Course Descriptions>Backcountry Skiing in Iceland

Backcountry Skiing in Iceland - Troll Peninsula
April 21 - 28, 2018
High Intermediate - Expert Skiing
$2900.00 all inclusive with Avalanche and Wilderness Medical Training

Video of AMG's 2017 Iceland trip to Troll Peninsula

Join the AMG team in Iceland to ski world class backcountry terrain overlooking the Norwegian Sea. Our 2018 trip is based out of Siglufjordur on the northern tip of the Troll Peninsula. Here, in the land of the midnight sun, you will find endless opportunities to ski rarely skied lines that can even take you from summit to sea! The Troll Peninsula boasts a wide variety of terrain making it ideal for both strong intermediate and expert skiers who want to go off-piste. After a full day of touring, you can relax in geothermally heated baths and hot tubs. Includes avalanche training refresher, companion rescue and optional certification in Wilderness First Aid.

Why go?

  • Iceland delivers the perfect spring skiing experience
  • Days are long and the snow pack is reasonably stable allowing for big ski tours
  • Easy access for east coasters -> a short, inexpensive five hour flight from Boston or New York
  • Up to 3000' lines with spectacular views of the Arctic Ocean, beautiful fjords and big mountain alpine scenery
  • Provides an extremely “remote” mountain feeling full of big faces and steep couloirs
  • Jump into one of the world’s hottest fringe ski destinations with guides that have been there!


  • Includes 7 nights lodging, all breakfasts and dinners, all transfers from Akureyri airport and return
  • professionally guided by AMGA trained or certified ski guides
  • 4 x 4 van for remote access to terrain and rendezvous points
  • One day of heli assisted backcountry touring
  • Lodging in a private high-end home in the fishing village of Siglufjordur. Easy access to the goods, yet close to town for restaurants and an evening pint of Einstok Olgero, the local microbrew.
  • Ratio: maximum of 4 clients / guide
  • Plan your travel to arrive in Akureyri on April 21. (easy flights from Reykjavik or easy bus 3x daily)
  • All group and emergency gear provided.

Sample Itinerary - Featuring 6 days on your boards. Final itinerary is determined based upon conditions and skier skills.

4/21 - Day 1: Plan to arrive in Akureyri by 3:00 pm (1500 hrs). Easy flights from Reykjavik or a bus ride daily will get you there. Meet your guide(s) in Akureyri and drive about 90 minutes to our private guest house in Siglufjorodur(Siglu). Get out for a quick ski tour to stretch our legs and shake down gear then enjoy our first dinner in Siglu.

4/22 - Day 2: Gain the backcountry via the Siglu T-Bar to get the trip started. There are many opportunities for great skiing and wonderful tours.  Brush up on avalanche rescue skills and refine some fundamental ski touring skills.

4/23 - Day 3: Tour into the Karlsardalur valley and ski the many faces of the Karlsarfjall.

4/24 - Day 4 - Head to Olafsfjordur for some couloir skiing in the Ytradaiur valley. There are many great runs to work on your boot packing skills and couloir skiing skills.

4/25 - Day 5
: Possible heli bump to the Gljufurarjokull glacier where we will descend and ascend several valleys as we ski through the mountains back to the cars.

4/26-27 - Day 6 - 7: With so much terrain at our disposal we can choose the type of skiing people are interested in and go where the best snow is stashed.

4/28 - Day 8: Return to Akureyri for flights home.


Jon Tierney, IFMGA Mountain Guide (Owner, Lead Guide) and/or Al Mandell (AMGA Ski Guide Trained, AlARE Level 3) and/or Dick Chasse (AMGA Ski Guide Trained, AlARE Level 3).


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