Alpine Ski Touring

The Peaks of Siglufjörður

Long slopes, majestic peaks and a charming Icelandic town in the North. The perfect ski tour adventure!

Tour code: IMG551

The Peaks of Siglufjörður

World-Renowned Backcountry Skiing in North Iceland

Deservingly, Troll peninsula, or Tröllaskagi, in North Iceland has become world-renowned for its backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. The region’s uniqueness is attributed to the long runs it offers from mountain tops to the ocean. The cherry on top is that you will find good snowpack lasting well into spring. Your days will be spent touring the mountains of the area.  The possibilities for skiing here are endless, and every day there are new summits, valleys and open slopes for our ski touring adventure. You can expect moderate difficulty each day, with 800 m (2630 ft) ascents, but we offer additional ski touring possibilities for those who like more skiing. After a fun-filled day of skiing, each night you will unwind at the Sigló, a new and comfortable traditional style hotel situated right by the fisherman’s marina in the town of Siglufjörður. The hotel’s fabulous restaurant, outdoor hot tub and surrounding landscape, make it the perfect place to rest and possibly spot the Northern Lights. Don’t miss out on some of the best ski touring in Iceland!

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Tour Overview

  • Meeting point

    Reykjavík domestic airport

  • Group size

    4 - 12 participants (second guide for groups 9 - 12)

  • Language

    English

  • Accommodation

    Hotel

  • Alpine skiing per day

    3 - 7 hrs

  • Max Ascent

    800 - 1200 m (2636 - 3950 ft)

  • Difficulty

    Challenging

    Difficulty

    Challenging

  • Availability

    Mar - Apr

  • Duration

    6 days

  • 18

    Minimum age:

    18 yrs

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Boutique hotel accommodation
  • Flight Reykjavík - Akureyri - Reykjavík
  • Transport in 4x4 minibus
  • Breakfast (5), Lunch (6)
  • Welcome dinner on day 1

Not Included

  • Skiing equipment
  • Accommodation in Reykjavík
  • Dinner from day 2 - day 6

Optional Extras

  • Accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the tour

Tour Map and Itinerary

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The Peaks of Siglufjörður

MAP & ITINERARY

Day 1

Akureyri - Siglufjörður

We start with an early morning, 45 minutes flight from Reykjavik domestic airport to Akureyri. The flight only takes 45 minutes with beautiful aerial views over the central highlands. From the airport, we head out to Siglufjörður, a small picturesque fishing town 77 km (48 mi) north of Akureyri and the setting of the mystery television series Trapped. Our basecamp will be the comfortable Sigló Hotel located at the pier, on the water. We get settled at our hotel and head out for the first skiing experience in the afternoon. In the evening, we return to hotel to get ready for a welcome dinner.
Driving: 2 hrs
Skiing: 3 hrs
Ascent/Descent: 600 - 700 m (1970 - 2300 ft)

Day 2

Héðinsfjörður the uninhabited fjord

A short drive takes us to the once inhabited and now abandoned Héðinsfjörður. We will enjoy the scenery and hear the stories about how the local people gave up settling this narrow fjord, offering insights into Iceland’s history. Our aim is to walk up to the Vatnsendahnjúkur where we can enjoy the view down this narrow fjord before we descent the perfectly angled slopes. As in the other days of this ski journey we will keep our days at a moderate difficulty. After a short rest, the guide is offering all those who are interested to have additional skiing.
Driving: 0.5 - 1 hrs
Skiing: 5 hrs
Ascent/Descent:
 800 - 900 m (2625 - 2950 ft)

Day 3

Dalvík and the neighboring valleys

Today, we head to the village of Dalvík. This is a small, quaint, typical Icelandic fishing village with beautiful views across the fjord with snowy, jagged peaks on the other side. The backyard of the town offers good ski slopes and after an enjoyable day of skiing, we will visit the local swimming pool before heading back to our hotel.
Driving: 1 hrs
Skiing:
 5 hrs
Ascent/Descent: 900 - 1000 m (2625 - 3280 ft)

Day 4

High peaks and ocean view

There are no shortage of high peaks or ski slopes on the Troll Peninsula.  We are aiming for dramatic viewpoints where we can see the sea from all sides.  After the first descent of the day we will put the skis on again and make another mountain pass crossing before we ski to the sea.
Driving: 1 hrs
Skiing: 5 - 6 hrs
Ascent/Descent: 900 - 1000 m (2625 - 3280 ft)

Day 5

Jumping from one fjord to another

At the bottom of the valley are good ski slopes and nice peaks.  In the morning we cross the tunnel into the nearby Héðinsfjorður and from there we make the ascent to our peak. When we come to the top, we should have a good view down to Siglufjörður where we ski all the way down. After lunch, there are options of visiting the Herring museum located in the town and have a relaxed afternoon, or continue skiing for those who have not had enough.  For the afternoon skiing we will use the lift at the local ski area to get access to the backcountry.  We are aiming for descending towards the sea and come down in the next valley from there are short drive back to the hotel.
Driving: 1 hrs
Skiing:
 5 hrs
Ascent/Decent:
 800 m (2625 ft) (option to do more)

Day 6

Eyjafjörður - Akureyri - Reykjavík

Today we leave with all our luggage.  We keep the outdoor clothing on and go for one last ski run on our way to Akureyri.  In the afternoon we take the 45 min flight back to Reykjavik domestic airport where our tour ends. 
Driving: 2 hrs
Skiing:
 3 hrs
Ascent/Descent
: 600 - 800 m (1970 - 2625 ft)

Please note 

  • The day to day activities are subject to change according to weather and snow condition and will not necessary be in the described order. Final decision on which routes will be skied each day is in the hands of the guide, and is based on snow conditions, avalanche danger etc. All times are approximate. There are abundant possibilities for skiing in the area. For example we might do some classic routes like Hesturinn (the Horse), Hestaskarðshnjúkar or Fýlaskarðshnjúkar, or we might try our skills at some known steep descents like Rimar or Finninn (the Finn).

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
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Practical Information

  • Hotel rooms have private bathroom facilities. Electricity, cold and hot water in the rooms.
  • Cottages have shared bathroom facilities. Electricity, cold and hot water in the cottages.
  • Linen is included in the price as well as duvets, pillows and towels
  • I am a vegetarian/vegan/gluten intolerant, will there be a food option for me, what is it?

Special dietary supplement, such as vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, gluten free or other supplements, can be ordered at some extra cost. The supplement will include meals that meet the requirements of your diet.

  • The date I want to book is not available, can I still request to book?

If a date is not available it either fully booked or not offered on that date. You are welcome to contact us for a private tour if you cannot join on an available date. Please email [email protected] to request a private tour.

For your own wellbeing and safety, we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, especially that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

  • Touring skis (AT – Telemark – Split-board)
  • Ski boots
  • Skins, cut for the skis, in good working conditions.
  • Ski-crampons
  • Ski poles
  • Avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel
  • Small first AID kit including a blister kit
  • Ski socks
  • Warm underwear / wool or synthetics
  • Pants, e.g soft-shell
  • Light fleece jacket
  • A soft-shell jacket or other windproof and breathable layer.
  • Waterproof jacket and pants.
  • Light puffy jacket (e.g. down or Primaloft).
  • Ski-goggles.
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm hat.
  • Water bottle/thermos (1 – 2 liters total).
  • Gloves – two pairs thin and thick
  • Sun block, lip balm, etc.
  • Back-pack with straps for skis (30 – 40 liters) / (1800 - 2500 cu in)
  • Ski helmet (optional)
  • Ski strap
  • Favorite sweets / energy bars (optional)
  • Harness
  • Crampons
  • Ice-axe
  • Comfortable clothes for indoor use and non-skiing activities.
  • Toiletries
  • Any medication
  • Sleeping bag – (Only for IMG55)
  • Headlamp - (Only for IMG55)
  • Bathing gear (most tours in Iceland)
  • Aperitif or likewise (optional)