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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.

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.

Björgvin Björgvinsson

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.

Steve – IFMGA, LEAD GUIDE

Steve is an IFMGA/American Mountain Guide hailing from Crested Butte, Colorado. Steve began skiing a the age of 2 in Vermont, progressing to bigger mountains in Colorado and now guides skiing and climbing around the world. Steve’s professional ski background includes 14 years with the Crested Butte Professional Ski Patrol, AIARE Level 3 avalanche training and certification, AIARE Avalanche Safety Course Leader status, Lead Guide at Viking Heliskiing and the Hokkaido Backcountry Club, PSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor and is a member of the American Mountain Guides Association National Instructor Team training the next generation of Mountain and Ski Guides. Steve has set up, operated and guided at backcountry, snowcat and heli ski operations in the US, Canada, Japan, Iceland and in the Alps. Fluid on ski, snowboard and tele skis, Steve can show you the goods and improve your technique while focusing on fun and safety in the mountains.

Björn Ingason

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. Björn is constantly adding new runs to our run map. When Björn is not skiing he works on the local fishing boats catching cod and saving up for winter adventures.

With his passion for skiing and sharing a good time on the mountain, Björn will show you around our backyard with a big smile on his face.

Kata Kristjansdottir

Kata Kristjánsdóttir

Kata is a local to the area, growing up in Akureyri. Ridiculously cheerful, always smiling and a fierce skier.

She started skiing at an early age and competed for the Icelandic Alpine technical Team for many years. She has always had a strong pull towards the backcountry and wilderness which became the reason she quit her racing career and turned towards guiding.

Kata has an Adventure Guide Certificate from TRU and CAA level 1 professional avalanche training. Summers are spent hiking and river rafting, winters and spring, skiing. When she‘s not guiding you‘ll find her somewhere adventuring with her baby girl, Ronja.

Emma

Emma is a certified level 2 ski guide with the Canadian Ski Guides Association. She has been guiding at Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing in Blue River BC since 2015. Emma has honed her passion and talent for skiing in the interior of BC where she grew up at the base of the Purcell and Rocky Mountains.

In the off season you can find her at the end of a chainsaw as she spends her summers fighting fire with the British Columbia Wildfire Service.

When she has the odd moment to relax, expect to find her playing with her dogs Swix and Krao, climbing mountains and riding snowmobiles, constantly seeking the perfect turn.

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.

Heiko Fröhlich

Heiko lives in the countryside of Munich, Germany, close to the Olympic Ski area, Garmisch Partenkirchen, and practically all the great European Alpine Skiresorts. Heiko is the founder and director of a ski- and snowboarding- school, which in the summers offers a variety of outdoor activities.

As highest Level International Ski Instructor, American Mechanized Ski guide (Level II), Trainer and adventure pedagogue, Heiko is very empathic and can improve your technique while focusing on fun and safety in the mountains.

Heiko has been guiding in the Alps for many years and also leads heliski adventures in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kamchatka and Georgia. His passion is skiing in offsite terrain and his philosophy of life is to collect happy moments and share them with others around him.

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

GW Creighton

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.

Anjan Truffer – UIAGM

Anjan was born and raised in Zermatt, Switzerland where he resides with his family and makes a living as a professional mountain guide year around. Since 2014 he has been in charge of the mountain rescue at Air Zermatt.

At the age of 20, Anjan was already a fully certified UIAGM mountain guide and Level 4 ski instructor and he started exploring the world heli skiing in 1996. Over 25 years of experience in skiing and climbing expeditions, opening up countless first descents around the globe, Anjan is always driven in finding the best snow and the coolest lines for his clients. He became the lead guide at the world renowned CMH Valemount lodge in British Columbia in the late 90’s and still enjoys every turn in the white magic.

Guillaume Kollibay

Guillaume is a born and bred Chamoniard. He has been skiing for as long as he can remember. Starting from a young age ski racing, then ski teaching, and now ski guiding.

He is a Moniteur de ski from ENSA and has been working as a ski and snowboard instructor in France for the past 15 years. Guillaume has been roaming the alps from a young age and living in Chamonix has brought him to some of the best and impressive ski lines in the world.

Guillaume has lived in Iceland for the past 6 years and enjoys nothing more than a good spring ski day in Iceland. When he is not skiing you‘ll find him mountain biking or photographing Icelandic nature.

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.

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