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Just below the Arctic circle lies Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjörður, home of the capital of northern Iceland, Akureyri. Surrounded by numerous summits ranging from 1200 to 1500 m (4000-4900 feet), Eyjafjörður offers a great number of interesting descents and is an ideal location for a scenic fjord tour. Most of our time will be spent on the west side of the fjord, on the peninsula of Tröllaskagi (Peninsula of the Trolls), but we will also visit the peaks of the east side. The high northern location of these mountains will assure a good quantity of snow and the view of the neighboring mountains and down to the deep blue fjord is both magnificent and surreal. In the late afternoon, local swimming pools, that sometimes look more like a spa (heated with the geothermal hot water), are a welcoming place to relax after a day of skiing from a mountain summit to the ocean. Lodgings in a country guesthouse.
Walking/Alpine Skiing: 3-8 hours day.
Elevation: 250 -1500 meters (850-4900 feet)
Maximum ascent: 1500 m (5000 feet).
Total distance: 63 kilometers (40 miles)
Skiing in Iceland is a whole new experience and the Troll peninsula, or Tröllaskagi, in North Iceland has become world-renowned for its backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. The region’s uniqueness comes from the fact that it offers long runs from mountaintops to the ocean below and a good snowpack lasting well into spring.
On this tour, we will stay at the Sigló hotel, a new comfortable tradition style hotel situated right by the fisherman’s marina in the town of Siglufjörður. It is the perfect place to relax after a day of fabulous skiing in the surrounding mountains, offering a great restaurant and an outside hot tub.
Our days will be spent touring the mountains of the area and in the evenings we will check if the northern lights are out. The possibilities for skiing here are endless, and every day there are new summits, valleys and open slopes for our ski touring adventure. We will keep the daily difficulty as moderate with 800 m ascents but offer optional ski touring possibilities for those who like more skiing.
Alpine ski touring: 3 -7 hours per day
Elevation: 0 -1200 meters (0-3940 feet)
Maximum accumulated ascent: 800 - 1200 m (2635-3950 feet)
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