final say on all decisions affecting safety etc and this must be accepted by all participants.

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"Many thanks for a great trip. Nice and cool guide, great local cook. Too short to discover your awesome country. Hope to be back soon for other adventures"
- Benoit, France
"The most wonderful trip, perfect weather, blue skies, whales, seals, porpoise, so many birds and the arctic fox appearing “on cue”. "
- Francesca, Wales
"It doesn't get much better! Great company... Delicious food... Adventures to places that are so scenic...-with icebergs that are awesomly huge and mountains that dont have names ..."
- Eric, England
Welcome to the website for Borea Adventures, Iceland, your number one stop for Arctic adventures in high latitudes. We provide great adventures and expeditions in Iceland, Greenland, East Greenland, Jan Mayen and Svalbard (Spitzbergen), mainly using our spacious yacht, the Aurora. Our philosophy is to make our trips as silent as possible where we minimize the use of motorized power and encourage physical activities, whether sea kayaking, climbing, sailing, walking and hiking, wildlife, ski touring and backcountry skiing for beginners, experts and people of all ages. The North Atlantic is our playground and we offer scheduled trips for individuals and groups as well as customized itineraries and charter for groups. We travel in harmony with the wildlife of the area: Arctic Foxes, Birds, Seals, Whales and Polar Bears. Aurora is a sturdy expedition yacht and was raced four times around the globe as part of the Clipper Round the World yacht race under the ownership of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston. She gives us a great opportunity to provide Arctic adventures in areas that are hard to reach otherwise. We call her our floating basecamp. Our name is derived from Greek mythology where Boreas was the god of the north wind. Aurora on the other hand was the Roman rosy-fingered goddess of dawn. Aurora Borealis is a name for the Northern lights which are common in our area. As we humans have proven through the decades, names can be hard to remember. Especially if a bit of alcohol gets passed around the galley too many times! You might spell our name Boreal Adventures, Borial Adventures, Borea Adventrues and Borealis Adventures. Thank you for visiting Borea Adventures.