Iceland: Troll Peninsula

Arctic skiing in the land of ice and fire! The Troll Peninsula of Iceland is a world-class backcountry skiing destination that affords summit to sea descents. If you're into endless terrain of varying steepness just south of the arctic circle, then Iceland is the place for you. Join us for 5 full days of backcountry touring, hot spring soaking, good eats and hunting for the northern lights.

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TRIP DETAILS

Price: From $1999pp
Length: 7 days
Guide-to-Client Ratio: 1:4
Difficulty: Strenuous
When: March 25-31, 2023
April 2-8, 2023
Type: Backcountry Touring
Type: Experiential

INCLUDED

1:4 NEM Guide Ratio
Lodging throughout
All Group Gear
Emergency Gear

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare
Transportation
Personal Gear
Meals
Rental gear
Gratuities

RENTAL GEAR

Most of the required equipment is available for rent from our affiliate mtnGEAR. NEM climbers will receive an exclusive discount of 20% discount on all rental equipment and clothing.

March 25-31, 2023 + April 2-8, 2023

Day 1: The majority of the flights to Reykjavik are red eye flights arriving in Iceland around 5AM the next day. Please plan to arrive in Iceland very early on the first day of your itinerary (March 25th + April 2 respectively) in order to make the 5 hour drive to Akureyri. It is also possible to fly directly into Akureyri and is recommended.

SKIING ITINERARY BEGINS*

Day 2 - 6: For 5 days we will be ski touring throughout the Troll Peninsula. There are many different valleys that offer a wide range of ski conditions and slope angles. There is something for everyone here! An emphasis will be put on fitting in big days and as much skiing as possible. You will become part of the team and the decision-making process. Not only will you ski a ton, but you will learn a lot of about group dynamics, safe travel practices in avalanche terrain and outdoor leadership. If you wish to take a rest day or two, you are free to do so. There is much to explore in this beautiful country!

SKIING ITINERARY ENDS

Day 7: After breakfast, we will begin the long drive back to the capital city of Reykjavik arriving in the city in the early afternoon. Alternatively, you can take a mid-morning flight directly out of Akureyri. Evening international flights (after 5PM) can be booked if you are on a time crunch and they are available. Most flights depart to the US in the early evening so we highly recommend departing the following day. Reykjavik is a wonderful city full of Icelandic culture.

*Itinerary is subject to change based on weather and snow conditions. We will maximize the experience by adjusting the itinerary to match the conditions.

THINGS TO CONSIDER

  1. All Participants MUST be skilled skiers or split-boarders.
  2. Participants must have prior backcountry experience and be comfortable skiing 35-degree terrain in variable conditions. Skiing in the backcountry has little resemblance of resort skiing. Participants should be comfortable ascending at least 3000' of elevation gain in a day.
  3. Iceland Air is the preferred airline. $500 -$650 flights are the norm.
  4. Iceland is expensive. Meals are often $20-$30/person. Please factor this into your budget. You will be able to cook at the house should you wish to save some money.
  5. There will be limited parking at the rental house. Once we have our roster finalized, we will send out emails of the participants so you can then coordinate rental cars and split the cost of the rental and gas.
  6. We will have WiFi at the rental house. If you would like to have WiFi in the field, we highly recommend purchasing an international plan for your cell phone.
  7. Backcountry ski gear is hard to come by in Iceland. We recommend you bring replacement parts as well as a small tool kit in order to fix common issues with your set-up. We do have a location we can get to rent skis or fix minor issues if the need arises
  8. As with all NEM international adventures, we highly recommend “Global Rescue” insurance as well as trip insurance.

 

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GENERAL POLICIES

NEMs Adventure itineraries are subject to change or be adjusted based on a number of factors. These include, but are not limited to, route conditions, weather, terrain, group dynamics and many other factors. NEM has complete discretion to change plans to accommodate any of these or other factors, including the discretion to change program schedule or itinerary, and change guides or staff, as necessary for the proper and safe conduct of the program. We reserve the right to cancel any program due to inadequate signups, weather or route conditions. In such a case, an NEM credit for the full value is given; however, NEM cannot be responsible for any additional expenses incurred in preparing for the program (i.e., airline tickets, equipment purchase or rental, hotel reservations). NEM reserves the right to dismiss the Participant from a trip at any time if NEM determines, in its sole discretion, that the Participant is not physically, technically, or psychologically prepared for or capable of participating in the program. This includes being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

SUMMIT ATTEMPT

Northeast Mountaineering cannot guarantee that you will reach the summit or complete the objective you have signed up for. Weather, route conditions, your own abilities or the abilities of others may create circumstances that make an ascent unsafe, and you or your entire party will have to turn around without reaching the summit. Your program fee entitles you to one mountain experience on your specified dates.

MINIMUM REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

Most of our programs do not have a minimum enrollment. If you are the only one registered, it will likely become a private outing. For our Waterfall Rappelling adventure, we must have at least 50% enrollment (3 people) to run the adventure. In the event of low-enrollment, we will reschedule your adventure to another date. If another date cannot be accommodated, you will receive an NEM credit.

RISK MANAGEMENT

Safety is NEM’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in the mountains but they cannot eliminate them. NEM guides draw from their wealth of experience and training to make sound decisions that maximize your experience without compromising the necessary margin of safety. Please clearly understand that mountaineering and all other mountain adventures are inherently hazardous sports. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of these sports, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in these activities.

NEW ENGLAND ADVENTURES

Payment in full is due at the time of booking. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check.

BEYOND NEW ENGLAND INCLUDING MOUNT RAINIER

A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person secures your reservation but may vary - please check your specific adventure. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check. Final payment is due 1 month [30 days] before departure. For your convenience, we can work out a monthly payment plan.

INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURES

A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person secures your reservation but may vary - please check your specific adventure. Payments may be made via MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or check. Final payment is due 1 month [30 days] before departure. For your convenience, we can work out a monthly payment plan.

CANCELLATION FOR NEW ENGLAND PROGRAMS

Up to 30 days before your adventure: Full Refund will be issued 29 days - 72 hours before your adventure: Full Refund in the form of NEM credit Within 72 hours of your adventure: No refund will be issued* In the event that you have a positive COVID-19 test and need to cancel within 72 hours, you will be issued an NEM credit for your adventure.

CANCELLATION FOR INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS & OUTSIDE OF NEW ENGLAND

Up to 90 days before your adventure: Full Refund will be issued 89 days - 30 days before your adventure: Participant will be responsible for paying 50% of the total balance. If the balance is paid in full, participant will receive a 50% refund in the form of NEM credit. Within 30 days of your adventure: No refund will be issued and participant will be responsible for paying the full balance.* *Travel Insurance is highly recommended to protect your investment. If NEM cancels your adventure due to weather or another unforeseen reason, you will receive an NEM credit.

CHANGE OF DATE

Date changes are subject to availability. Date changes may be requested at anytime up to 7 days prior to your adventure without incurring a date change fee. Date changes may be requested between 7 and 3 days prior to your departure date for a $25 fee per person. There are no date changes allowed within 72 hours before your adventure.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

In the event your guide or a fellow NEM guide or staff has reason to believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 or they are otherwise feeling unwell they will attempt to get a COVID test in time for your adventure or course. In the event of a positive test or the absence of results,  your course or adventure will be rescheduled or you can opt for an NEM credit to use at your discretion. Refunds for travel, lodging or other costs associated with your adventure will not be refunded or reimbursed.