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 6 full days of backcountry touring, hot spring soaking, delicious food and hunting for the northern lights.

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Price: $3200pp
Length: 8 days
Guide-to-Client Ratio: 1:4
Difficulty: Strenuous
When: April 5-12, 2025
April 12-19, 2025 AIARE Level 2 Course
Type: Backcountry Touring
Type: Experiential


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


Personal Gear
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.

April 5-12, 2025 + April 12-19, 2025 (AIARE Level 2)

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 (April 5 and 12 respectively) in order to make the 5 hour drive to Akureyri. It is also possible to fly directly into Akureyri and is recommended.


Day 2 - 7: For 6 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. In addition to world-class skiing and riding, we will incorporate the Icelandic culture as much as possible, which includes hot springs! 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!


Day 8: After breakfast, we will begin the 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 3PM) can be booked if you are on a time crunch and they are available. Most flights depart to the US in the early afternoon/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.


  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 $30-$40/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 and trailheads. 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 know of a location where we can 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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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.


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.


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.

Is Kyrgyzstan Safe?

Yes. The people of Kyrgyzstan are extremely friendly. We partner with a local travel agency to ensure a smooth and safe trip. We will base ourselves out of local home-stays. The locals are very accommodating to foreigners.

Do I need to purchase additional insurance?

Yes. You can purchase rescue insurance policy from the American Alpine Club for $45. Additionally, we highly recommend that you purchase trip insurance. In the case where you trip is cut short, this is how you will get a full refund. Global Rescue is a wonderful resource for insurance as well.

Do I need to bring extra medications?

Yes. You should bring basic medications in addition to any prescriptions that you need. Consider bringing a small kit with Ibuprofen, Tums, Ant-Acids, etc.

Is the water safe to drink?

Yes. Boiled water is available at the home-stays. We do recommend that you bring or purchase chlorine tablets or a Steri-pen to ensure that the water is potable.

Are showers available?

Showers are available at the home-stay

Should I bring any luxuries?

We recommend that you bring a designated change of warm, comfy clothes for lounging around the home-stay. We won't have a lot of down time but you will want to be comfortable when we do.