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  • Herðubreið by ski

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Reykjahlíð, Norðurland Eystra (Lýðveldið Ísland)
    Distance
    7.79mi
    Elevation +
    3891f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Herðubreið by ski Photo of Herðubreið by ski Photo of Herðubreið by ski

    Herdubreid by ski - gps-track contains only the going up - on the 23.6.2014 - due to a snowfield, the hike as well as the track starts 9km south-east of the entry point for the west-ascent to herdubreid. - this time...

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  • Grímannsfell

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Álafoss, Höfuðborgarsvæði (Lýðveldið Ísland)
    Distance
    6.31mi
    Elevation +
    1381f
    TrailRank
    29
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    You need to cross the river twice so bring your walking sticks. This path is marked almost the whole way (only the very final part is not)

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  • Snæfellsjökull

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Stapi, Snafellsnes- og Hnappadalssysla (Ísland)
    Distance
    8.64mi
    Elevation +
    2956f
    TrailRank
    29

    With its symmetrical volcanic cone, Snæfellsjökull is arguably the most beautiful phenomenon visible from Reykjavik, 60 nautical miles across the bay. Still active, it is covered by an icecap - and was cast by Jules Vern...

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  • Ok

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Stóri-Ás, Borgarfjardarsysla (Ísland)
    Distance
    10.19mi
    Elevation +
    1959f
    TrailRank
    28

    Yes, it's a ridiculous name for a mountain (in English that is) but Ok is an impressive shield volcano located west of the Kaldidalur mountain road. Its slopes have the absolutely perfect angle for downhill skiing on cro...

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  • Reykjarétt-Lágheiði

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Ólafsfjörður, Norðurland Eystra (Ísland)
    Distance
    4.72mi
    Elevation +
    656f
    TrailRank
    27
    Photo of Reykjarétt-Lágheiði Photo of Reykjarétt-Lágheiði Photo of Reykjarétt-Lágheiði

    Leaving the cars at the fold Reykjarétt, we headed west along the Lágheiði mountain road. There was still enough snow for cross country skiing. Beautiful surroundings between the mountains of Tröllaskagi peninsula.

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  • Grundarhverfi

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Grundarhverfi, Höfuðborgarsvæði (Lýðveldið Ísland)
    Distance
    3.27mi
    Elevation +
    1952f
    TrailRank
    27
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    sunnyday skitouring, heavy snow, melting but not frozen plates, hiking route was great - easy, skiing in upper section steep - difficult

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  • Geitlandsjökull

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Gilsbakki, Myrasysla (Ísland)
    Distance
    8.26mi
    Elevation +
    2070f
    TrailRank
    25

    After having tried to come at this icecap from the other direction (over Prestahnjúkur) in really bad weather during the winter, this time we decided to use skis and start at the Jaki lodge. Beautiful weather, perfect sk...

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  • Eyjafjallajökull Seljavellir apríl 2020

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Ásólfsskáli, Suðurland (Ísland)
    Distance
    9.30mi
    Elevation +
    2618f
    TrailRank
    24
    Photo of Eyjafjallajökull Seljavellir apríl 2020

    Very nice tour, but last 500 m on a thin layer of snow on an icy surface, so in a couple of weeks, will be icy. We were a little late skiing down around 9 o'clock in the evening, so for the middle section of the downhill...

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  • Okið

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Reykholt, Vesturland (Lýðveldið Ísland)
    Distance
    11.44mi
    Elevation +
    1729f
    TrailRank
    23

    The conditions were not really good, heavy rain and constant wind and visibility not more than 50 meters. So the track is a bit longer than needed and we also went further west than we should have as we were descending. ...

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  • Skjaldbreiður

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Þingvellir, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    18.10mi
    Elevation +
    2674f
    TrailRank
    23

    Skjaldbreiður is the name of a beautifully symmetrical volcanic cone NE of Þingvellir. It is classified as a "shield volcano", the name ("Broadshield") is therefore particularly apposite. The main track is from a cross-c...

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  • kyiria

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Grundarhverfi, Höfuðborgarsvæði (Ísland)
    Distance
    1.45mi
    Elevation +
    1903f
    TrailRank
    23
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    Nice skitouring day, at beginning from parking spot that was easy hiking until u entrance to rightside canyon. Unstable snow plates side by river, difficult access to second couloir. When u finally reach couloir first se...

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  • Esjufjöll

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Knappavellir, IS.06 (Ísland)
    Distance
    22.62mi
    Elevation +
    2769f
    TrailRank
    22

    An interesting trip to say the least. This was one of my first cross-country skiing trips and a real eye-opener! On the upward journey it rained constantly and the glacier's surface was covered with a few inches of water...

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  • Þórisjökull

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    near Stóri-Ás, Borgarfjardarsysla (Ísland)
    Distance
    11.27mi
    Elevation +
    2841f
    TrailRank
    22

    A glacier trip in January should probably be started a bit earlier - as it worked out we started our approach march at 12:30 or so, made it to the top of the plateau (where we could start skiing) by 14:00 and reached th ...

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  • Kerlingar

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Kálfafell, Vestur-Skaftafellssysla (Ísland)
    Distance
    21.25mi
    Elevation +
    2228f
    TrailRank
    19

    On the 1st of March 2008 a group of us, five in all, skied from the cabin at Jökulheimar, across the Tungnaárjökull glacier to the foot of the easternmost of the two "kerlingar" ("old hags"). Once there we tied on our cr...

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  • Skriðufell

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Haukadalur, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    14.37mi
    Elevation +
    2031f
    TrailRank
    19

    It was on Easter Monday 2006 that we set course fro Skriðufell in two 4x4s. Getting to where we intended to start skiing turned out to be quite hard - we cooked the automatic transmission of Tommi's Ford - he had to keep...

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  • Hafrafell

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Haukadalur, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    10.64mi
    Elevation +
    1831f
    TrailRank
    16

    Located on the NW flank of the Langjökull icecap, Hafrafell was the destination of a spring (late March) skitrip in 2005. Beaitful weather, if a little cold, and good skiing (though perhaps a tad too fast for some!). Cli...

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  • Svalbarðseyri

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Svalbarðseyri, Norðurland Eystra (Lýðveldið Ísland)
    Distance
    1.40mi
    Elevation +
    879f
    TrailRank
    12
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    Parking at the Santa Claus sign. You can ski back to the parking. This time we went all the way down and got picked up.

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  • Eyjafjallajokull 2017-04-21

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Ásólfsskáli, Suðurland (Lýðveldið Ísland)
    Distance
    10.22mi
    Elevation +
    5374f
    TrailRank
    42
    Photo of Eyjafjallajokull 2017-04-21 Photo of Eyjafjallajokull 2017-04-21 Photo of Eyjafjallajokull 2017-04-21

    Seljavallavegurreko lautadan utzi genuen kotxea.Lehenengo ordubetean eskiak bizkarrean eraman behar izan genituen elur gutxi baitzegoen. Behin eskiak jarrita tontorra begibistan genuen baina urrunean ,7kmtara hain zuzen...

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  • Olafsfjordur - Mulakolla 2017-04-16

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Ólafsfjörður, Norðurland Eystra (Lýðveldið Ísland)
    Distance
    5.76mi
    Elevation +
    3287f
    TrailRank
    41
    Photo of Olafsfjordur - Mulakolla 2017-04-16 Photo of Olafsfjordur - Mulakolla 2017-04-16 Photo of Olafsfjordur - Mulakolla 2017-04-16

    Olafsfjordur herrian Akureyrirako norabidea hartuz supermerkatu parean jarriko ditugu eskiak. Hemen errepide ondotik joan azken etxeraino ia ia desnibelik gabe .Gero eskubiraka hartu .Zuzenean igo 250mt. Atzeraka begir...

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  • Kleifar - Pverfjall - Arnfinnsfjall 2017-04-18

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Ólafsfjörður, Norðurland Eystra (Lýðveldið Ísland)
    Distance
    10.61mi
    Elevation +
    5299f
    TrailRank
    40
    Photo of Kleifar - Pverfjall - Arnfinnsfjall 2017-04-18 Photo of Kleifar - Pverfjall - Arnfinnsfjall 2017-04-18 Photo of Kleifar - Pverfjall - Arnfinnsfjall 2017-04-18

    Keiflar herrixkan hasita Sydriarhyrna mendi beheko ertzetik eta la ia erreka gainetik igarotzen dira desnibeleko lehenengo 400 mt. Puntu honetan Bangsahnjukur gure aurrean topatuko dugu.Bere tankera hiruki angeluzuzenar...

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  • Snaefellsjökull ( Islàndia )

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Arnarstapi, Vesturland (Lýðveldið Ísland)
    Distance
    4.72mi
    Elevation +
    3983f
    TrailRank
    40
    Photo of Snaefellsjökull ( Islàndia ) Photo of Snaefellsjökull ( Islàndia ) Photo of Snaefellsjökull ( Islàndia )

    Ascensió al volcà Snæfellsjökull situat a la península de Snaefellsnes a l'est de Islàndia. L'inici de l'ascenció dependrà de l'època de l'any i de la quantitat de neu. En aquest cas l'ascenció comença a tocar a la carr...

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  • near Siglufjörður, Norðurland Eystra (Lýðveldið Ísland)
    Distance
    8.09mi
    Elevation +
    3907f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Olafsfjordur - Holskaro - Pallanhnjukur - Skutudalur 2017-04-17 Photo of Olafsfjordur - Holskaro - Pallanhnjukur - Skutudalur 2017-04-17 Photo of Olafsfjordur - Holskaro - Pallanhnjukur - Skutudalur 2017-04-17

    Olafsjordurreko lehenengo tunelaren amaieran izango dugu abiapuntua ezkerreko baiaratik . Erreka ezkerrean utzita emeki emeki metroak irabaziko ditugu.500 mt igota, bapatean lautada zabal batean aurkitu gara .Une egokia...

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