Join me for an amazing week of ski touring in the Troll Peninsula!
Our base will be a comfy country lodge run by a family, in the heart of the best ski terrains of the Troll Peninsula.
The site of the lodge has been continually inhabited by Icelandic sheep farmers since the colonization of the country in the late eighth century. Indeed, the current owners can trace their lineage back to the time of the first viking settlers.
The terrain has many options of slopes and mountains for every level. Whether you like steep couloirs or you seek for vast open slopes, you’ll find it here. There is so much to explore, it could take us a lifetime to see it all!
And in the end of the day, our tired feet will find comfort in the geothermal baths. In addition, it will be an opportunity to meet the locals, who are regular visitors of the baths.
You will have the chance to ski a peak at midnight, under the light of the Midnight sun. A unique experience is to watch your altimeter at 0 while skiing and reaching a black sand volcanic beach. And in addition, the cuisine is exquisite: the fish and lamb, local and organic, are a wonderful base for our meals.
I propose to you the following program to enjoy this place to the fullest.
I will pick you up in Akureyri, northern Ireland’s capital, late in the afternoon. Then a 45 min transfer to Karlsá Lodge where we have a meet and greet. We have a welcome dinner, then go through the agenda for the week.
Today is the first ski day. We transfer directly to the northern most part of the Troll Peninsula to the lovely fishing village of Siglufjörður. We spend the morning on an avalanche transceiver and avalanche rescue training, then we start our traverse towards Hedinsfjord. Eventually we go over towards another small town called Olafsfjordur where our transport awaits us. We finish off the day in the geothermal pools in Dalvik before heading home for a big feast and well deserved rest.
The 30 min drive to Olafsfjordur in the morning is as scenic as they get with spectacular ocean views. Our goal today is to traverse over to Svarfaðardalur valley or the town of Dalvik depending on conditions. The scenery on this day is incredible as we ski right towards the wide open Arctic ocean.
This day is without doubt the most technical one with over 1500 m of climbing and some steep slopes to negotiate. But it is also one of the most spectacular as we tour over the highest peaks of the Troll Peninsula.
We put our skis on outside our family run lodge Klæengsholl and start our longest single climb of the traverse up towards the peak of Dyjafjallshnjukur. From there we descend south towards the broad valley of Hörgárdalur where dozens of pretty farms dot the landscape. After a soak in the local geothermal baths we transfer back to our base.
Our last day of the Haute Route takes us to the town of Akureyri after traversing the great expanse of Vindheimajökull Glacier (or Home of the Winds glacier as it would translate to in Icelandic). The trip ends in Akureyri where you can either relax for the night and enjoy the town or catch a flight back to Reykjavik.
Extra day or weather day. In the early season on the Troll Peninsula, bad weather can happen and therefore I have allotted a spare day for weather to maximize our chances of finishing the traverse.
If the weather cooperates for the duration of the tour, we will be rewarded by an extra day of great ski mountaineering in the vicinity of the Lodge.
What do you say? Are you tempted by this unique trip? Then please contact me, I would love guiding you in the Haute Route of the Trolls!
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport during the trip
- Group equipment
Accommodation in double or triple rooms with shared bathrooms for 6 nights.
Included: entry fees to geothermal baths, use of emergency equipment and communications, rental of glacier travel gear (ropes, harness, crampons).
Ski boots in the plane: please have your ski boots in carry on baggage during your flights to Iceland. If your skis get temporarily lost I can provide rental gear. I can offer some equipment for rent, please contact us for information and availability.
Equipment: wind and waterproof shell jacket (Gore Tex or equivalent), wind and waterproof pants (Gore Tex or equivalent), base layer (wool or synthetic), ski pants, jacket (Soft shell, fleece), light down or fiber jacket, hat, gloves (2 pairs), ski socks, backpack 30-45 liters (With ski attachments), thermos or water bottle (1-2 liters), sunglasses, ski goggles, sun and lip cream, ski touring skis, telemark or split board, skins and ski crampons (ski crampons are not optional), ski poles, avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel, bathing suit for geothermal baths, small first aid kit with personal medications, blister kit etc, camera.
In Akureyri, the capital of northern Iceland.