6-day alpine ski touring in Tröllaskagi - a popular winter activity!
Skiing in Iceland is a whole new experience and the Troll peninsula, or Tröllaskagi, in North Iceland has become world-renowned for its back country skiing and ski mountaineering. The region’s uniqueness comes from the fact that it offers long runs from mountain tops to the ocean below and a good snowpack lasting well into into spring.
On this tour we will stay at the Sigló hotel, a new comfortable tradition style hotel situated right by the fisherman’s marina in the town of Siglufjörður. It is the perfect place to relax after a day of fabulous skiing in the surrounding mountains, offering a great restaurant and an outside hot tub.
Our days will be spent touring the mountains of the area and in the evenings we will check if the northern lights are out. The possibilities for skiing here are endless, and every day there are new summits, valleys and open slopes for our ski touring adventure. We will keep the daily difficulty as moderate with 800 m ascents, but offer optional ski touring possibilities for those who like more skiing.
Alpine ski touring: 3 -7 hours per day
Elevation: 0 -1200 meters (0-3940 feet)
Maximum accumulated ascent: 800 - 1200 m (2635-3950 feet)
Day 1: Akureyri - Siglufjörður
We start with an early morning, 45 minute flight from Reykjavik domestic airport to Akureyri. The flight only takes 45 minutes with beautiful aerial views over the central highlands. From the airport, we head out to Siglufjörður, a small picturesque fishing town 77 km north of Akureyri and the setting of the mystery television series Trapped. Our basecamp will be the comfortable Sigló Hotel located at the pier, on the water. We get settled at our hotel and head out for the first skiing experience in the afternoon. In the evening, we return to hotel to get ready for a welcome dinner.
Driving: 2 hrs. Skiing: 3 hrs. Ascent/Descent: 600-700 m (1970-2300 ft.)
Day 2: Héðinsfjörður the uninhabited fjord
A short drive takes us to the once inhabited and now abandoned Héðinsfjörður. We will enjoy the scenery and hear the stories about how the local people gave up settling this narrow fjord, offering insights into Iceland's history. Our aim is to walk up to the Vatnsendahnjúkur where we can enjoy the view down this narrow fjord before we descent the perfectly angled slopes. As in the other days of this ski journey we will keep our days at a moderate difficulty. After a short rest, the guide is offering all those who are interested to have additional skiing.
Driving: 0,5 – 1hr. Skiing: 5 hrs. Ascent/Descent: 800-900 m (2625-2950 ft.)
Day 3: Dalvík and the neighboring valleys
Today, we head to the village of Dalvík. This is a small, quaint, typical Icelandic fishing village with beautiful views across the fjord with snowy, jagged peaks on the other side. The backyard of the town offers good ski slopes and after an enjoyable day of skiing, we will visit the local swimming pool before heading back to our hotel.
Driving: 1 hr. Skiing: 5 hrs. Ascent/Descent: 900-1000 m (2625-3280 ft.)
Day 4: High peaks and ocean view
There are no shortage of high peaks or ski slopes on the Troll Peninsula. We are aiming for dramatic viewpoints where we can see the sea from all sides. After the first descent of the day we will put the skis on again and make another mountain pass crossing before we ski to the sea.
Driving: 1 hr. Skiing: 5-6 hrs. Ascent/Descent: 900-1000 m (2625-3280 ft.)
Day 5: Jumping from one fjord to another
At the bottom of the valley are good ski slopes and nice peaks. In the morning we cross the tunnel into the nearby Héðinsfjorður and from there we make the ascent to our peak. When we come to the top, we should have a good view down to Siglufjörður where we ski all the way down. After lunch, there are options of visiting the Herring museum located in the town and have a relaxed afternoon, or continue skiing for those who have not had enough. For the afternoon skiing we will use the lift at the local ski area to get access to the backcountry. We are aiming for descending towards the sea and come down in the next valley from there are short drive back to the hotel.
Driving: 1 hr. Skiing: 5 hrs. Ascent/decent: 800 m. (option to do more: Ascent: 200 m/descent 800 m)
Day 6: Eyjafjörður - Akureyri - Reykjavík
Today we leave with all our luggage. We keep the outdoor clothing on and go for one last ski run on our way to Akureyri. In the afternoon we take the 45 min flight back to Reykjavik domestic airport where our tour ends.
Driving: 2 hrs. Skiing: 3 hrs. Ascent/Descent: 600-800 m (1970-2625 ft.)
***Please note that the itineraries described can change. Final decision on which routes will be skied each day is in the hands of the guide, and is based on snow conditions, avalanche danger etc. There are abundant possibilities for skiing in the area.
Please note that we need a minimum of 6 passengers to be able to confirm the departure.
Not Included: Dinner from day 2 - 6, accommodation in Reykjavik.
Overnight gear: The style of accommodations varies between different IMG tours. Consider the following: