Frequently asked questions
How many people ski/snowboard together in a group?
In our classic packages, we always have four people & one guide per group. Per helicopter, we share 2-3 groups. 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; on average, this equals approximately 15,000 vertical feet per day or around 7-8 runs. But of course, the sky is the limit, and we can ski until the sun goes down. The record we did per day was 19 runs.
Everyone has vertical feet included in the package. If you have 60.000 vertical feet paid, we can ski/snowboard around 20.000 vertical feet one day. On another day, it can be 8.000. We always try heliski/heliboard all vertical feet from the package, and our guests can buy extra vertical feet if they feel like it.
How good skier/snowboarder do I have to be to go heliskiing?
It is a common misconception that skiers/snowboarders must be experts to go heliskiing/heliboarding. Here in Troll Peninsula, we have all kinds of terrain that will fit most skiers/snowboarders. From relatively flat and easy slopes to steep and challenging terrain.
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 just in a couple of 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. The new airline Niceair started to fly directly to Akureyri from Copenhagen and Tenerife in the summer of 2022, and this might be a great way for you to come to us if you live in Europe.
How do I get from the International airport to Reykjavik Domestic Airport?
When you arrive at Keflavik International Airport, you can be picked up by a private Viking Heliskiing shuttle (upon request) or take a taxi straight to the domestic airport in Reykjavik. There is scheduled bus transportation between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik as well (it doesn’t take you directly to Reykjavík airport). This trip takes approximately 40-60 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?
After your travel, our crew will welcome you at Akureyri domestic airport and drive you to the Sigló Hotel in Siglufjörður. This drive takes about 1:15h, and it is a fantastic ride next to the mountains and the longest fjord in Iceland – Eyjafjörður. After request, you can also choose to be picked up by helicopter. This is a 20 minutes long flight, and an epic sneak peek at what awaits you during your heliskiing holiday with us. The cost is 2.500 EUR one way.
You can also rent a can at Keflavík International Airport and drive about 5 hours 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?
Although there is always an avalanche danger in the mountains, in backcountry skiing, the most important rule is to respect nature and adapt to its conditions. That’s why we work only with expert and professional guides who constantly analyse the snowpack to make decisions that ensure the safety of our guests. Your safety is 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.
How old do you have to be to go Heliskiing?
We welcome guests under 18 years as well. The approximate age is around ten years if the child is a good skier/snowboarder. It is up to the parents to decide. All participants younger than 18 must bring signed confirmation from a parent or a legal guardian that they are allowed to heliski/heliboard, and that their participation follows Viking Heliskiing 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?
We always offer our guests the best additional activities if the weather is not in our favour and we cannot fly with helicopters. Our guests can choose horseback riding, whale watching, beer spa, natural hot springs, local brewery tour, herring museum, and more. Iceland offers us a lot with its own natural habitat.
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
- Ski goggles
- Water bottles
- Sunscreen and lip protection