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TR Terra Incognita: Here be Trolls

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I have just arrived up in the Troll peninsula in Northern Iceland. Following a fairly hefty drive split by a comfortable night on a horse ranch we arrived on the Troll peninsula just before lunch time and with good visibility we quickly set off to make the most of it as the forecast for tomorrow isn't quite so good!

Rich setting off from the road:



Interesting terrain coming into view behind:



First day, first summit and a view as well - result!



Great spring snow on the descent:



Well hello there! With one good run in the bag there was loads of time to go for a second lap and these couloirs were just screaming out to be skied!



A deceptively long bootpack took us up 500m to the ridge:



Looking tasty!



Sandy making the first turns, no place for mistakes...



Chris:



Mellower angles lower down:



Sandy ripping up the amazing smooth snow on the apron:



Happy team with our line centre stage:



More to follow in the next few days, weather permitting!!


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Is that a set of telemark skis? What binding are you using? Meidjo?
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Nearly a down day today due to weather, though we did go for a wander and managed to snag a 850m summit with a bit of ninja navigation in the fog. The view wasn't great but the ski down was not bad, with heavy new powder over a smooth base.



Finally managed to track down the strange noises we heard on our first morning further south: snipe 'drumming'. Very bizarre.

@Teletart, the misery sticks are not mine... I will ask Rich what bindings he has.
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I love Iceland, but when she blows.....she blows
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Amazingly (and in contrast to yesterday) it was dead calm (and unfortunately mild) on top!
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@offpisteskiing, getting off the beaten track there! we visited Akureyri in the Summer a few years back and it’s a truly amazing and unique country. Looking forward to seeing more of the skiing! Is this a Snowheads trip or have you left them counting fish in Norway?
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@offpisteskiing, getting off the beaten track there! we visited Akureyri in the Summer a few years back and it’s a truly amazing and unique country. Looking forward to seeing more of the skiing! Is this a Snowheads trip or have you left them counting fish in Norway?


I don't run 'Snowheads' trips (although there are a couple of Snowheads regulars on the Lofoten 'core crew') - this is a group I have skied with a few times, including a week in Lofoten last year... Its a cool place up here, definitely some fun terrain to good at in good conditions. Spent 3 expensive days in Akureyri 10 years ago waiting for clear weather on Greenland to fly on for an exped, but we didn't unpack the ski gear as everything was packed ready for a short notice call to get to the airport. Forecast looks better for the next few days so hopefully we will get some good skiing in!
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After yesterday's mix of white and 'translucent' precipitation we weren't too sure what to expect today, the forecast was for clouds with sunny spells, but it turned out much better than that in the end!



Nice views on the way to our first summit at 930m:



Summit team:



Top of the North couloir looking inviting!



Good cold snow and 40º - sadly this only lasted for 100m or so before yesterday's rain made itself felt, but a fun run down:



The gang about to enter the 'crust zone':



A quick 400m of skinning saw us back on to the summit ridge and we made a second half-lap down a different bowl with a few cms of soft over a smooth base - nice!







A quick skin back up our previous skin track took us back to the summit ridge just in time to see a portal to another dimension open up briefly:



Portal within a portal:



Our last run back to the car took us through a mix of under-cooked, over-cooked and just right spring snow. Once again despite the lean snow conditions low down we managed to make turns all the way down to the road.





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@offpisteskiing, looks fab! Hope you get a cold snap followed by some sun. Looks like there is some amazing scenery up there!
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@BobinCH, forecast is OK for the rest of the week, though whether that translates to a good spring set-up depends a lot on the clouds..! The scenery is pretty damn fine, and the fish soup in Dalvik is off the charts!
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Today dawned birght and clear in Siglufjordur, though the forecast looked less promising for the afternoon.

Plan A for the day:



The bowl to the right of the summit ridge looked smooth, which given Monday's rain/snow is the key to good skiing this week, as anything with rocks above is covered with roller balls or wet sluff...

Very tame ptarmigan:



Good views all round:



As we hit the summit ridge it was looking very gloomy behind the peak, and with sun shining on our descent we decided to leave the summit for another day and make the most of the good visibility and snow.
Ready to drop into our first descent:



A few cms of soft over a smooth base gave very nice skiing!








After a short food & drink break, and with the weather still holding out, we set off back up a different line to the left of the summit:



The weather had been holding so far but as we made our way along the ridge about 50m below the summit the cloud base dropped and we made the pragmatic choice of using the remaining visibility to ski the slopes we had just climbed. Good skiing but flat light so no photos from the main descent, though the run-out to the car was a 5* spring-skiing bonanza, all topped off by randomly bumping into my friend Rick and his group back at the bottom!



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Second last day today, with a mixed forecast but a blue sky start. A day of evolving plans - plan A was shelved in favour of a rescue mission to find a hat that Chris had left en route yesterday, and with sunny skies and low winds we set off with the idea of skiing the South East face of a peak we were near yesterday, which would give us a great run on smooth spring snow... that was the theory until, having found Chris's hat, the wind suddenly picked up as we made our way along the final summit ridge and put paid to any further softening of the snow. Still a nice run down on firm but grippy snow:



Skinning back up we had to brace every few steps as the wind had really picked up!



Once back on the summit ridge we dropped into the relative shelter of the West face and found surprisingly good snow:





Back down in the valley we put skins on again for the climb back up to our second peak of the day, topping out at 1080m:



Dropping into the North West face the snow was quite wind-affected for 200m then gave way to a monster pitch of perfect soft snow:





All in all a great day, despite some wild weather, with about 1900m of climbing and skiing!
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Our final day in Iceland was forecast to be start even windier and get very very blowy so we opted for a quick morning tour followed by a drive round to a geothermally heated 'infinity pool' with stunning views over the next peninsula. All topped off with a great meal and local beers - not a bad way to end the trip!











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As a final note, I had to fly out of Akureyri to make my connecting flight back to GVA, but the tem drove down to Reykjavik, stopping en route at a natural hot tub - looks amazing!



For reference, we stayed out in Siglufjordur - definitely the most picturesque of the 3 villages on the East coast, good eating options and lots of accommodation options too. Loads of skiing to do from nearby, though we quite often ended up driving back through one or two tunnels towards Olafsfjordur to a start point.
Olafsfjord is definitely THE central point in terms of getting to the skiing, though has far fewer eating options than Siglu or Dalvik.
Dalvik has a great swimming pool, and the café does an amazing fish soup! Feels a bit more industrial than Olafs or Siglu, but again plenty of accommodation options here, eateries slightly more limited than Siglu from what we saw...

One slight downside out here are the heli operators who seem to have free rein on pretty much any summit they want, though in fairness they did divert off a summit we were approaching at onepoint and go and drop at a nearby col. There is definitely potential to have a load of heliskiers dropped just above you though - seems a shame on the easy to access peaks when there is definitely loads of terrain that is harder to access that would be prime for them. It only really bothered us one day though.
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@offpisteskiing, Cheers for the info, much appreciated. I've been pondering a DIY trip out there, just a question of getting a suitable crew together.
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@AndAnotherThing.., it's definitely worth a trip! Drop me an email if you do get a team together and want any extra detail...
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Incredible, bleak, beautiful Icelandic terrain. All alone out there too. Appreciate the guided tour.
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@offpisteskiing, Thanks, that would be really helpful snowHead
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