Trip Report: Splitboarding Iceland's Troll Peninsula
Words: Mike Handford
Photos: Mark Bridgwater
After a gluttonously self indulgent two months in the USA and Canada hitting just about every huge storm perfectly, it was time for a new adventure. Cam McDermid, who I had now shared a camper van with for going on four months, Mark Bridgwater, Solfrid Gillman, and I set out for a exploratory two week trip into the Northern Peninsulas of Iceland. Dreams of endless views, and peak-to-sea lines filled our heads as we flew across the North Atlantic to the remote island.
Arriving at the start of May, we were greeted with the news from locals that it had been one of the mildest winters in recent memory. Those idealistic plans of riding from the snowfields to the ocean seemed to be gone before we hit the skin track. Not to be deterred, we ventured north towards Iceland’s second largest city Akureyri and the Troll Peninsula.
Having tried to research the terrain around this area prior to our arrival, I’d come up empty handed. A couple of contacts had put me in touch with Steve at Empire Expeditions. He lived up in Siglufjordhur on the northern tip of the Troll Peninsula. We decided to head up for a cup of tea and a chat. This gave us the opportunity to spend the day driving up endless mountain roads to scope zones we had previously plotted on Google Earth. It turned out to be a very productive day as we left with a plan to ride three areas over the next week, and a drone to use. Thanks Steve!