Backcountry skitouring in Northern Iceland

Bergmenn Mountain Guides, seven day backcountry skitouring on the Troll Peninsula in Northern Iceland staying at Karlsá Ski Touring Lodge

Troll Peninsula - World Class 6 day Ski Tour

Price

  • Adult 320.000.- kr.
Total 0.- kr.

Skiing all the way down to the ocean in Iceland

For the last thirty years Jökull Bergmann the founder of Bergmenn Mountain Guides and Iceland's only Internationally certified Mountain Guide has been exploring the mountains of the Troll Peninsula bringing its splendor to the attention of the world. Born and raised in these mountains as a young shepherd to his grandfathers flock of rugged Icelandic mountain sheep his vision and hard work has now placed the Troll Peninsula on the world map of ski touring and deservedly so.

We will base out of our very own Karlsá Lodge in the middle of the best ski terrain that the Troll Peninsula has to offer. Karlsá Lodge is the only ski in ski out ski touring lodge on the Troll Peninsula and is located on the spectacular East coast of the peninsula, overlooking the Eyja Fjord and the spectacular Gold coast of the Hidden Land on the other side. Karlsá Lodge is a luxurious base for ski touring with its ocean view hot tub and Sauna and splendid in house chef specializing in hearty gourmet feasts of fresh local ingredients. Karlsá is without any doubt the pinnacle of ski touring lodging options in the North of Iceland.

The skiing area offers a great variety of mountains and slopes for every level of skier, from those who seek steep couloirs to those who like to let her loose on the big open slopes. The choice is endless and one could easily spend a lifetime exploring the peaks and valleys of the region. After each day of skiing we might soak our weary but happy feet in one of the regions many geothermal baths and catch up on the local gossip as farmers and fishermen alike religiously attend their afternoon soak or simply relax in our own outdoor spa at Karlsá Lodge.

What makes this trip so very special?

  • The Troll Peninsula is a world class ski touring and ski mountaineering destination
  • Bergmenn Mountain Guides are Iceland's only company owned and operated by an internationally certified Mountain Guide and the founders of ski touring on the Troll Peninsula over 20 years ago.
  • The possibility of skiing a peak at midnight basking in the rays of the Midnight sun in the late season
  • Northern lights in the early season
  • Skiing all the way down to the ocean, watching your altimeter drop to 0 as you take your last turn on to a black volcanic sand beach
  • The cultural experience; meet the people who live in this remote region bordering the arctic circle.
  • Staying at Karlsá Lodge the finest ski touring base in Iceland situated at exactly at 66 degrees North
  • Experience the exquisite local cuisine specializing in organic fish and lamb prepared by our in house chef
  • Ski with Iceland's only certified mountain guides in their home region, guides that not only will keep you safer but also who know all the secret spots that only the local experts would know.
  • Bathing in Geothermal pools at the end of each day or relaxing in the Lodge hot tub or Sauna overlooking the Arctic Ocean.
  • The option of doing a heli drop on one or more of the days to access virgin slopes and areas where no other touring groups are able to go and get some extra vertical in.
  • Extensive choice of great activities for bad weather days including cultural visits, whale watching, sea angling, hot springs, lava fields, geothermal areas, fat biking, Brewery tours, Beer Spa!, horseback riding and the list goes on.
 

Included in price

  • Transportation between Akureyri and Karlsá lodge
  • Transportation in 4x4 vehicles for the duration of the trip
  • All food from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 7 (Breakfast buffet, packed lunch, apré ski snacks and three course dinners prepared by our Lodge Chef)
  • Accommodation in double rooms with shared bathrooms for 6 nights
  • Entry fees to geothermal baths
  • The services of a certified ski guide for the duration of the trip (Beware of local companies using uncertified ski guides)
  • Use of emergency equipment and communications
 

Not included in price

  • Transportation between Reykjavik and Akureyri before and after trip 
  • Equipment rental
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Helicopter drops for touring
  • Gratuities

A typical day-to-day program for a week long trip

 

Day 1

Pick up in Akureyri the capital of northern Iceland in the late afternoon followed by a 40 min transfer to our Karlsá Lodge for a meet and greet. Welcome dinner is served and we go over the week's agenda.
 

Day 2

Our first day of skiing above Karlsá Lodge. The morning is spent on detailed avalanche transceiver and avalanche rescue training, followed by our first peak of many. Our average daily vertical ranges from 1000-2000 meters depending on the group. For those that want more we can go until your legs say stop, for here the night is no excuse as the midnight sun barely touches the ocean before it rises again.
 

Day 3

Skiing the peaks above the small fishing village of Dalvik allows us the rare pleasure of sitting in the local geothermal baths and admiring our perfect tracks on the surrounding peaks. Dalvik is the home of some of Iceland's most accomplished skiers and it is no wonder considering the terrain they grew up in.
 

Day 4

Gljúfurárjökull glacier is one of the areas many alpine valley bottom glaciers and one of the best wide open ski slopes to be found on the Troll Peninsula. Situated at the center of the region we will enjoy great views of a large portion of the peninsula. Here you get the real sensation of being in the middle of the arctic with glaciers and snow covered peaks surrounding you wherever you look.
 

Day 5 - 6

Skiing the "Secret cirques" Our guides are the only ones that know the Troll Peninsula by heart and they will take you to places that have never seen skiers before. Set your tracks down a slope that no one has ever skied. Every week our guides take the opportunity to visit new places giving you a real sense of exploration and achievement.
 

Day 7

This is our last ski day, and of course we have saved the best for last. After another great day we say our good byes and head home with the memory of a unique ski touring holiday and already have our plans for future adventures falling into place. Thank you for your visit.
 
Equipment list for ski touring on the Troll Peninsula
 
- 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
 
Please have your ski boots in carry on baggage during your flights to Iceland. If your skis get temporarily lost we can provide excellent rental gear. If you choose not to bring your own equipment please contact us for information and availability of our rental gear.
 

Bergmenn Mountain Guides

Box 88 - 620 Dalvík
ICELAND
Tel +354 858 3000
info@bergmenn.com 

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