5km course

 

In a nutshell:
The first kilometer is a gentle loop around the start area and serves well as a light warm-up before a long, tough climb up to the highest point of the course. From then on, the course is fairly easy. Beginners should be cautious as the descend back towards the finish area can be very fast.

Start:    290 m.a.s.
Highest point:  372 m.a.s.(Háabrún)
Elevation:    82 m
Longest climb:: 44 m
Total climb:   121 m

 

The course:
You start from the ski house at Seljalandsdalur like all the other distances. The first kilometer is an easy loop around the start area before you come to a steep and difficult climb up to Háabrún, the highest and most picturesque point of the course. The view from there over the fjord Skutulsfjörður is stunning and ideal to take a photo or two if you´re not too much in a hurry. Now that the climb is over, you can really enjoy the remaining three km or so. You ski towards the ski lift at Mt. Sandfell, make a U-turn and follow the course right under the mountain until you enter the plateau called Eiríksmýri. There, yet again, you make a U-turn and start preparing for the descend back towards the finish line. Beginners should be cautious on their way back down.