Heli-Lodges in Troll Peninsula
The Troll Peninsula is the next frontier for heli-skiing on all accounts. Life in this remote, virgin land is completely unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. Although lesser in height than it’s European counterparts, the snow in this arctic region is more compact, untouched and exciting than you could imagine. The fact that Iceland is only a few hours flight away from all major cities on both sides of the Atlantic gives you an opportunity for a quick heli ski get away with no jet lag and the minimum of precious days off.
Great for first timers
Icelandic spring corn snow
Troll Peninsula Ski Overview
This part of the country, the Tröllaskagi or Troll Peninsula, in the far north, is by all accounts the next frontier for heli-skiing. Though the mountains aren’t especially high, the snow is excellent and you can get airlifted to any spot you like and ski all the way down to the water’s edge. There’s a good chance nobody else will have ever done so before you.
The potential for world class downhill skiing is mind blowing with thousands of slopes and peaks waiting for their first descent with vertical descents of up to almost 5000ft. Boasting over 1500 square miles of breathtaking Arctic mountains with terrain that suits every skiers ability be it extreme couloirs or wide open glaciers. Its unique position just below the Arctic Circle, with the mountains rising straight out of the sea, allows for a skiing experience of a lifetime, skiing all the way down to the ocean, all whilst basking in the rays of the Midnight Sun. It gives the concept of night skiing a whole new meaning.
The season starts late February but lasts with generally excellent corn skiing and the occasional powder dump until the end of June. The fact that the Troll Peninsula is surrounded by the Arctic Ocean makes for incredible opportunities for skiing right down to the ocean on stable coastal snowpack but also adds the excitement of Arctic weather and conditions. Throw in a mix of volcanic activity, hot springs, lava fields and a unique culture and you will find that Iceland is a true adventure skiing destination.
* 45 minute flight from Keflavik International Airport
* Vertical drop up to 1500m
* Best time for northern lights: mid March – mid Arpil
* Private and semi-private tours
Ólafsfjörður offers ideal conditions for winter sports. The neighbouring mountains and valleys offer excellent terrain for snowmobile touring and cross-country, as well as snowcat skiing.
A family run business, Arctic Freeride provides cross-country skiing and snow cat skiing. Using a custom build cab for the snow cat, they are locals who know the mountain well. Given the amount of sunlight, tours can begin throughout the day. The cost is per run, so if the snow is not great or you just get burnt out from the wonderful skiing, you can stop.
Snow Cat Skiing
Arctic Freeride specializes in snowcat trips in the North part of Iceland. Our headquarters are located in Olafsfjorður and the mountain Mulakolla is our main catskiing area, a world class skiing area with many slopes. During the sightseeing tours guests are driven to the top of the mountain Mulakolla and from there you can enjoy the amazing view of Olafsfjorður, Trollaskagi, Eyjafjorður, Hrisey, Grimsey and The Atlantic Ocean.
Whale Watching & Fishing
Another popular activity is whale watching, with the potential to spot Humpbacks, Minkes, dolphins, as well as some arctic fishing (with BBQs to follow).
Snowmobile Adventur Tours offer magnificent experiences and views from the mountains, with the potential for multi-day trips to sleep in a tent in the snow mountains and even see the northern lights.
Things are best kept simple in Iceland. The town has only one basic restaurant in town - so stick to chalet catering generally, with a visit to the quaint family run restautant in Dalvik
Gisli, Eirikur, Helgi, kaffihus BakkabraedraIcelandic, Scandinavian, Cafe
Head to Dalvik for the more traditional eatery ‘Gisli, Eirikur, Helgi, kaffihus Bakkabraedra’ for a warm welcome and local specialities.
Although this destination is ideal for adults, the Troll offers plenty of activities for non-skiers and kids, who can ride horses, take wildlife and cultural excursions, play laser tag hiking or snow-shoeing. Another popular choice are the horse tours in Northern Iceland. Children can get to know the nature, the horses and the culture.
Ólafsfjördur town has a 25 m outdoor swimming pool, 2 hot tubs, a swimming pool slide, a wade pool with mushroom waterfalls, a sitz bath and a gym, ideal for families and young children too.