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Skiing in Iceland: Here I Come

Skiing in Iceland: Here I Come

[ April 13, 2010 - 12:37pm ]
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Dek: 
Is there skiing in Iceland? Yes. How good is it? I have no clue, but I'm about to find out. I'm boarding a flight to Reykjavík, Iceland's capital city, to climb and ski some of the island's biggest volcanoes. Hopefully none of them erupt while we're skiing them. Check back for more updates.

I'm waiting to board a flight to Reykjavík, Iceland's capital city. I'm with three fellow U.S. journalists and some folks from Black Diamond Equipment, who are providing us with gear to test for this trip. Our mission: To climb and ski some of the biggest volcanoes in Iceland. My bags are stuffed with all the latest ski-touring gear from Black Diamond: lightweight skis, AT boots and bindings, crampons, an ice ax, shovel, probe, head lamp, couloir harness, and more.

Is there skiing in Iceland? Yes. Is it good? I have no idea, but I'm about to find out. We'll spend six days touring on glaciated terrain and descending from some of the highest points on the island. Our guides at Icelandic MountainGuides promise us an adventure. Here's what they wrote in our itinerary: "The objective is Iceland’s most famous Volcano Hekla, 1.491m above sea level. Hekla is the volcano that erupts the most frequently in Iceland, on average every 10 years. The last eruption was in February 2000. Having skis on is great as it guarantees a fast retreat if the volcano blows." Mental note: Wax my skis before attempting this.

Since Iceland sits on a massive volcanic hot spot in the Atlantic Ocean, there a lot of volcanos. And they tend to erupt. A few weeks ago, the Eyjafjallajokull (AYA-feeyapla-yurkul) volcano erupted after being dormant for nearly 200 years. Some 500 people were evacuated from their homes.

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