Heli-, Backcountry- and Catskiing

Iceland is a world class destination for ski touring, backcountry skiing, cat-skiing, heli-skiing and ski mountaineering. The centre of activity is the Troll Peninsula in northern Iceland with vertical descents of up to 1500m or almost 5000ft, endless number of peaks and slopes for all abilities with abundant snow fall make this a paradise for skiers and mountaineers.

The season lasts from the end of February until the beginning of June, and with the continual daylight of the Arctic Sun overhead and mild temperatures, snow conditions remain favourable with great corn skiing and the occasional powder dump well into June.

The fact that the Troll Peninsula is surrounded by the Arctic Ocean makes for incredible opportunities of skiing right down to the ocean on stable coastal snowpack but also adds the excitement of Arctic weather and conditions. Iceland is a true adventure skiing destination.

For safety reasons we strongly recommend that you contact and use the services of our local guides and companies. 

Tour operators

  • Bergmenn Mountain Guides

    Bergmenn Mountain Guides is an Icelandic company specializing in custom made mountain adventures in Iceland, Greenland and around the globe. Bergmenn Mountain Guides are the only guiding company in Iceland and Greenland offering the services of certified UIAGM-IFMGA Mountain Guides. Jökull Bergmann the founder and lead guide is Iceland's first and only UIAGM-IFMGA certified mountain guide. Bergmenn specialize in ski touring, ski mountaineering, heli skiingice climbingalpine climbing and other mountain related activities such as teaching courses, and doing consulting work in the mountain guiding, mountain rescue and adventure tourism industry. The goal of Bergmenn Mountain Guides is to provide to you, the best service available, with the highest level of safety and certification in the industry of mountain guiding in the Arctic North.  

  • Viking Heliskiing

    Here at Viking Heliskiing, we specialize in heliski trips in the north part of Iceland. Our headquarters are located in Ólafsfjorður and the Tröllaskagi (the Troll peninsula) is our main heli-skiing area. We will guide you through a world class skiing area with thousands of slopes waiting for their first descents at all levels of skiing.

    The founders of Viking Heliskiing, Jóhann H. Hafstein and Björgvin Björgvinsson, are both former Olympic ski racers who competed for their country on the Icelandic National Skiing Team. After retiring from the race scene they have transitioned their focus to engage in big mountain skiing and freeriding while obtaining their AMSG ski guide certifications.

    Viking Heliskiing has a powerful team of skillful and experienced heliskiing guides, specializing in challenging conditions. At Viking we are more than just a team of professional guides, we are a big group of friends that make relation to our guests. We focus on small groups and high quality in our operation with our guest's safety and enjoyment as top priorities. Our dedication is to provide unforgettible ski holiday to our guests. To be able to do that, we have put together a special team of professional, experienced and qualified heliskiing guides.

    Our pilots are some of the most experienced in the industry allowing us to safely and steadily access and land on top of the best lines in all of Iceland. It is not common to be able to ski down the mountain to a helicopter sitting by the ocean-side before taking you back up again, but here at Viking Heliskiing we can provide that and other amazing experiences.

    During extra sunny days or down days, or even after a day of skiing, we love taking our guests out on Skjöldur our 28’ ft boat. Skjöldur, or “the shield” is perfect to relax on while whale-watching, or even to gear up and scuba dive off of. Just north of Ólafsfjorður and south of the Arctic Circle is a world famous diving spot where you can dive between two continents. The bay here in Ólafsfjorður is also great for surfing when the winds and weather are right. Here at Viking Heliskiing, we would like to provide many opportunities and experiences while staying with us in our beautiful guest cabins and lodge.

  • Arctic Heli Skiing

    Arctic Heli Skiing is operated by Bergmenn Mountain Guides on the Troll Peninsula in Northern Iceland. After operating ski touring and ski mountaineering trips on the Troll Peninsula for the past 15 years we have now extended our program to Heli Skiing. The potential for world class down hill skiing is mind blowing with thousands of slopes and peaks waiting for their first descent with vertical descents of up to 1500m or almost 5000ft.

    Our vast terrain covers more than 4000 square kilometers, or 1500 square miles of breathtaking Arctic mountains with terrain that suits every skiers ability be it extreme couloirs or wide open glaciers. Our position just below the Arctic Circle with the mountains rising straight out of the sea allows for a skiing experience of a lifetime, skiing all the way down to the ocean basking in the rays of the Midnight Sun. This can give the concept of night skiing a whole new meaning.

  • Catskiing and catboarding

    Sporttours are the first operators of Cat Skiing and Cat Boarding in Iceland. We operate in the extreme mountains at “Tröllaskagi” Troll Peninsula. Troll Peninsula is located in the Northern part of Iceland just below the Arctic Circle. The uniqueness of this area is obviously the fact that you can ski from top to bottom, literally! The mountains rise from the ocean that gives you a chance of skiing all the way down to sea level.

    Skiing/Snowoarding: A full day of backcountry Cat Skiing/ Cat Boarding in our area.

    Mountain Meals: A gourmet high mountain lunch that is eaten between runs. Snacks and drinks are also in the Snowcat to keep your energy up for the whole day.

    Guiding: One guide for every 8-10 riders. The guide goes in front of you choosing the safest and best route for each run.

  • Snowmobile tours

    There is nothing like snowmobiling in Iceland. Breathtaking is a word most often used by snowmobilers as they sit on a snow covered knoll, shadowed by the mountains in the Troll Peninsula in Northern Iceland, watching the northern lights dance across the sky in the winter or riding in the mild temperature in the spring and the continual daylight of the arctic sun. The view is unmatched, the experience unforgettable. The land of fire and ice rewards those who brave the elements with an experience like no other.

    Two hour snowmobile tours from Akureyri (one hour snowmobile ride). Tour suitable for beginners up to advanced. Scheduled tours every day at 13:00 other times available upon request. Pickup from accommodation available 30 min. before. Spectacular scenery and an unforgettable experience
    • Not included: Personal insurance
    • For snowmobiling you need a valid drivers license
    • Price pr. person 21.000- ISK and 9.000- ISK extra for a single ride
    • When booking odd number (3,5,7..) Then one has to pay extra for single ride
    • Season: December – May, according to weather and snow conditions
    • Reservations in advance is required, 2 person or minimum rate

  • Arcticfreeride

    Arctic Freeride specializes in snowcat trips in the North part of Iceland. Our headquarters are located in Ólafsfjörður and the mountain Múlakolla is our main catskiing area, a world class skiing area with many slopes.