A mixture of oral and poster sessions, interlaced with free time, forms the general framework of the symposium, which is intended to facilitate exchange of scientific information between participants in an informal manner.
Symposium tour – April 5th
Protection measures in Siglufjörður and Ólafsfjörður, avalanche paths in Svarfaðardalur valley
The plan for the symposium tour is subject to changes due to the weather.
Dress appropriately: Hiking boots, rain gear and warm clothes are recommended.
We gather at 09:00 in the conference room at Sigló Hotel for an approx. 20 min. introduction about avalanche history, avalanche hazard and mitigation measures in the area around Siglufjörður. We then walk up to the catching dams above town center, approx. 850 m. We will see potential starting areas for avalanches where 4.5 km of supporting structures have been installed since the turn of the century. From there we hike along a path on top a series of catching dams that have been constructed above the entire town. The walk will end at the oldest mitigation dams in the mountainside above the southern part of the town, the deflecting dams Stóri Boli and Litli Boli.
Lunch will be served in Sigló hotel after the hike.
The afternoon will entail a bus excursion of mitigation easures and avalanche history from Siglufjörður, through the desolated fjord Héðinsfjörður and the towns Ólafsfjörður and Dalvík to Svarfaðardalur valley, at the heart of the Tröllaskagi Peninsula mountain range. We will stop for coffee in at Dalvík before heading back to Siglufjörður. The buses will arrive in Siglufjörður around 17:00.
Mitigation measures and avalanche history on the way include large avalanche paths in Héðinsfjörður and a deflecting dam above a retirement home in Ólafsfjörður. The avalanche-prone road between Ólafsfjörður and Dalvík, with steel sheet piles under some avalanche paths for protection against small avalanches at Sauðanes and paths of some very large avalanches in Skeggjabrekkudalur and Svarfaðardalur valleys.
Ski mountaineering tour – April 6th
A ski mountaineering tour will be arranged on April 6 th if weather and snow conditions are acceptable starting at 09:00 at the Sigló Hotel. The tour will take place on the Tröllaskagi peninsula, the exact location will depend on weather and snow conditions.
Preliminary plan 1, Siglufjörður
Bus ride to so called “Dalaleið” up to “Lambadalir” and then we will head north above “Nautaskál” gully and to the “Strengsgil” ravine. There we can look at the starting zones above Stóri Boli and Litli Boli deflecting dams. We will continue further north to the rim above “Fífladalir”. There we will have a look at the test site for supporting structures from 1996 in the gully “Grindagil”. From there is a short distance to new supporting structures in Hafnarhyrna and afterwards we can ski down to
catching dams and from there walk to the hotel in town center. Distance; approx. 4 km.
Preliminary plan 2. Héðinsfjörður.
Approx. 15–20 min bus ride to the sightseeing site or parking at the tidal lake in Héðinsfjörður. From there we will walk to “Vatnsendaskál” and up to the rim if snow and weather conditions allow.
In 2004, a catstrophic avalanche was released from Vatnsendaskál and destroyed a summerhouse which was built by the deserted farm Vatnsendi and spread the ruins over the frozen lake Héðinsfjarðarvatn.
Transportation will be organized from the Sigló Hótel at 9:00h in the morning and the planned return is at 16:00h.
Skiing equipment will be available for participants. Please note that you have to bring your own ski boots. Dress appropriately.