28 February – 4 March 2024

Pure Island

The remotest tours

North Iceland. This is something completely different. It is a desolate, prehistoric landscape of glaciers and volcanoes. It is barren and wild but enchantingly beautiful. Magical mountains, created by primordial forces from a stormy sea, with masses of snow. Ski touring tours on nature’s terms.

Pure Island is an Out of Bounds trip with longer days and more demanding tours. It is often just a group with a mountain guide, which means that there are no different degrees of difficulty on the tours. However, this smaller format gives us greater mobility to explore more distant mountain peaks. We sometimes cook our own food and the accommodation is simpler. Given that the altitude meters are more, you need to have previous experience of ski touring tours and your backpack should only contain the bare essentials to minimize weight.

Mountain &
Guides

Desolate wilderness

Iceland, an island nation in the north Atlantic, with a dramatic landscape of volcanoes, geysirs, hot springs and lava fields. The island is Europe’s second-largest, and is situated close to the arctic circle, between 63 and 67 degrees north. The bulk of the population is found in Reykjavik itself. We’re driving northwards all the way to the coast, past the city of Akureyri, and onwards to the village of Dalvik where we have our base. Dalvik is a tiny old fishing hamlet right by the fjord Eyjafjördur on the Tröllaskagi peninsula.

Typical for the region is the desolate, open landscape with peaks jutting to just over 1000m asl. There are no trees at all to see for miles around, and when we’re there in the month of March it can appear as a single undulating mountainscape dressed in white. Having access to our own minibuses gives us the freedom to get to where we want to go, and transfer times are short, around 20 to 40 mins each way. We have four full ski touring days, and we’ll average between 800 to 1000 vertical meters of ascent per day. The arctic winds from the north dominate, but on a clear, still day, Dalvik has one of the most impressive mountain backdrops in the world.

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Oscar Wahlund

Oscar Wahlund is an IFMGA-certified mountain guide who loves the great outdoors. He feels the most at home climbing or skiing in the mountains than working in an office. Drawn to nature, he spends many nights a year under the stars, but also appreciates a cosy mountain hut.

Oscar can guide you climbing a long route in the Alps, climbing an icefall in Norway or ski touring under the Aurora Borealis in Sweden or Norway. He really subscribes to the idea that the best experiences are shared experiences and enjoys spending time with guests regardless of activity. Oscar has worked with Pure Ski Touring since 2013 and has guided for us in Georgia, Lyngen, Senja, Abisko, Sea to Summit and on Iceland.

Peter “CalleP” Engström

Peter “CalleP” Engström is a certified IFMGA mountain guide, and member of the Swedish mountain rescue team. CalleP lives in Kiruna, in the north of Sweden, and has ski toured in the Kebnekaise, Abisko and Narvik alpine ranges for more than 25 years – the last 15+ years as a certified mountain guide.

CalleP has worked with Pure Ski Touring since the beginning in 2009 and has guided for us in Lyngen, Tarfala and Abisko. Like many other guides, CalleP enjoys all the varied kinds of work that a professional mountain guide does, but ski touring is hard to beat, and is a firm winter favourite.

Mountain & guides
Accommodation & 
Travel

Tröllaskagi (troll) peninsula, Northern Iceland

Apart from the snow-laden scenic peaks, it’s the rich Icelandic mythology that makes the Tröllaskagi peninsula a special experience. This region is our base, focusing on the fishing hamlet of Dalvik, north of Akureyri in Svarfaðardalur valley, bordering the nature reserve Fridland Svarfdæla. The whole region is surrounded by mountains jutting directly up from the ocean and the place is something of a ski touring paradise.

Accommodation

Surrounded by the Tröllaskagi range we depart each morning from our accommodation, Hótel Dalvík, in the centre of Dalvik. A cosy hotel with a restaurant and café with a scenic view of the mountain range. The hotel is a five minute walk from the sea by Eyjafjörður fjord, and 600 m from the geothermically heated pool and around 35 minutes’ drive from Akuyreyri. Breakfast buffet and evening dinners are served in the hotel restaurant, with a good view of Svarfaðardalur valley.

Travel

Our trip to Iceland begins from Arlanda Airport in Stockholm. We fly to Keflavik Airport, Reykjavik, departing just after lunch, and the travel time is just over two hours. We drive rented minibuses north to the fishing hamlet of Dalvik, our base camp. It’s a drive through some of Iceland’s most dramatic arctic landscapes and we’ll stop for dinner along the route. Transfer time is around six hours. 

The return leg follows the same route in late afternoon, after a ski touring day on the mountain. We head south for Keflavik. We arrive in Reykjavik late evening and check into a hotel near the airport. There will be an early check-out and airport shuttle to the airport. Our plane takes off in the morning and we land in Stockholm just before lunch. 

Itinerary
February 28 Sthlm, Arlanda – Keflavik 12:50-15:15  
March 4, Keflavik – Sthlm, Arlanda 07:35-11:45  

 

Accommodation & Travel
Knowledge &
Equipment

We’ll ascend around 800-1200 vertical meters per day at a moderate pace. We’re 6-8 guests per mountain guide.

  • Good fitness is required, capable of sustaining an ascent rate of 350m/h
  • Off-piste skiing in all conditions, on slopes up to 35 degrees
  • Previous experience of ski touring, how to walk and kick-turn with climbing skins
  • Age limit 18 years old (16 years old if accompanied by legal guardian)

 

 

Mandatory Equipment

  • Skis with touring bindings
  • Climbing skins, contour-cut to your skis
  • Ski boots
  • Ski poles with baskets of a diameter of at least 6cm
  • Avalanche transceiver (not analog), shovel, probe. Check batteries.
  • Helmet
  • Avalanche backpack with inflatable airbag, 25-40l capacity
  • Shell jacket and trousers. Wind-, and waterproof.
  • Mid-layer in wool or fleece
  • Insulated jacket. Synthetic or down. Alternatively an extra fleece.
  • Base layer, top and long-johns. Wool or synthetic
  • Ski socks, wool
  • Underwear, wool or synthetic
  • Gloves or mittens, one pair of thick, one pair of thin
  • Hat and balaclava or Buff to cover your face
  • Sunglasses and goggles
  • Sun cream
  • Water bottle
  • Head torch
  • Passport and money 
  • Travel insurance
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Personal snacks (chocolate, nuts etc) for touring

Iceland specifics


  • Crampons

Good to have,

  • Thin windproof/soft shell jacket
  • Soft shell trousers
  • Extra base layers
  • Extra underwear (wool/synthetics)
  • Extra ski socks (wool)
  • Day wear/civvies
  • Normal shoes
  • Thermos
  • Camera
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Toiletries bag
  • Ear plugs
  • Blister tape

Always aim to minimise weight when packing.
If you’re missing some of the equipment listed above, we’ll be happy to help arrange equipment hire or purchase. Contact us on info@pureskitouring.se for details.

Knowledge & Equipment

Reserve

Price &
Itinerary
  • Package, including flights

    • Part in multi-bed room
    • 26 500 SEK
    • Estimated 2280€
    • Part in double room
    • 27 500 SEK
    • Estimated 2350€
    • Single room
    • 30 000 SEK
    • Estimated 2600€

Included:

  • 4 days’ ski touring with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Avalanche safety training with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Ski touring technique skills with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Equipment orientation with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Guided tour of local brewery in Dalvik
  • Guest lecturers
  • Personal account access to Pure Ski Touring’s website
  • Pure Ski Touring’s goodie bag
  • Accommodation at lodge in Dalvik, 5 nights
  • Breakfast, lunch and evening meal, 5 days
  • Meal during bus transfer on arrival day
  • Breakfast buffet on departure day
  • Entry fee for hot springs, pool and sauna
  • Bedding, towel and cleaning on checkout
  • Air travel, Stockholm – Keflavik return
  • Checked luggage, 23kg and carry-on 8kg
  • Sport equipment luggage, 23kg (skis, poles and boots)
  • Return transfer, Keflavik airport – Dalvik Village

  • Wednesday, February 28

    • 12:50 Departure, Stockholm Arlanda Airport
    • 15:15 Arrival, Keflavik Airport, just outside Reykjavik
    • We drive our own bus upp north towards Akureyri and our village, Dalvik (around 6h)
    • We stop for a nice dinner at a farmhouse along the way.
    • 23:00 Arrival at our hotel in Dalvik
    • Check-in and straight to bed
  • Thursday, February 29

    • 07:30 Breakfast buffet served in the restaurant, and we make our lunch packs for the day
    • We've got a whole day of ski touring ahead of us in this arctic landscape!
    • 17:00 We'll enjoy after-ski in the local pub in the village
    • 18:00 A soothing dip in the local hot springs near the hotel
    • 19:00 Evening meal served in the hotel's restaurant
  • Friday, March 1

    • 07:00 Breakfast buffet served in the restaurant, and we make our lunch packs for the day
    • Today we'll tour right up from the fjord, starting at the sea's edge.
    • Pool, sauna and a change of clothes
    • 17:00 Guided visit to the local brewery
    • 19:30 Evening meal served in the hotel's restaurant
  • Saturday, March 2

    • 07:00 Breakfast buffet served in the restaurant, and we make our lunch packs for the day
    • 08:30 Ski touring with our mountain guide
    • Pool, sauna, hot springs after a full day in the mountains
    • 19:30 Evening meal served in the hotel's restaurant, locally caught fish on Fridays
    • Mountain guide clinics following dinner
  • Sunday, March 3

    • 07:00 Breakfast buffet served in the restaurant, and we make our lunch packs for the day
    • Ski tour, full day
    • Lunch on the mountain
    • Time for shower, exchange and check out
    • 16:30 Drive through the Icelandic landscape southwards towards Keflavik Airport
    • 23:00 We'll make a stop along the way for dinner
  • Monday, March 4

    • 04:30 Breakfast served in the restaurant
    • 07:30 Check out
    • 05:00 Shuttle bus to Keflavik airport
    • 07:35 Departure from Keflavik, Reykjavik's Airport
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