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Tröllaskagi (Troll Peninsula), which lies between the fjords Skagafjörður and Eyjafjorður, has a sweeping mountainous landscape, with some mountain peaks climbing more than 1,400 metres above sea level. Rivers and glaciers created several deep valleys throughout the peninsula. Tröllaskagi offers opportunities for numerous outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing in winter, fishing, and whale-watching. It is also home to some charming towns.
Overhead view of a quaint fjord-side town, dotted with vibrant, colorful houses nestled amidst the natural landscape

The Troll Peninsula is situated in northern Iceland and is characterised by its dramatic mountains, deep valleys, and steep cliffs. The terrain results from volcanic and glacial activity, giving rise to majestic peaks and beautiful fjords. Travellers visit the region for its breathtaking natural beauty.

Best time to visit
All year round
Distance from Reykjavík
375 km ( 233 mi)

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Mountains and Fjords of the North

Ski from the impressive summits to the ocean along the renowned Troll peninsula in the north of Iceland, a bucket-list trip for avid skiing enthusiasts! Tröllaskagi (Troll peninsula) is Iceland's #1 ski destination – and for an excellent reason, the terrain is fantastic. Picture yourself skiing to the ocean, cruising down the slopes in relatively stable conditions. Expect a demanding 6-day tour not intended for beginners; there will be long days, steep runs, and plenty of feel-good slopes. This is a small group tour with 4-12 participants, and you can expect 3-8 hours of skiing per day. All transportation is included, as is full board with meals and cottage accommodation. Furthermore, a local expert guide who knows the ins and outs of living and skiing in Iceland and will keep you informed and safe during the tour.

From €2,163/person

Towns and Villages of Tröllaskagi

Siglufjörður

Just a one-hour drive from Akureyri, you will find scenic Siglufjörður, the northernmost town on the island. It’s’ easy to swoon over this beautiful harbour town with its effortless charm and bustling marina, which is home to much of the activity in the village. There, you will find restaurants, cafes, and a few museums focusing on local history, including the herring industry, folk music, and shipbuilding.

For much of the year, the town of less than 2,000 is quiet as it endures a sometimes-punishing winter with wind that feels like it’s cutting through you. That said, skiers are attracted to the region, and there are a couple of trails to enjoy. In the summer, however, the town comes alive with exhibitions, concerts, and packed coffeehouses and restaurants.

One of the main attractions in Siglufjörður is the Herring Era Museum. The leading exhibition is in a large red building named Róaldsbrakki, a former Norwegian salting station built in 1907. Inside are interactive exhibits of photographs and film clips showing how fish was processed and salted, which was the source of the town’s livelihood for generations. There’s a boat inside, along with a lot of fishing gear and equipment. It’s’ clear that great care went into creating this museum. If you’re in town, this is worth a visit.

Dalvík

Dalvík is a small fishing town perhaps best known to tourists as the gateway to Grímsey and Hrísey islands, as the ferry to those places departs from the Dalvík harbour. But it’s’ also a great summer spot for hikers up for the challenge of navigating the hilly and mountainous landscape around the town. In the winter, skiers have numerous opportunities to take to the slopes.

A unique attraction outside of Dalvik is the Beer Spa, owned and operated by local brewery Kaldi, which offers daily brewery tours. The Beer Spa features seven spa tubs (maximum two people) made from Kambala wood that are full of beer for a relaxing soak. Guests have 25 minutes to soak in the beer bath and then head to a relaxation room for another 25 minutes. The Beer Spa is located 12 kilometres southeast of Dalvík.

Hrísey

Hrísey is a tranquil island situated in the Eyjafjörður fjord, accessible by a short ferry ride from Dalvik. The island is known for its peaceful atmosphere, beautiful scenery, and opportunities for bird-watching; it’s ‘particularly famous for its large population of Arctic terns.

Hrísey was established as a herring station and is today’s significant tourist draw. Known as the “pearl of Eyjafjörður,” the island, 35 kilometres north of Akureyri, is 7.5 kilometres long and 2.4 kilometres wide. Just 200 people call the island home. Its population soars during the summer months when ferries full of tourists come to shore.

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