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FAQ

How are the snow conditions?

Prepare for a variety of snow conditions. You could at any time be skiing fresh powder, the famous Icelandic spring corn snow or fresh and light backcountry snow.

How do I get to Iceland?

Iceland is closer than you think with many regular flights arriving to Keflavik International Airport from all over the world. Average flight times are between three to four hours from most Western European cities and five to seven hours from North America. All inbound international flights land at Keflavik International Airport with the two main airline carriers being Icelandair and WOW Airlines. However, other airlines, such as Easy jet, SAS and Delta also fly into Iceland. Onward flights to northern Iceland depart from Reykjavik Domestic Airport.

How do I get from the International airport to Reykjavik Domestic Airport?

When you arrive in Keflavik International Airport you can either be picked up by a private Scandic shuttle (upon request) or simply take a taxi straight to the domestic airport in Reykjavik. As well, there is scheduled bus transportation between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik. This trip takes approximately 40-60 minutes.

How do I book the domestic flight?

Air Iceland flies direct from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Akureyri Airport, closest to Scandic Guides. There are five flights daily between Reykjavik and Akureyri and you will find all information about flight times on airicelandconnect.is

How do I get to Siglo hotel and Scandic Grytubakki Lodge?

Our staff will pick you up in Akureyri Domestic Airport and drive you to our Siglo Hotel or Scandic Ski touring Lodge. Then it’s also possible to rent a car at the International Airport in Keflavik and drive to Siglo Hotel and this spectacular drive takes approx. 5 hours.

How significant is the avalanche danger?

There is always some avalanche danger in the mountains. In backcountry skiing, the most important rule is to respect nature and adapt to its conditions. This is why we use only expert professional guides who constantly analyze the snowpack to make decisions that ensure the safety of our guests.

What about Avalanche Safety Gear?

Each Guest shall use a high quality transceiver and carry a shovel and a probe in his pack. You can either use your own gear or rent it at Scandic. Your safety and comfort remain our primary concern.

How old do I have to be to book a trip with Scandic Guides?

All participants under 18 years must have written documents from parents or a legal guardian that allow them to attend a booked tour and that their participation is in accordance with Scandic Guides terms and conditions.

Do I bring my own ski/snowboard gear?

Guests can bring their own gear but Scandic Guides has a wide range of K2 skis and poles for rent. Please see our Equipment page for the rental gear. Please note that Guests must bring their own boots and to avoid surprises we recommend that the boots have been used before arrival.

How do I make a reservation?

On our website you will find various options available. Once you have chosen a suitable package, simply press ‘‘Submit Request” and we will respond as soon as possible about availability. If the package dates don’t fit your schedule, please do not hesitate to email directly at info@scandicguides.com or call us on: (+354) 846-1674.

What about insurance?

We recommend that you purchase insurance to cover trip cancellation, property losses and personal injury and medi-evacuation prior to your Scandic Guides holiday. We recommend World Nomads and also Global Rescue for US residents.

When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?

The best time to see the Northern Lights is from beginning of March to mid-April.

What do we do if the weather is inclement?

If the weather is bad and it is unsafe to go skiing, Scandic Guides offers the most exciting non-ski activities in Iceland. From whale watching, to sea angling, to riding iconic Icelandic horses, to swimming in natural hot springs, we are surrounded by Iceland’s natural wonders and never short on things to experience.

What should I wear and bring with me?

We recommend the following gear:

  • A pair of ski boots that fit well (not brand new)
  • Water proof or water resistant outerwear (something that you can put layers underneath)
  • 2 pairs of ski gloves or mittens
  • 2 hats (one for colder days and one for warmer days)
  • Synthetic long underwear (tops and bottoms)
  • A backpack 30-50 liters
  • Water bottles
  • Ski socks (2-3 pairs)
  • A windstopper vest or a jacket (ideal for lunchtime)
  • A light fleece jacket (ideal for layering)
  • Sunscreen and Lip Protection
  • Sun glasses
  • Ski goggles
  • Skis/split board with touring bindings, skins and ski poles
  • Crampons
  • An avalanche transceiver, a probe and a shovel
  • A camera/video/GoPro
  • A compact down jacket
  • Swimsuits
  • Casual clothes to wear during the stay at the Lodge
  • Please contact us in advance if you wish to rent skis, skins or ski poles. We offer high quality K2 gear for our guests to rent at a low price.