The glacier is an ever-changing beast, so much so it sometimes feels alive. The catabolic winds cause strange ripples that parade across the plateau at the summit of the glacier. Gentle slopes at the base of the glacier give way to high peaks in the distance, perfect to ascend under kite power then carve up on the way down. Winds can range between 12-50 knots, we normally take 3 kites, storm kite, 5/6m, mid range 8,9 or 10 and something bigger for light days. With 1,000 sq km to play with GPS is essential, Bring all of your warmest ski clothing Gortex or something waterproof, it's reasonable uncomfortable snow kiting if you are wet and cold. Standard alpine Snowboard or skis, whichever you prefer, if you are keen on some backcountry kiting, then bring ski or snowboard skins and poles.
Typical Pickup: kex hostel
Suitable for: Solo traveler
Experience Type: Collective
Food: Full board
Iceland is a magical, mysterious and beautiful country. The Langjokull Glacier offers over 1,000 km2 of completely untracked snow to explore, with no ski-lifts, no tourists, no fast-food joints, no planes trains or automobiles (well, perhaps a few crazy Icelandic super-jeeps).
We will snowkite for a week completely untracked snow of the Langjokull Glacier. You will spend a week with a group of like-minded adventurers, all there to soak in the experience of a lifetime.
Hone your snow-kiting skills during the day, help build an ice wall shelter and an igloo in your downtime, scarf down a huge number of calories to keep yourself going, and then, just when you think it can't get any better, launch your kite one more time and experience the legendary midnight kiting session; whisking along with the largest smile you will ever wear, watching as the sun sinks just below the horizon, triggering a spectacular red and gold display in the West, while the new day dawns blue and crisp in the East. A memories you will never forget.
After a full day of kiting, our SuperJeeps track us back off road to our cosy log cabins, each equipped with geothermal hot tub, for a well earned soak and great dinner provided at the cabin site restaurant. A few beers, a chat and laugh about our day's adventures, crash out and repeat! What more could you want!
There are a limited number of spaces available for this trip so book your seat in advance.
Friday (12th May) Meeting point at Kex Hostel downtown in Reykjavik. As people are arriving on different flights at different times throughout the day it is a convenient location to stay for the night! We‘ll meet up in Kex around dinner time, grab a coffee/beer so everyone can get to know each other .
Saturday (13th May) We drive up to Borganes where we make a short stop at the supermarket and liquor store in case someone needs to get some supplies before we head out to our cabins in Husafell. After we have settled in and dropped luggage in the cabins then we head out to Langjökul glacier to snow kite for the remainder of the day!
Sunday (14th May) Snowkite.
Monday (15th May) Snowkite.
Tuesday (16th May) Snowkite.
Wednsday (17th May) Snowkite.
Thursday (18th May) Snowkite.
Friday (19th May) Head back to Reykjavik (Arriving there around noon). During our stay in Husafell, we will enjoy the fantastic food from Hotel Husafell which is located 5 minutes walking distance from our cabins. We will have breakfast at the hotel every morning and they will provide us with packed lunch / Soup to take away to the glacier everyday and then we will enjoy dinner there after we get back from the glacier.
Hopefully we'll be blessed with good kiting conditions the whole time but incase we cannot kite because of hurricane winds then we have other activities to attend to:
- Swimming pool,
- caving, visit microbrewery or
- just relax in the Jacuzzis at our cabins!
What to Bring With You
Spring time in Iceland can have varied weather conditions and these conditions can change rapidly and all in the course of one day. You can have spring like conditions or it can be bitterly cold with howling Northerly winds. Being caught with inadequate kit could put an immediate dampener to your session! So be prepared, better off with too much rather than too little clothing.
As well as your usual kite equipment, harness kites, skis, snowboard you will also need ski/snowboard skins and poles if you are thinking of going off into the back country.
Use the following as a guideline of other kit to bring along:
- Gortex Or Waterproof Jacket And Trousers
- Mid Layers And A Couple Of Warm Fleeces
- Complete Set Of Thermal Base Layers
- Warm Ski Socks And A Couple Of Pairs Of Gloves, Wooly Hat And Balaclava
- Crash Helmet (Optional But Recommended)
- Goggles, Sun Glasses And Sun Tan Cream!
- GPS Is Recommended Especially If You Are Planning Heading Back Country And Away From Base Camp.
- Hip Flask (Very Useful)
- Sleeping Bag And Pillow Case
Kex Hostel (Reykjavik) is an ultra-cool hostel near the waterfront, where you will stay for the night before your adventure begins. Kex started life as a biscuit factory, and has quickly become one of the world's hippest destinations, featuring great music, great food, and great micro brewery beers. We'll arrange for the crew to share a dorm together (or if you prefer, you can have your own room for a small surcharge). Either way, it won't really matter, as once you're out on the town, your sleeping arrangements will be the last thing on your mind! When we get back, after a spectacular week of snow-kiting, Kex makes for a great base from which to explorer a little more of Iceland. Ask us if you would to arrange a couple of extra nights and spend a little time luxuriating in the Blue Lagoon, or whale watching in the bay. The Cabins (Husafell): Once we leave the comforts of Reykjavik in our 4x4 convey, we head North and a little West, passing through Borgarnes, where we can stock up on a few necessities, on our way to Husafell. Nestled on a lava plain 30 off-road minutes from Langjokull, Husafell is home to a small community and a collection of privately owned luxury cabins that will be our home for the week. All our cabins are geo-thermally heated, providing unlimited heating and hot water. Each has a cosy lounge making for relaxed evenings and an outdoor hot-tub, perfect to sooth weary muscles after a spectacular day's riding on the glacier. Prices have slightly gone up since last year due to higher bill from Hotel Husafell but we are getting great quality food and good service!
Kex Hostel (Reykjavik), The Cabins (Husafell)
We have two/three cosy cabins for our stay in Husafell, these are about a 25 min off road drive to the Langjökul glacier and situated only a 5 min walk to the Hotel Husafell where we will eat each morning and night. The cabins are almost side by side and each has its own geothermal hot tub.
Your Host: Max
Max is your host for this tours and will take care of everything during your trip. Furthermore the host knows everything about this trip and will provide you will all information needed.