Ski touring in Iceland is unlike any other place on Earth. Imagine skiing steep mountain terrain overlooking the ocean, experiencing the culture of a world-class ski and mountaineering destination and connecting with likeminded people as you escape from the daily grind. A quiet country guesthouse on the Troll Peninsula offers an incredible backdrop for this backcountry retreat, with easy access to a wide variety of terrain for every level of skier. Peaks, couloirs and wide open bowls are, quite literally, at your doorstep in this perfectly situated mountain oasis.
We will be based out of the comfortable country guesthouse Skeid, and start each day with a sunny yoga practice and a healthy breakfast: fuel for the body and soul. We spend each day touring the region on skis, from ocean shore to mountaintop – the possibilities are endless. After skiing, we nourish ourselves once again, in the form of yoga, delicious shared meals and a soak in one of the region’s many geothermal pools as the midnight sun shines on.
LOCATION: Troll Peninsula, Northern Iceland
DURATION: 7 days/ 6 nights
DATES: April 7-13, 2019
GUEST/ GUIDE RATIO: 1:7
DIFFICULTY: intermediate to expert skier, beginner ski touring
PRICE: €2190/ PERSON
What makes this trip special?
This is a unique ski tour in an idyllic setting; this retreat is about getting inspired and share it with other mountain people alike. Tune into yourself and get fully immersed with the Icelandic landscape and culture, where mountains meet the ocean just below the arctic circle. This is more than just a ski trip, its combining a holistic wellness approach with the backcountry experience and using the unique Icelandic nature as inspiration.
Late afternoon pick-up in Akureyri, the capital of northern Iceland, followed by a 50 minute transfer to our guesthouse for a meet and great. Welcome dinner is served and we go over the week’s agenda.
This is our first day of skiing. The morning is spent on detailed avalanche safety and rescue training, followed by our first of many peaks. Our average daily vertical ranges from 1000-2000m, depending on the group and conditions. For those that want more we can go until your legs say stop: lack of daylight is not a threat up here, as the midnight sun barely touches the ocean before it rises again.
Skiing above the small villages of the Troll Peninsula, and then sitting in the local geothermal baths, admiring our perfect tracks on the surrounding peaks. Throughout the week our guides take the opportunity to visit new places, giving us the grand tour of their incredible backyard, from glaciers to snow covered peaks, all without losing sight of the ocean below.
This is our last day. We leave this arctic paradise with renewed passion and gratitude for an adventure shared with new friends before we departure for Akureyri.
This retreat is designed for people with some ski experience. You should be comfortable skiing blue (intermediate) and black (advanced, expert) ski runs and have a good level of fitness. However, no backcountry skiing or yoga experience is needed.
Pickup and drop-off in Akureyri at the start and end of the trip
Transportation in 4x4 vehicles for the duration of the trip
All meals, from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 7
Accommodation in double or triple rooms with shared bathrooms for 6 nights
Guided ski tours by a certified ACMG guide
Avalanche awareness session on the first day
Instructed yoga classes every day by certified yoga teacher
Use of emergency equipment and communications
Restorative massages by massage therapist [extra cost]
WHATS NOT INCLUDED
Personal ski gear (ski touring boots, skis or split-board, skins)
Personal avalanche safety equipment (probe, shovel and transceiver)
Transportation to and from Akureyri, Iceland
Travel and personal accident insurance