West Fjord Avi Line

Steep ski tour in the western Fjords of Iceland

Ski Touring Difficult

Distance
8.5 km
Ascent
1 km
Descent
1.1 km
Duration
4-5 hrs
Low Point
223 m
High Point
806 m
Gradient
46˚
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Description

An excellent ski tour from the high mountain pass gravel summer road gives reliable snow cover until late in the season. Steep skinning over mountain cols lead to a compact high mountain bowl that has a great couloir at its head. Steep skiing in a remote area with ocean views from ridge tops.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

February, March, April, May

Features

  • Bowl
  • Couloir
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons

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