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 north 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).
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.
In Akureyri, the capital of northern Iceland.
Accommodation in double or triple rooms with shared bathrooms for 6 nights.
- 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 me for information and availability.
- Equipment: wind and waterproof shell jacket, wind and waterproof pants, base layer, ski pants, jacket, light down or fiber jacket, hat, gloves, ski socks, backpack 30-45L (With ski attachments), thermos or water bottle (1-2L), sunglasses, ski goggles, sun and lip cream, ski touring skis, telemark or split board, skins and ski crampons (not optional!), ski poles, avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel, bathing suit, small first aid kit, camera.
I'm Iceland's first and only IFMGA internationally certified mountain guide. I'm a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides ACMG with whom I finished my certification. I have climbed and skied extensively all over the world, and I lived and worked in both the European Alps and the mountains of Western Canada.
I have brought this wealth of diverse experiences to Iceland and the Arctic North where I have to my name over a hundred first ascents and descents in Iceland and Greenland.
My love of the mountains grew from an early age working as a shepherd on my grandparent's farm on the Troll Peninsula in Northern Iceland. Or maybe it had something to do with my name, which in English would translate directly to Glacier Mountain man.
If you want to discover this beautiful country, please get in touch with me and let's leave together for incredible adventure!
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