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Fossavatn Ski Race, Iceland

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  • A race in unforgettable landscapes
The Fossavatn Ski Race, Iceland tour starts in Keflavík International Airport and ends in Reykjanesbær. The Fossavatn Ski Race, Iceland is a Cross-country Skiing tour that takes 8 days taking you from Keflavík International Airport to Reykjanesbær and other destinations in Europe.

This race has a good claim to be one of the most spectacular on the circuit. Though only given Worldloppet status in 2015, the Fossavatn was first run back in 1935 and has been attracting those looking for something different for many years. Against a backdrop of Iceland's West Fjords words like 'spectacular' and 'unique' spring to mind, yet don't quite do it justice. Led by Andy McKee our Fossavatn trip gives race fans the chance to explore one of Iceland's most beautiful regions whilst also having the chance to ski in the Blue Mountains near Reykjavik. There are few countries on earth like Iceland, making this a truly memorable experience.

We waste no time in getting out on skis. If flights go to schedule we aim to spend a few hours skiing in the Blafjoll area a short drive southwest of Reykjavik. We finish with a transfer back to our Reykjavik hotel.

Our first full day will be spent skiing in the Blue Mountains, the same area we will hopefully have skied the night before, a wonderful area just a short drive from Reykjavik. As an introduction to skiing in Iceland this is certainly effective, composed as it is of sharp mountains and a vast lava plateau. Depending on conditions we may ski in Skalafell, another popular ski area in the Greater Reykjavik Area.

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Isafjordur is the largest town in the Western Fjords or Westfjords as they are also known. The town has long depended on the fishing industry but its popularity, and that of the region, has grown in recent years thanks to the natural beauty provided by the mountaineous landscape and dozens of glistening fjords. We will tailor our skiing here to suit the conditions, however there are events laid on in the run up to the race, such as a 25km race offering a great chance to test out parts of the course and hone our skills. Andy will ensure enough time is spent getting accustomed to the course and building confidence for the race.
Today is registration day, when we collect our bibs from the race organisers. The rest of the day is free to explore. Activities are available locally such as sea kayaking, and other tours of the area are also available through local providers. This is a great opportunity to see this beautiful part of the country.

The day of the race needs no introduction. On completion there is a cake buffet laid on by the organisers, and in the evening there is an optional race party and meal with live music, providing ample opportunity to celebrate the acheivement. For those looking for a lower key ending to the week there is of course the chance to head out for a final meal in a local restaurant.

The final day brings with it the drive back down south, one last chance to enjoy the stunning Icelandic scenery. We'll make an early start and stop en route for lunch before arriving early afternoon.

what’s included
  • All breakfasts and 3 lunches included
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Arrival & departure transfers
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Keflavík International Airport and from Reykjanesbær are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Fossavatn Ski Race, Iceland tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
Minimum Participants 6 people
Age Requirement 18+ yrs
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends Keflavík International Airport, Iceland/Reykjanesbær, Iceland
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A deposit of 200 USD is required to confirm this tour. For any departures within 07 February 2018 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Fossavatn Ski Race, Iceland tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Fossavatn Ski Race, Iceland tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Cancellation No additional cancellation fees apply for this Fossavatn Ski Race, Iceland tour. You can cancel the tour up to 57 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 56 days of departure.
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