Troll Peninsula, Iceland

Keep a look out for hidden folk and magical beings in Northern Iceland’s Troll Peninsula (Tröllaskagi), which lies between the fjords of Skagafjörður and Eyjafjorður; its dramatic landscape is sprinkled liberally with mossy meadows, remote farmhouses and natural hot springs. It’s home to the country’s most northerly town Siglufjörður, which sits at the foot of steep mountains; visit in the summer to hike the trails that surround this remote fishing port. For a hit of history, stop by the petite Emigration Centre museum in 16th-century trading port town Hofsós. The true behemoths in this mystical spot are its vertiginous peaks; head here for hiking, skiing, frigid surfing, whale-watching, under the soft glow of the midnight sun in the summer.

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When to go

From November to April, the peninsula’s temperature hovers around freezing (or drops just below); July and August highs reach the low teens. For peak skiing conditions, visit in April and May. It’s possible to spot whales off the coast from early April to late November, and your best chances for catching the Northern Lights are between November and March (avoid the time around the full moon).

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Planes from across Europe and North America land at Reykjavik’s Keflavik International Airport, a five hour’s drive away. You can also hope a 40-minute flight from Keflavik International Airport to Akureyri, which is about an hour away from Troll Peninsula by car. Ring up our Smith24 team and they’ll happily sort out flights for you.
  • Automobiles

    From Reykjavik, it’s a five-hour drive to Troll Peninsula; snow cover can slow things down in the winter, and a four-wheel drive vehicle is a must.