Our heliskiing guides
At Viking Heliskiing we aim to be the best at what we do. We take our guests’ safety very seriously and in the process have put together a strong team of skilful, experienced and UIAGM/IFMGA, ACMG and NAMSG certified guides who follow the strict standards of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association. Our guides will not only secure your safety but also provide excellent terrain selection for the group based on skiing abilities. Our guides are not only experts at evaluating and minimizing risk, they’re also a lot of fun. We focus on small groups and high quality with our guests’ safety and enjoyment top priorities. Our ultimate goal is to provide an unforgettable and pleasurable ski holiday for our guests and to be able to do so, we use the best guides in the business.
JÓHANN H. HAFSTEIN
OWNER, FOUNDER, OPERATIONAL MANAGER, NAMSG
Jóhann is one of two founders and owners of Viking Heliskiing. In recent years he has worked as Lead Guide of the operation but has now taken over the Operational manager position of the company. Jóhann’s passion is freeriding and seeking new alpine adventures. Even though he has skied all over the world the Troll Peninsula remains his favorite; this is where Jóhann has gained a unique expertise of the surrounding area. Jóhann is also a former member of the Icelandic Alpine technical Team. He competed at the Olympic Games in Nagano in 1998 and raced in World Cups for Iceland.
OWNER, FOUNDER, LEAD GUIDE, NAMSG
Björgvin is one of two founders and owners of Viking Heliskiing. For many years Björgvin has worked as Operational Manager at Viking but has now turned into a Lead Guide for the operation. He has explored the Troll Peninsula most of his life and has an intimate knowledge of the area as a local guide. Björgvin is a former member of the Icelandic Alpine technical Team. He competed in three Olympic Games, six World Championships, won the Junior World Cup in 1998 at Chamonix, won the Oceania Championships three times, raced in many World Cups and won the Icelandic Championship more than 30 times.
TYLER JONES, UIAGM / IFMGA
Tyler has achieved his full guide certification in the disciplines of Ski, Rock and Alpine. Tyler has been on 13 expeditions to the Alaska Range, including solo trips, several notable ski descents, and an ascent of the Cassin Ridge. He has also skied first descents on Mt. Shakara in the Republic of Georgia, climbed the Nose of El Capitan (Yosemite), in one day, and spent several ice-climbing seasons in the Canadian Rockies.
STEFAN KREUZER, CSGA / ACMG / CAA
Stefan is an ultra-experienced and professional mountain- and ski-guide with more than 30 years’ experience in the ski industry. He began as a ski instructor, continued as a professional ski patroller and over the last 20 years Stefan has been guiding at heli- and cat-skiing in British Columbia, Canada. Stefan is a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association and has been an instructor and examiner for the Canadian Ski Guide Association since 2007.
GW has been skiing as long as he has been walking. Growing up he ski raced and competed in freestyle skiing where he spent a number of seasons as a member of the U.S. Ski Team. He lives in Alaska where he works as a heli ski guide in the winters and a cabin builder in the summers. GW is a certified guide with Heliski U.S. and holds a level II avalanche certification. GW has called Iceland his home in the spring the past three years and has a great sense of the snow and terrain on the troll peninsula. He is as happy and comfortable leading guest in the helicopter as he is with big days of ski touring. No matter the weather or snow conditions you will find GW skiing with a big smile on his face.
Björn is a true native of the Troll peninsula and grew up with skis on his feet. Björn is a certified ski guide with the Canadian Ski Guide Association (Level 1)
Björn has been guiding with Viking since day one and knows the terrain here better than most, with numerous first descents and an impressive ski touring resume. When Björn is not skiing he works on the local fishing boats catching cod and saving up for winter adventures. Björn also has a B.S degree in fishing science and will happily tell you the ins and outs of the Icelandic fishing industry. Björn will show you around our backyard with a big smile on his face.
Pelle Lang, UIAGM / IFMGA
Pelle Lang is the owner and founder of the Skiers Lodge in La Grave, France. Pelle has over 35 years experience in off-piste skiing in Chamonix and La Grave, France, Alaska-Valdez, Canada, USA, Russia, Italy, India and in the north of Sweden and Norway. He is a fully qualified IFMGA mountain guide with the French Brevet d´État d´Alpinisme, Diplome de Guide de Haute Montagne, Pisteur-SLAO, Pro Am mogul racer, Nordic ski extreme racer. Winner of the Derby de la Meije ind/team
DANIEL COQUOZ, UIAGM / IFMGA
Daniel is a 37 years old UIAGM Licensed Guide from Verbier in Switzerland. He has been ski guiding for many years in Verbier and other places in Europe. Of course his favourite discipline is off-piste skiing but he also likes guiding ice climbing and canoeing. Daniel is passionate about guiding in extreme conditions and has for the last years worked independently as a mountain guide, all year round.