Frequently asked questions
How many people ski together in a group?
Viking Heliskiing uses the A-Star helicopter in our Private Tours where we operate a group of four people with exclusive use of the helicopter. In our Semi-Private Tours, 2-4 groups share the helicopter.
How many runs can I do in one day?
In our programs we guarantee specific amount of vertical feet skied, on average this is 15,000 vertical feet per day or approximately 7-8 runs. But of course, sky is the limit and we can ski until the sun goes down and the record is 19 runs in one day.
How good skier do I have to be to go heliskiing?
It is a common misconception that skiers must be experts to go heliskiing. We have all kinds of terrain that will fit most types of skiers from relatively flat and easy for the moderate level skiers, all the way to challenging terrain for advanced skiers. Most intermediates capable of skiing ungroomed snow will enjoy a Viking Heliskiing experience.
How are the snow conditions?
Prepare for a variety of snow conditions. You could at any time be skiing fresh powder, the famous Icelandic spring corn snow or fresh and light backcountry snow.
How do I get to Iceland?
Iceland is closer than you think with many regular flights arriving to Keflavik International Airport from all over the world. Average flight times are between three to four hours from most Western European cities and five to seven hours from North America. All inbound international flights land at Keflavik International Airport with the two main airline carriers being Icelandair and WOW Airlines. However, other airlines, such as Easy jet, SAS and Delta also fly into Iceland. Onward flights to northern Iceland depart from Reykjavik Domestic Airport.
How do I get from the International airport to Reykjavik Domestic Airport?
When you arrive in Keflavik International Airport you can either be picked up by a private Viking shuttle (upon request) or simply take a taxi straight to the domestic airport in Reykjavik. As well, there is scheduled bus transportation between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik. This trip takes approximately 40-60 minutes.
How do I book the domestic flight?
Air Iceland flies direct from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Akureyri Airport, closest to Viking Heliskiing. There are five flights daily between Reykjavik and Akureyri and you will find all information about flight times on airicelandconnect.is
How do I get to Siglo Hotel?
Our staff will pick you up in Akureyri Domestic Airport and drive you to our Hotel. This drive will take approximately one hour and is included in all packages. If requested in advance, we can also arrange for a helicopter pick-up in Akureyri, and the flight will take about 20 minutes. The fee is 2,500 euro one way (this is only optional for guests in Private Heliskiing). Then it’s also possible to rent a car at the International Airport in Keflavik and drive to Siglo Hotel and this spectacular drive takes approx. 5 hours.
What kind of helicopter do you use?
Our fleet is made up of the most modern and meticulously maintained helicopters available including both the Ecureuil Astar, AS-350B2 and the AS-350B3.
How significant is the avalanche danger?
There is always some avalanche danger in the mountains. In backcountry skiing, the most important rule is to respect nature and adapt to its conditions. This is why we use only expert professional guides who constantly analyze the snowpack to make decisions that ensure the safety of our guests.
What avalanche safety gear does Viking Heliskiing provide?
Each guest is provided with a high quality transceiver, shovel, probe and as well as an individual avalanche airbag. Your safety and comfort remains our primary concern.
How old do you have to be to go Heliskiing?
All participants under 18 years must have written documents from parents or a legal guardian that allow them to attend a booked tour and that their participation is in accordance with VH terms and conditions.
Do I bring my own ski/snowboard gear?
Guests can of course bring their own gear but Viking Heliskiing has a wide range of K2 skis and poles as well as K2 snowboards available to use at no extra charge. Please check out all the gear we are offering here Guests must bring their own boots and to avoid surprises we recommend that the boots have been used before arrival.
How do I make a reservation?
On our website you will find various options available. Once you have chosen a suitable package, simply press ‘‘Send Request” and we will respond as soon as possible about availability. If the package dates don’t fit your schedule, please do not hesitate to email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on: (+354) 846-1674.
What about the insurance?
To make your heli skiing / heli boarding truly amazing experience with no worries, we recommend that you purchase insurance to cover trip cancellation, property losses and personal injury and medi-evacuation prior to your Viking Heliskiing holiday. We recommend making insurance via Global Rescue as 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 beginning of March to mid-April.
What do we do if the weather is inclement?
If it is unsafe to fly the helicopter, Viking Heliskiing offers the most exciting non-ski activities in Iceland. From whale watching, to sea angling aboard our private yacht to riding iconic Icelandic horses to swimming in natural hot springs, we are surrounded by Iceland’s natural wonders and never short on things to experience.
Why do we measure the experience in vertical feet?
“How much skiing will I ski?” is an oft-asked question. Almost every heli-skiing operation in the world measures in vertical feet (as opposed to flying time) and there is a reason for that. For the last five years in operation we had flight time included in the packages; flight time is measured by each helicopter’s Hobbs meter, which starts running when the helicopter lifts off the ground. However, our experience has shown that measuring flight time is not guest friendly and indeed not representative. It can be confusing, impossible for skiers to keep track of, and it doesn’t tell guests how much actual skiing is being experienced.
By measuring vertical feet skied, we want to guarantee a defined amount, no matter what the conditions. Decisions made by our heli-ski 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 for which you have already paid. Vertical feet is easy to understand and with today´s technology it is simple for individual guests to measure and track their own 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
- 2 pairs of ski gloves or mitts
- 2 hats (1 for colder days and 1 for warmer days)
- 2-3 pairs of ski socks
- Swim suit
- Casual après ski clothes
- Ski goggles
- Water bottles
- Sunscreen and lip protection