Peaks of Thieves Ski Traverse

Backcountry skiing in Iceland

Backcountry ski tour in the mountains around Ísafjörður

This is a backcountry skiing journey in the beautiful mountains surrounding our town, Ísafjörður.  It gives a panoramic view of exciting fjords and the open sea. The mountains around Ísafjörður offer the perfect grounds for skiing, both for beginners and experts. 

If you want to do some extra, f.ex. two day trip or our departure dos not fit to your schedule, please drop us an email if you're interested.

  • Meeting point: At our base camp Bræðrborg café, Aðalstræti 22B

  • Departing time: At 10:30 AM. Be there half an hour before. 

  • Age limit: 12 years

  • Min pax: 2 pers

  • Trip Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging. You need to have some skiing experience to enjoy this trip and be in a good physical shape. 

  • Included: Transportation during the trip, delicious home made lunch, Ski gear, Professional guiding.

  • Not Included: Transportation to and from Ísafjörður

Disclaimer: All trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. BOREA does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk.

We like playing outside in the cold and crispy days of winter and we invite you to come along.  

We meet up at our basecamp café Bræðraborg at 10:00 A.M. This is where we fetch our lunch and get outfitted with gear for the trip. We depart from our basecamp via car and start driving towards Bolungarvík.  

Before we arrive at Bolungarvík though, we take a left turn into Syðridalur valley. At the head of the valley, we strap on our skis and start skiing up, up, up!  We head for Seljadalur Valley if conditions are good, and from the top of the pass we will skin up the ridge to the top of Heiðnafjall mountain to find a nice slope to ski down.

After a good rest, we traverse around the valley floor of Hnífsdalur over to Breiðafell and make our way up to the top. From the top of Breiðafell we ski down the mountainside that used to be a part of the old ski resort of Ísafjörðu in Seljalandsdalur. We will see what is left of the old ski lifts that was ruined in an avalanche in April of '94. Depending on the amount of snow and your interest, we can be picked up at the old ski lodge or we can ski further down to the golf course to get picked up and return to Bræðraborg Café.

  • Warm clothing.
  • Waterproof pants and jacket.
  • Backpack.
  • Water bottle.
  • Don't forget your camera!

1. I go skiing at the local ski area quite often in the winter. Is that enough experience to join this trip?

Yes it is. You don't have be a backcountry skier to enjoy this trip. We might change the route we do depending on the skills of the participants. Good physical shape is necessary.

 

2. What's the veretical climb on this trip?

That varies a bit depending on conditions and the group. Normally, the vertical climb is about 6-700 meters if we do the whole route.  

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