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Iceland 2012-2013

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Well it's cooled down from summer now and we've just got the first proper snowfall today so I guess the next season is slowly getting underway. snowHead
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Actually I lie, on my walk into work this morning Esja the mountain range that is ever present on the Reykjavik skyline is covered in a light layer of snow down to about 600m. It's also hellaciously windy.
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http://www.webcam-hd.com/hlidarfjall.php

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meh, excellent. Some areas filling in already. I'd happily ski cover as thin as that, especially this early in the season. Little Angel
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Blimey! Practically down to sea level, it must be very cold up there at the minute. How unusual is snow mid Spetember in Iceland. Thursday will be very wild up there with the tail end of the hurricane sweeping over the island!!!
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This kind of weather is pretty unusual. Snow in September isn't that strange though, not usually on this scale and certainly not to sea level or in the coastal areas. Last year we got out into the first snow in late September. Inland it's much more common, hence all the glaciers and roads will be becoming impassable till next spring relatively soon. Seeing it down this far in the south west this early is unusual as well. Snow down to sea level happens all through winter though. Very Happy

It's been windy enough we've had:
- Waterfalls being blown back over the top of the falls.
- Roads being ripped up.
- Widespread electricity outages as pylons have been blown over.
- Lots of people trapped, including some people who are rounding up the last of the sheep from the mountains.

Yesterday in particular was super windy, the buffeting in my truck was something else.

It'll melt out though and already was on the nearby tops. Sad
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Just watching the devastation on the news now, digging up buried sheep dead and alive. There is a fair amount of snow up north!
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Still snowing oop north, particularly if you check out the webcam linked just above and can see snow on the tops in the distance from my office window. Will take a drive out this weekend and see how stuff is shaping up.
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Snow's melting back now pretty quickly but have been amusing myself in the meantime:
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Snow is back over about 700m, pictures to follow.
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Awesome, the other photos make it look nice and icy.
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meh wrote:
Snow's melting back now pretty quickly but have been amusing myself in the meantime:


You should sell that photo to Nissan for an advert.
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Well it's continuing to snow and melt, snow and melt. The North is more consistently cold and things are starting to improve at the ski area:
http://www.hlidarfjall.is/is/vefmyndavelar
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Some of the off-piste possibilities from one of the tiny ski areas near Reykjavik. Somehow I missed that there was something interesting looking that is a little walk from the top of the lifts.

http://www.opnumskalafell.is/shangri_la/#!prettyPhoto/4/

Topo wise this is due north of the Skálafell point:
http://ja.is/kort/#x=380857&y=417251&z=7
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Nom nom nom:
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I'm off on my honeymoon to iceland on the 30th. Is there any chance of lift served skiing anywhere in the counry if it belts it down with snow?
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mr_big_ad, no hope yet sorry. Sad

It's about to pelt down with snow up north though but I doubt it will be enough to get the lifts open unless they start snowmaking but most of the mountains above 1000m have snowy tops.
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meh: Mrs MA & I are always on the lookout for new places to ski and ski tour.....

We're easily pleased and have skied the likes of tiny (one lift) areas in Poland. Should we be adding Iceland to our list? How extensive are the ski areas (vertical/kms of piste) and are ski guides readily available for touring purposes (and if so, are they reasonably priced)?

Cheers.
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mountainaddict, of course you should. Iceland has a loooooooot of mountains and gets a fair bit of snow. There are a couple of small ski areas near Reykjavik which only have a tiny amount of vertical but quite a few lifts. The best is Hlíđarfjall up north which is also in the best area for touring, if you check this link you'll see it's sunny and there is fresh snow down to sea level right now:
http://www.hlidarfjall.is/is/vefmyndavelar

Still needs a bit more base at the moment!

Guiding wise I'd recommend these guys:
http://www.bergmenn.com/en

Or these guys:
http://boreaadventures.com
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we are doing a tour of the south coast, so probably wont be near any ski lifts. Sad
Glacier Jeeps can hopefully get us high enough to build a snowman! Very Happy
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mr_big_ad, I'd think so. Very Happy
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First snow of the year in downtown Reykjavik.
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Big snow heading Akureyri's way

http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Hlidarfjall/9day/top

145 cm up top

May have to look at flights.

Are the resorts up that way open meh?
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Not yet Mike, it's still a bit early, normal opening is the first of December, if there is a big dump they might well open up though and I know they've been snowmaking as well. There are always skins though. If you look here there is snow down low but it's only an inch or so right now (although you need to wait till daytime!) base higher up is okay:

http://www.hlidarfjall.is/is/vefmyndavelar

Couple more forecasts:

http://en.vedur.is/weather/forecasts/areas/northeast/#station=422
http://www.yr.no/sted/Island/Nor%C3%B0urland_Eystra/Akureyri/langtidsvarsel.html

Hopefully this cold snap and promised snowfall will stick around would be an excellent base to get things going.
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The pass before Akureyri looks like this right now.
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Might definitely be worth a drive up North after this dump. snowHead
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60 m/s gusts downtown. It is madness.

Snowing balls up north yet to be able to see the results though.
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All the snow is on the wrong side of the country! Which is okay because it's starting to get cold enough to snow here and isn't completely stormy. Will be driving up north to see whats what in a couple of weeks.
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This is a pretty good idea of what the skiing is like in the North:

http://youtube.com/v/H3CTDYwlR0A
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Looks fantastic.

Hopefully next spring.
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meh, Thinking of heading over in early April with >these guys< around the Fjords of the NW peninsular.

Haven't made my mind up, but will need to do so shortly so any views on the area/timing would be most welcome. Thanks, Geoff
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You'll be fine at that time of year and the area is awesome, some of the more remote bits of Iceland that are a bitch to get to in winter by land. If you're stopping in Reykjavik at all give me a shout.
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You'll be fine at that time of year and the area is awesome, some of the more remote bits of Iceland that are a bitch to get to in winter by land. If you're stopping in Reykjavik at all give me a shout.
Thanks for that - already putting the wheels into motion Toofy Grin
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Steadily dumping all over the place. Going out for an attempt at skiing somewhere on Saturday. Pics to follow failure or success. Very Happy
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Nearest ski area to Reykjavik is filling in nicely.
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Looking good!
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Got up early on my birthday to attempt some solo dawn skiing. Got beaten by the high winds. Sad

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Pretty much the best season start in years, sadly all of it up North at the moment. If you look at the webcam images above it's pure white down to sea level. Here's come photos from the Arctic Heli-Ski guys:
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151295441314238.484311.212095204237&type=1

Sadly the Game of Thrones guys are taking up all the hotel space otherwise I'd be up there this weekend! Am booked in up there the weekend after though.

They're also snow making at the nearby ski area so hopefully it won't be too long until I can get my mid-week after work night skiing going.
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