Clothing is dependent on the season, so pick and choose accordingly. In the summer months you will probably find yourself getting too warm rather than too cold, although you will rapidly cool as soon as you stop, and waterproof gear is still essential. Winters can bring bitterly cold winds and being caught short with inadequate clothing could put an immediate dampener on your fun – so beware, and always remember that it is better to come with too much rather than too little when it comes to clothing
- Thermal leggings
- Gortex trousers or salopettes
- Thermal base layer
- Additional fleece
- Goretex shell jacket with hood
- Gloves - the best option with gloves is to have a thin under glove and a good quality waterproof insulating glove or mitten. Things like lines and harnesses can be hard to adjust when your wearing larger gloves, but your hands will still require insulation.
- Balaclava – optional but a good idea if you really feel the cold
- Thick socks & a wooly hat
- Suntan Lotion – we recommend at least factor 30
- Sunglasses – the best are the wrap-around type with a good UV rating
- Spare sunglasses – highly recommended, if your first pair are lost or damaged you would not last a day on the glacier without them!
If you plan to be kiting for greater distances we would strongly recommend bringing some form of navigation, whiteouts occur very quickly and without warning – it is very easy to become lost and disorientated.
- GPS – this is also very good for comparing top speeds/distance travelled!
- Compass – handy if you don't have a GPS, or as a backup.
- Walkie-talkies – very useful for staying in touch.
BEDDING (Iceland only)
Duvets and pillow are provided, but please bring a light, single duvet cover, a sheet and a pillow case.
4 line harnessed kites are recommended in preference to smaller handheld 2 line kites . A whole week spent holding on to a kite with only your arms can spell very sore shoulders!
Many manufacturers supply snowkiting specific foil kites, for instance the Ozone Frenzy and the Flexifoil Sabre. These foil kites are perfectly suited to snow due to the ease of relaunching them, and the small size that they pack down to for carrying in a rucksack. The best all round size is around 10m, with a 7m kite occasional needed for higher winds.
Snowkiter have a limited number of kites, available for hire by previous arrangement.
Other kites suitable for the snow: Arc kites such as those supplied by Peter Lynn make fantastic and extremely safe snowkites. Inflatable ‘ C ' Kites and bows, commonly used for kitesurfing, can be, and are, used for snowkiting. Be aware of their limitation however, especially when it comes to trying to relaunch without assistance.
You are recommended to bring at least two kites:
- All round kite: 10m foil or 14m inflatable
- High wind kite: 7m foil or 10m inflatable
Bring spare kite lines if you can, there are no kite shops in the entire country!
SKIS AND SNOWBOARDS
Skis and snowboards are both equally suitable for snowkiting, and exponents of each sport will vouch for the relative benefits of both. The only real rule is simply to use what you ' re comfortable with.
Normal downhill skis and snowboards are used for snowkiting. Some specialist equipment is available, and in an ideal world you will want to use a fairly stiff and wide snowboard, but in no way is this deemed necessary in order to enjoy the sport.
Skis and snowboards are all available for hire in Reykjavik. However, we always recommend borrowing or purchasing second hand if you have the opportunity. Our tours run during the summer, giving you the opportunity to purchase some real bargains at the end of the normal season!
Unless you are snowkiting in extreme conditions or close to obstacle then snowkiting remains a relatively safe sport. Soft powder snow usually ensures a soft fall, especially in comparison to the hard packed snow of many ski resorts. Helmets are recommended. Wrist guards are not required as you hands will be on the kites bar (hopefully!)
- Helmet (optional)
- Knee pads (optional)
- Impact vest (optional)
Other stuff you might think about bringing:
- CD's – there is a stereo in the cabin
- Hip flask – handy for cold days!
- Life insurance is always handy if you love extreme sports:
- Life Insurance