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, Northern lights, Spring corn snow, Non-Ski activities
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 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 breath-taking 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.
Prepare for different skiing conditions; fresh powder skiing, skiing in the stable spring corn snow, which is perfect for steep and extreme skiing and more exposed lines than you normally find where avalanches are more likely. Our vertical drop is up to 1500m or approximately 5000 ft. in the unbelievable Arctic mountains.
Hiking & Snowshoeing
With such spectacular scenery the Troll Peninsula is the home of numerous hiking routes, which can be enjoyed all year around. You should be able to find all levels of difficulties, from easy stroll in Svarfaðardalur Nature Reserve to hiking up some difficult mountaintops.
Visiting the islands Hrisey the pearl of Eyjafjordur or Grimsey the arctic island. Sightseeing is another possibility, seeing the fjord’s mountains or one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe, Hvanndalabjarg, 630 meters straight cliff from sea and up.
This is a must when visiting The Troll Peninsula. The picturesque landscape and sightings of whales is unbelievable. The magnificent humpback whale is actually seen most often or in over 90% of the tours. An average sighting of whales is at 98%. Other species one could see is minke whale, white beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises and occasionally blue whale, killer whale (orca), sei whale, bottlenose whale and sperm whale.
Sea Angling is fun for all ages and there is nothing more peaceful than being out on sea in good weather. The Troll Peninsula offers the right conditions with rich fishing grounds in Eyjafjordur, Olafsfjordur and Siglufjordur. Go out for sea angling in Trollaskagi with a fishing rod in hand and enjoy the beautiful scenery and leave Iceland feeling like a true pro.
The horses are still used to gather sheep in the fall and horseback riding is a popular sport and a hobby today. Unlike many other breeds the Icelandic horse has remained pure due to its isolation and has as such kept a variety of features that keep it unique and gained it worldwide praise.
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.
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 2 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.