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With the luxe Karlsá Lodge as your base—the only ski-in, ski-out lodge on the Troll Peninsula—you’re sure to discover the very best ski terrain there is in the area, be they steep couloirs or big open slopes. The north of Iceland offers endless skiing possibilities and you could spend a lifetime exploring its peaks and valleys, but 4 or 6 days are surely a good start. Our guides have prepared an irresistibly full package: wonderful lodging, all food cooked by an in-house chef, and invigorating spa facilities. So after each day of scouting around for incredible terrain and skiing your heart out, you’ll get to relax in a hot tub, sauna, or geothermal baths, have a great dinner, and sit back with a glass of wine in your hand, enjoying magnificent views.

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  • Deluxe Karlsá Lodge

    A renovated 1920s lodge is your home for the trip, boasting a hot tub, a sauna, and killer views of the fjord and the mountains

  • Terrific terrain options

    Expert guides will help you explore the area and find terrain that suits you most

  • Après-ski chill out

    End your days with good food, relaxing spa time, and wonderful company

Available itineraries

4-Day Lodge-Based Ski Touring in Iceland’s Troll Peninsula

This is a 4-day ski touring adventure. For 2 more skiing days, check out the 6-day option—you’ll still stay at the same lodge and explore the same area, but only over the course of 6 days.

The Troll Peninsula in the north of Iceland offers endless explorations of its peaks, slopes and valleys. Our guides put together a trip which wonderfully blends thrilling skiing and re-energizing relaxations after skiing. The base of the trip will be the luxe Karlsá Lodge, nestled in the middle of the best ski terrain on the Troll Peninsula, with million dollar views of the fjord and the mountains. After using up all daylight for ski touring, you can visit geothermal baths, relax in a hot tub at the lodge, and eat delicious meals prepared by an in-house chef.

  • Make your way to Akureyri, the capital of northern Iceland, which is where your guides will come and pick you up. It’s recommended you arrive in Akureyri in the afternoon, as that is when your guides will be able to meet you. A 40-minute transfer takes you to your Karlsá Lodge for a meet and greet. Welcome dinner is served and you will go over the week’s agenda!

    Meals: Dinner
    Accommodation: Karlsá Lodge

    Karlsa Lodge on the Troll Peninsula
  • Spend your first day of skiing just above the Karlsá Lodge. You’ll go through a detailed avalanche transceiver and avalanche rescue training in the morning, which will be followed by your first peak of many.

    Average daily vertical ranges from 1,000 to 1,800 m (3,280-5,905 ft), depending on the group. For those that want more, you can go until your legs say “stop”, as there’s endless terrain to choose from.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Karlsá Lodge

    Pristine terrain in Iceland
  • Your expert, Internationally Certified Icelandic ski guides set the pace and rhythm of the program so that everyone enjoys it to the fullest. Use the sunlight and discover thrilling terrain, and as the day draws to a close, head back to your lodge.

    You can lounge in the hot tub or relax at the sauna, followed by one delicious meal after another, feasting on organic lamb, fish, and game prepared by your gourmet chef.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Karlsá Lodge

    Downhill skier, Troll Peninsula
  • Today is your last day of skiing. After a good breakfast and sorting your luggage, head out for your final day. Enjoy more great turns and good times followed by lunch in the field.

    After another great day, your guides will drop you off to Akureyri, where you can catch a flight to Reykjavik or continue your travels in Iceland. Say goodbye to your team and your guides, and feel free to ask them for some recommendations!

    Meals: Breakfast

    Two happy skiers in Troll
6-Day Lodge-Based Ski Touring in Iceland’s Troll Peninsula

This is a 6-day ski touring adventure. If you’re short on time, check out the 4-day option—you’ll still stay at the same lodge and explore the same area, but only over the course of 4 days.

The Troll Peninsula in the north of Iceland offers endless explorations of its peaks, slopes and valleys. Our guides put together a trip which wonderfully blends thrilling skiing and re-energizing relaxations after skiing. The base of the trip will be the luxe Karlsá Lodge, nestled in the middle of the best ski terrain on the Troll Peninsula, with million dollar views of the fjord and the mountains. After using up all daylight for ski touring, you can visit geothermal baths, relax in a hot tub at the lodge, and eat delicious meals prepared by an in-house chef.

  • Make your way to Akureyri, the capital of northern Iceland, which is where your guides will come and pick you up. It’s recommended you arrive in Akureyri in the afternoon, as that is when your guides will be able to meet you. A 40-minute transfer takes you to your Karlsá Lodge for a meet and greet. Welcome dinner is served and you will go over the week’s agenda!

    Meals: Dinner
    Accommodation: Karlsá Lodge

    Karlsa Lodge on the Troll Peninsula
  • Spend your first day of skiing just above the Karlsá Lodge. You’ll go through a detailed avalanche transceiver and avalanche rescue training in the morning, which will be followed by your first peak of many.

    Average daily vertical ranges from 1,000 to 1,800 m (3,280-5,905 ft), depending on the group. For those that want more, you can go until your legs say “stop”, as there’s endless terrain to choose from.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Karlsá Lodge

    Pristine terrain in Iceland
  • Your expert, Internationally Certified Icelandic ski guides set the pace and rhythm of the program so that everyone enjoys it to the fullest. Use the sunlight and discover thrilling terrain, and as the day draws to a close, head back to your lodge.

    You can lounge in the hot tub or relax at the sauna, followed by one delicious meal after another, feasting on organic lamb, fish, and game prepared by your gourmet chef.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Karlsá Lodge

    Downhill skier, Troll Peninsula
  • Today is your last day of skiing. After a good breakfast and sorting your luggage, head out for your final day. Enjoy more great turns and good times followed by lunch in the field.

    After another great day, your guides will drop you off to Akureyri, where you can catch a flight to Reykjavik or continue your travels in Iceland. Say goodbye to your team and your guides, and feel free to ask them for some recommendations!

    Meals: Breakfast

    Two happy skiers in Troll
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Meet your guides

Jökull Bergman
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Jökull Bergman
IFMGA Guide
Jökull Bergman is Iceland’s first and only IFMGA internationally certified mountain guide. JB, as most people call him, has climbed and skied extensively all over the world, lived and worked in both the European Alps and the mountains of Western Canada. He has brought this wealth of experience to Iceland and Greenland, where he’s claimed over one hundred first ascents and descents. JB's love of the mountains grew from an early age working as a shepherd on his grandparent's farm on the Troll Peninsula in Northern Iceland. Or maybe, maybe it had something to do with his name, which in English would translate directly to Glacier Mountainman.
Garðar
5.00
Garðar
ACMG Certified Assistant Ski Guide
ACMG Certified Assistant Ski Guide
A.k.a "Gaddi", he is one of Iceland's finest multi adventure guides, having started his career at a very early age. ACMG Certified Assistant Ski Guide and graduate of the Thompson Rivers University Adventure Guide Program, he has specialized in expedition logistics and sea kayak guiding in the wilds of Greenland among other things. With a strong background in skiing, avalanche training and many years of guiding in the mountains of the Troll Peninsula, Gaddi's calm and friendly demeanor will make him an instant friend of everyone he leads through the mountains.
Örvar
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Örvar
ACMG Certified Ski Guide
Born and raised in the West Fjords of Iceland, Örvar practically grew up in the mountains and on skis. As one of the country's finest youth Nordic ski racers, his destiny seems to have been to spend winters on snow and summers on rock. Despite his young age, Örvar is an ACMG Certified Ski Guide and has his sights on completing the full IFMGA Certification. Well known for his infectious laughter and countless terrible jokes, there is never a dull moment with this gentle giant around.
Bergmenn Mountain Guides
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Bergmenn Mountain Guides
Bergmenn Mountain Guides
Bergmenn Mountain Guides is an Icelandic company specializing in custom-made adventures in Iceland and around the globe. They pioneered offering the services of fully certified local UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain Guides in Iceland, and they offer ski touring, ski mountaineering, heli skiing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, and other mountain-related activities. Bergmenn’ goal is to provide the best service available, with the highest level of safety and certification in the industry of mountain guiding in the Arctic North.

Accommodation

5.00 (3 reviews)
Marion Herrera (source: Google Reviews)

A paradise on earth! The place is grandiose, the facilities are perfect and the staff are super professional and super kind, everything is fantastic!

Russell Goodman (source: Guide’s website)

The BMG ski tour is MUCH better than comparable products in terms of food,
accommodation, variety of touring options, accessibility of terrain, degree of challenge, diligence of guiding, etc.

Clifford Bordon (source: Guide’s website)

Skiing and riding that compares to Alaska without the bravado , with the added bonus
of an awesome cultural experience

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • 4 or 6-day Troll Peninsula ski touring
      • Internationally Certified Icelandic ski guides with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Transportation between Akureyri and Karlsá Lodge
      • Transportation in 4×4 vehicles for the duration of the trip
      • Accommodation in double rooms with shared bathrooms for 4 or 6 nights (depending on the duration of your stay)
      • Entry fee to geothermal baths
      • Full use of Lodge Spa facilities
      • All meals starting with welcome dinner on the day of arrival and lunch on the final day (breakfast buffet, packed lunch, aprés ski snacks and three course dinners prepared by our lodge chef)
      • “Down day” activities (including whale watching, sea angling, hotsprings, and cultural tours)

    Food served during the tour is based on traditional Icelandic cuisine, locally sourced fish and meat. There will be an in-house chef specializing in hearty gourmet feasts with local fresh ingredients. If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know upon booking. If your guides know your requirements in advance, they can prepare and accommodate you no matter what your dietary needs are. The only food not readily available in Iceland is Kosher food.

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation between Reykjavik and Akureyri before and after the trip
      • Accommodations prior to and after the trip
      • Equipment rental
      • Alcoholic beverages
      • Helicopter drops for ski touring
      • Guide gratuities — optional
      • Travel and medical insurance — optional
  • If you’re joining this guided backcountry ski touring near Akureyri in Troll Peninsula, you need to be a fit intermediate skier and be able to ski in off-piste terrain. Keep in mind that ski touring does require a certain basic level of physical fitness to minimize risk and be enjoyable. We recommend that you have the basic core strength to ski in a variety of conditions.

    It’s recommended that you are able to do the following:

      • Ski fall line in most snow conditions (powder to wind affected snow)
      • Make parallel or stem-christie turns on 35° groomed or firm snow
      • Side-slip on firm slopes up to 35°
      • Kick turns facing in or facing out on 30° slopes
      • Skate on level terrain
      • Ski black diamond runs at ski areas efficiently and in most snow conditions
      • Climb at least 1000 meters per day
  • Clothing:

      • Wind and waterproof shell jacket (Gore Tex or equivalent)
      • Wind and waterproof pants (Gore Tex or equivalent)
      • Base layer (wool or synthetic)
      • Ski pants
      • Jacket (Soft shell, fleece)
      • Light to medium down or fiber jacket
      • Hat
      • Gloves (2 pairs) (thinner touring gloves and thicker skiing gloves)
      • Ski socks
      • Casual day-to-day clothing for dinner at the lodge
      • Bathing suit for geothermal baths
      • During March and April winter boots are recommended as there may be snow around the lodge

    Skiing / riding gear:

      • Ski touring skis, telemark or splitboard (snowshoes are not an acceptable option)
      • Repair kit for your bindings (guides will carry a full repair kit so keep yours light)
      • Skins and ski crampons (ski crampons are not optional*)
      • Ski poles
      • Alpine Touring, Telemark or Snowboard boots (we recommend carrying your boots in your carry-on baggage during flights)
      • Avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel
      • Backpack 30-40 liters (with ski attachments)
      • Helmet (optional)
      • Sunglasses
      • Goggles

    Miscellaneous:

      • Thermos or water bottle (1-2 liters)
      • Sun and lip cream
      • Small first aid kit with personal medications, blister kit, etc.
      • Camera
      • Power adaptors and necessary chargers for your devices

    Please have your ski boots in carry-on baggage during your flights to Iceland. If your skis get temporarily lost, your guides can provide excellent rental gear, but please contact us for information and availability.

    *Most backcountry ski bindings offer integrated ski crampon systems. Ski crampons work in conjunction with your skins to save you energy providing efficient skinning in firm snow situations. Ski crampons are lightweight and easy to carry and a great tool to add to your backcountry kit if you do not already own them. Please contact us if you are not able to find this piece of equipment for your trip. While your guides do not have it available for rent, they may be able to help you find a retailer.

  • Indeed you can! Your guides have a limited supply of rental equipment, which includes touring skis with skins, poles, and avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, shovel, probe). They have a small selection of ski boots at the lodge intended for emergency use only. Please bring your own ski boots as it’s much more comfortable. It’s suggested that you put them in your carry-on. As for the type of skis best suited, mid-fat to fat skis are recommended, not too soft. If you take your skis to the shop for a tune up before your trip, make sure to ask them for a warm temp wax.

    If you’d like to skip the hassle of bringing your own equipment, contact us and we’ll help you make arrangements!

  • Group sizes and pricing

      • For this Troll Peninsula ski touring adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 6:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 4 people for this tour to operate. The maximum number of people is set at 12.
      • The trip needs to be booked at least four days in advance of the trip.

    Backcountry ski touring near Akureyri in Troll Peninsula can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors older than 14 may be permitted to join backcountry ski touring near Akureyri in Troll Peninsula on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Akureyri, the starting point of your Troll Peninsula ski touring adventure, you first have to get to Keflavík International Airport (KEF). From there, a 45-minute bus or taxi ride brings you to the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík.

    Then you have to reach the domestic airport, which is in the town center and most buses from the international airport will drop you off there. The flight with Air Iceland Connect from Reykjavik to Akureyri takes 35 minutes and there are a number of departures throughout the day. We recommend a late afternoon departure around 17:00 or 18:00 on Day 0, as accommodation is included in the price of the tour for that night. Your guides have limited staff for airport transfers, so if you arrive in Akureyri earlier in the day, they will not be able to pick you up until the evening.

    You can also charter your own flight with Eagle Air Iceland or Norlandair straight from Keflavík International airport to Akureyri.

    Please note that you need to allow yourself a minimum of 2.5 hours from the time your international flight lands in Keflavík until the departure of the domestic Air Iceland flight in Reykjavík due to the fact that it can take some time to get through customs and collect your baggage. You need to be at the Reykjavík domestic airport at least 30 minutes prior to your departure. The domestic airport is very small and easy to navigate.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance.

    With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more. Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • Iceland, the “Land of Fire and Ice”, has forever lived with volcanic activity. Minor and major eruptions have occurred every few years since the island was formed. Some of Iceland’s appeal, aside from sheer natural beauty, surely stems from this very fact.

    However, every new eruption, such as the recent Reykjanes Peninsula fissure, will make some travelers, tourists, and adventurers uneasy, especially given the fact that sensationalist media is not immune to misinformation and speculation.

    Since we work with a number of expert local guides in Iceland, we thought we’d share their input and fill you in on what’s actually going on.

    First of all, air traffic has not been affected. Flights to and from Keflavík International Airport and Reykjavík Domestic Airport are operating as they always do.

    Second, the effects of volcanic activity have been localized, with some roads closed, and all services in Iceland are operating as usual. Reykjavik, the capital, is around 40 km (25 miles) away from the volcanic fissure, and life there is as normal as ever.

    And third, trips offered by 57hours are taking place much further away, and are thereby even less likely to be affected by the volcanic activity, being perfectly safe for adventurers. Naturally, the authorities (and guides) are monitoring the situation and doing everything possible to keep both local residents and visitors safe and well informed.

    In case you have any additional questions or dilemmas, feel free to get in touch with either your guide or 57hours. For more information, please visit:
    https://safetravel.is/
    https://www.visiticeland.com/article/volcano-info

    Or watch the video with Dr. Matthew Roberts from the Icelandic Meteorological Office explaining the recent volcanic activities in Iceland:
    https://youtu.be/QA3-BXYuYrw?feature=shared

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the set dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Secure your early bird spot with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you will be the first one to know about any new upcoming dates. Pick your preferred dates without the risk of your bucket list adventure selling out!

      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you.
      • Once the dates are set, you can confirm your booking by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    Cancellations

    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

    Basic

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-89 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 60-89 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
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