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Frequently asked questions

How many people ski/snowboard together in a group?

In our classic packages, each group is composed of four people led by one guide. We then have 2-3 groups sharing a helicopter. In our private packages, we operate with four people and one guide. No other guests use this helicopter.

How many runs can I do in one day?

In our packages, we guarantee a specific amount of vertical feet skied, typically averaging around 15,000 VF per day or approximately 7-8 runs. However, the possibilities are limitless, and we can continue skiing until sunset if conditions allow. Our record stands at 19 runs in a single day.  

Every package includes a set amount of vertical feet. For instance, if you’ve purchased 60,000 VF, you might ski around 20,000 VF one day and 8,000 VF on another, depending on weather and snow conditions each day. We always strive to utilize all the vertical feet included in the package, and our guests can buy extra VF if they wish.

How good of a skier do I have to be to go heliskiing?

Contrary to a common misconception, heliskiing doesn’t require expert skills. On the Troll Peninsula, we offer a variety of terrains suitable for a range of skiers and snowboarders. Whether you prefer relatively flat and gentle slopes or crave more challenging terrain, we’ve got you covered.

What about the snow conditions in the north of Iceland?

Be prepared for a variety of snow conditions. You could be skiing/snowboarding fresh powder, the famous Icelandic spring corn snow or fresh and light backcountry snow at any time during our season.

How do I get to Iceland?

Iceland is closer than you think. With many regular flights arriving at Keflavik International Airport from all over the world, you can be here in just a few hours. Average flight times are between three to four hours from most Western-Central European cities and five to seven hours from North America. Please, see all airline companies flying directly to Keflavík HERE

How do I get from Keflavík International airport (KEF) to Reykjavík Domestic Airport?

When you arrive at Keflavik International Airport, we offer a pick up by a private Viking Heliskiing shuttle (upon request) or you can take a taxi straight to the domestic airport in Reykjavik. There is also scheduled bus transportation between Keflavik Airport and Reykjavík (note that it doesn’t take you directly to Reykjavík Airport but the bus terminal is close by). The drive from KEF Airport to Reykjavík takes about 40 minutes. 

How do I book the domestic flights?

Air Iceland flies directly from Reykjavik domestic airport to Akureyri airport. The flight is about 35 minutes. There are five flights daily between Reykjavik and Akureyri, and you will find information about flight times on https://www.icelandair.com/en-gb/.

How do I get to Sigló Hotel?

Upon arrival, our crew will welcome you at Akureyri domestic airport and drive you to Sigló Hotel in Siglufjörður. The drive takes just over an hour and is a fantastic ride alongside mountains and Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjörður. We also offer helicopter pickup upon request from  Akureyri airport. . The flight takes about 20 minutes and is a great sneak peek at your forthcoming heliskiing adventure with us. The cost is 2,500 EUR one way (for 1-4 passengers). 

Alternatively, you can rent a car at Keflavík International Airport for a 5-hour drive to Siglufjörður. 

What kind of helicopter do you use?

Our fleet consists of the most modern and meticulously maintained helicopters, including the Ecureuil Astar, AS-350B2 and the AS-350B3.

How significant is the avalanche danger?

While you can’t avoid avalanche danger in mountainous terrain, the key rule in backcountry skiing is to respect nature and adapt to its conditions. That’s why we choose our guides carefully. They are professionally trained to analyze the snowpack to make informed decisions, prioritizing the safety of our guests. Your safety is always our top priority.

What avalanche safety gear does Viking Heliskiing provide?

Our partner BCA – Backcountry Access ensures that each of our guests will have the best and safest avalanche gear. The BCA avalanche gear includes a transceiver, shovel, probe, and avalanche airbag. As we always say, your safety is our top priority.

What is the minimum age requirement for Heliskiing?

Guests under 18 years old are welcome. The decision rests with the parents/guardians, who must assess whether the minor is ready and skillful enough for heliskiing. All participants under 18 years old must bring a signed confirmation from a parent or a legal guardian, stating that they are allowed to heliski and that their participation follows Viking Heliskiing’s Terms & Conditions.

Do I need to bring my own ski/snowboard gear?

All our guests are welcome to bring their skiing/snowboarding equipment. On the other side, we have you covered! Our main partner K2 offers you to choose from a wide range of K2 skis and K2 snowboards. In every package, the skiing/snowboarding equipment and the avalanche gear are included; therefore we only ask our guests to bring their own ski/snowboard boots and helmets.

How do I make a reservation?

We offer Classic Heliskiing Package, Private Heliskiing Package, Krossar Private Heliskiing Package and Custom Package. Once you have chosen a suitable package, fill out our short “booking request”, press ‘‘Send Request,” and we will respond as soon as possible about availability. Krossar Private Package and a Custom package are made upon request; therefore, there is no booking request form to fill out.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at info@vikingheliskiing.com or call us at (+354) 618 2222.

What about the insurance?

To make your heliskiing/heliboarding the best experience without worries, we recommend purchasing insurance to cover trip cancellation, property losses, personal injury, and medical evacuation before your Viking Heliskiing holiday. We recommend making insurance via Global Rescue, a trustable company for all our guests.

When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?

The best time to see the Northern Lights is from the beginning of March to mid-April.

What do we do if the weather is inclement?

In case of inclement weather, we offer a variety of adventures and experiences. From whale watching to sea angling to riding iconic Icelandic horses or swimming in natural hot springs. We are surrounded by Iceland’s natural wonders and are never short of things to experience.The town of Siglufjörður also provides exciting activities, including visits to the Herring Museum and brewery tours at the local Segull 67 brewery. 

Why do you measure the experience in vertical feet?

By measuring vertical feet skied, we want to guarantee a defined amount. Decisions made by our heliski guides are influenced by safety concerns, weather, snow conditions and other reasons that might lead to increased flight time but not affect the amount of skiing you have already paid.
Vertical feet are easy to understand, and with today´s technology, it is simple for individual guests to measure and track their skiing.

What should I wear and bring with me?

We recommend the following gear:

  • Well-fitting ski or snowboard boots (not brand new)
  • Waterproof or water-resistant outwear (something that you can layer underneath)
  • Synthetic long underwear (tops and bottoms)
  • Light fleece jacket (ideal for layering)
  • Windproof vest or jacket (ideal for lunchtime)
  • Compact down jacket
  • Two pairs of ski gloves or mitts
  • Two beanies (1 for colder days and 1 for warmer days)
  • 2-3 pairs of skiing/snowboarding socks
  • Swimsuit
  • Helmet
  • Ski goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottles
  • Sunscreen and lip protection