Fossavatn cross country ski race in Iceland

“Join a small group led by Andy McKee as you undertake the 50km cross-country Fossavatn ski marathon in northwest Iceland after a week's worth of practise en-route from Reykjavik.”


Reykjavik | Blue Mountains | Skalafell | Isafjordur | Westfjords | registration day | Fossavatn race | Optional activities include sea kayaking, tours of Fossavatn and post race party |

Description of Fossavatn cross country ski race in Iceland

If cross-country skiing is your thing then the Fossavatn race in Iceland is guaranteed to put you through your paces within an absolutely stunning environment.

Spectacular barely does Iceland justice with lava fields, jagged mountains and glistening fjords supplying some superb scenery as you cross-country ski as a small group, led by Andy McKee, and stay in locally-owned guesthouses from Reykjavik to Fossavatn, from where the race starts in earnest.

Legendary landmarks such as the Blafjoll and Skálafell mountains are just a short drive from Reykjavik and provide ample excuses to stretch your legs as you prepare to head to Isafjordur, whereupon you'll be given every chance to get acclimatised before registering for the race in Fossavatn.

Post race celebrations are always optional with live music, local dishes and plenty of cake offering umpteen chances to bond with your group and make new friends in Fossavatn before finally heading for home to rest any aching limbs and relive a succession of snow-covered memories.

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Responsible tourism: Fossavatn cross country ski race in Iceland

Accommodation and Meals:
This trip visits northwest Iceland in winter, staying in the small town of Isafjordur. Our group stays in a locally owned and run guesthouse during the week, which centres around a cross-country ski race. Many local hotels and guesthouses rely on this event being successful for extra income in what is otherwise low season in this area.
Sustainability in Iceland is managed differently, geothermal heating is the norm in accommodation and water supply is plentiful and clean.
The groups will dine in local restaurants, again providing a boost. Much of what is on offer is locally produced including lamb and fish and tourism is providing increased demand for local produce.
Lunches and snacks will be sourced in the local shops and supermarkets.

Cross-country skiing has a low environmental impact, far lower than traditional downhill skiing, as it does not rely on ski lifts or large amounts of infrastructure. Groups are instructed on appropriate waste disposal and encouraged to use refillable water bottles rather than buying numerous plastic bottles.

This trip centres around a cross-country ski race organised by a local ski club made up largely of volunteers. Its growing success has attracted skiers from abroad which is huge boost to the local economy at this time of year.
Our Icelandic operators hire local guides for each trip and use a bus company from a small town in South Iceland for the driving in all of their trips. This is mutually beneficial in that the community benefits from employment opportunities, whilst clients gain an insight into the country from staff with valuable local expertise. Our operators are also eager to contribute to local organisations devoted to conservation and community efforts. They run various programs for local children with disabilities or disadvantages in conjunction with the Salvation Army, so that these children can take part in activities like caving, glacier walking and going on a rope course.

UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group size
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.

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