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Austurland Freeride Festival

The Austurland Freeride Festival is a new backcountry ski and splitboard event in Austurland, the eastern region of Iceland. Occurring this year from 28 February through 1 March, this festival will allow you to enjoy beautiful Austurland scenery, while assisted by experienced local guides.

A variety of cultural events such as concerts will be offered simultaneously, and visitors will have chances to try out local cuisine.

 Two-day main event (for experienced skiers only): 

•     Two mountain passes: Skiers start this day by one fjord, cross two mountain passes at altitudes of over 800 metres, and finish the day in another fjord.

•     The summit: Having used their equipment to reach a backcountry peak 1,000 metres above sea level, participants then ski down.

 Beginner course for backcountry skinning and splitboarding:

•     Avalanche course covering alpine hazards and responses.

•     Introduction to skinning and splitboarding.

•     Final day:  Skiers take the Oddskarð lift, then skin farther up with experienced guides before skiing down.


Towns & Villages

Each town in Austurland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages t, the influence of North European neighbors obvious to everyone. 

The French made a strong impact in Fáskrúðsfjörður where the road signs are made out in French as well as in Icelandic. Norwegian influence is easily detected in the Eskifjörður and Seydisfjörður architecture. No such roots are to be seen in Egilsstadir which is the latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

Map Vopnafjörður Borgarfjörður Eystri Egilsstaðir Seyðisfjörður Mjóifjörður Neskaupstaður Breiðdalsvík Eskifjörður Reyðarfjörður Fáskrúðsfjörður Stöðvarfjörður Djúpivogur