Course Descriptions>Backcountry Skiing in Iceland

Backcountry Skiing in Iceland - Troll Peninsula
April 21 - 28, 2019 (arrive on 21st, return on 28th)
High Intermediate - Expert Skiing

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 2019 trip is based out of Dalvek near 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 (additional fee $125.00).

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
  • Lodging in a Dalvik in private rooms with 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 less about an hour to our private guest house in Dalvik. Get out for a quick ski tour to stretch our legs and shake down gear then enjoy our first dinner in Iceland. Our house is on the Eyjafjorour fjord and  has multiple geothermal tubs, some right on the fjord!

4/22 - Day 2: Gain the backcountry 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 - 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. Options include but are not limited to: touring into Karlsardalur valley and ski the many faces of the Karlsarfjall, heading to Olafsfjordur for some couloir skiing in the Ytradaiur valley where there are many great runs to work on your boot packing skills and couloir skiing skills.

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


Jon Tierney, IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guide (Owner, Lead Guide) and/or
Dick Chasse (AMGA Ski Guide Trained, AlARE Level 3, AIARE Level 1 Instructor).


We are offering four different pricing options for this ski trip adventure to suit your budget and skill set:

Option 1: A la carte - includes Dalvek lodging and breakfast / dinner for 7 days and nights. Ski and travel on your own. Only $1500.00

Option 2: I can ski on my own! - includes airport pick up in Akureyri, Dalvek lodging and breakfast / dinner for 7 days and nights and transportation to backcountry ski areas within 30 mile radius, daily assistance with tour planning. Ski on your own. Only $1950.00

Option 3: I think I can do this mostly on my own but...? - includes airport pick up in Akureyri, Dalvek lodging and breakfast / dinner for 7 days and nights and transportation to backcountry ski areas within 30 mile radius. Approximately 2 days of guided skiing and daily assistance with tour planning. Only $2200.00

Option 4: All inclusive. Just sit back and ski! - includes airport pick up in Akureyri, Dalvek lodging and breakfast / dinner for 7 days and nights and transportation to backcountry ski areas within 30 mile radius. Fully guided 6 days of backcountry skiing / touring. Only $2500.00

Optional add on: Wilderness First Aid Certification. $125.00 (16 hours spread over week)


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