A team stands near the Grimsvotn volcano during our ski travers of the Vatnajokull glacier in Iceland

Vatnajokull Ski Traverse

The most amazing trip of my life. Annie and Eric are a testament to the company. This was one of the best weeks of my 48 year old life.” 

—  Name, Title

Vatnajokull Ski Traverse

Join us for an incredible 8 day crossing of Europe’s largest glacier. Located in south west Iceland, Vatnajökull covers 8,100 square km of snow and ice and boasts numerous volcanoes including Grímsvötn (Iceland’s most active volcano) and Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur (2110 m). This spectacular glacier offers the perfect location for this classic ski/pulk adventure. Like its polar cousins Vatnajökull has unpredictable weather with potential for strong winds and precipitation but on clear days the views are stunning with rocky nunataks and mountain peaks surrounding the glacier. An adventurer's dream come true.

Dates & Rates

2022 Dates: 

Tentatively May 14-24

2022 Price:

Tentatively $ 5,900 per person

Participants receive a discount on our 5-day Polar Shakedown Training. 


Inclusions:

Includes all group equipment, guide(s), permits, communication & safety gear, transfer to/from the glacier, most meals.

Itinerary

DAY 1

Meet in Reykjavik. Review clothing & equipment. Evening welcome reception.

DAY 2

Early morning departure for Jokulheimar on the western edge of Vatnajökull. Start skiing in the afternoon.

DAY 3-4

Skiing towards the Grimsvötn volcano, night in tent. Arrive at Grimsvötn caldera, night at the Grimsfall Hut (based upon availability).

DAY 5

Layover day at the hut. Review glacial travel skills for the upcoming days. 

DAY 6

Descend off the Grimsvötn caldera and change our course towards Hermannaskaro Pass.

Read the full itinerary here.

Qualifications

This expedition is for people who are in good shape and are eager to push themselves physically and mentally. The days can be long and the skiing, though not technically difficult requires that you maintain an appropriate pace. You will need to have very good cardiovascular endurance and the ability to pull a sled (between 25-35 kilos) for several hours at a time. Most importantly you need to be able to regulate your body temperature so that you do not get too cold, or too hot while you are on the move. Towards the end of the day when we stop skiing, it is critical that you have the energy reserves to help with the group camp chores. 

This expedition can encounter extreme conditions including high winds, limited visibility, snow, rain, and cold temperatures. Living in such conditions 24 hours a day can be very challenging. You do not have to be a world class athlete to participate in and enjoy this expedition, but every ounce of training and preparation will help to make the expedition more enjoyable and safer.

 

Please contact us with further questions!

Equipment

Upon registration, you will receive a comprehensive gear guide that explains the importance of each item as well as gear recommendations from our past participants. Please contact us for more information about your personal gear and group gear for this expedition.

Several items on our equipment checklist are available from our store. 

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