|Q: How do I get to Iceland?|
| A: There are direct flights from over 20 cities in Western Europe, the USA and Canada to Iceland. It takes about 2-3 hours to fly from
Europe and about 5 hours from the East Coast of North America. There are two main carriers, Icelandair which services destinations on both sides of the Atlantic and Iceland Express flying to European destinations. All these flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport in the south part of the country. Private jets and
charters can land at Akureyri airport in the North, only 45 min away from our Lodge.
|Q: How do I get to Akureyri?|
|A: Ones you arrive in Keflavik in the south a 30 min bus or taxi ride will bring you to the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. If you are planning to spend a few days in Reykjavik you can send us an enquiry about which Hotels are the best and what to do around town. If you are desperate for some turns and want to get straight to the goods you catch an internal flight from Reykjavik to the town of Akureyri in the North 45min. Reykjavik airport is in the center of town and most buses from the International airport will drop you of there. There are up to 10 flights daily with Air Iceland or you can charter your own ride with Eagle Air Iceland straight from Keflavik International airport to Akureyri. If you are a full Semi Private group of 8 skiers the Eagle Air charter ends up being a better and faster deal for sure.|
|Q: Where is the Troll Peninsula?|
|A: The Troll's can be found in the North of Iceland. The Peninsula juts north into the Arctic Ocean North West of the town of Akureyri. Simply visit the Map Room on this site for further information.|
|Q: What is the terrain like?|
| A: The Troll Peninsula is every skier's dreamland with about 90% of the mountains
skiable, meaning there are not many cliff faces or flat spots. The mountains are the perfect mix of steep to very steep couloirs and faces to wide open low angled glacier runs.
There are plenty of slopes for skiers of all abilities from very extreme terrain suitable for the pro riders to nice and friendly areas for the first time heli skier. The Mountains of the Troll's are up to 1500m or 5000ft high but you can in many cases ski that entire vertical all the way down to the ocean. The average heli ski run is around 1000m or 3300ft in vertical drop.
Due to our northerly position there is no tree skiing in Iceland, in fact the local joke is that if you get lost in an Icelandic forest you just have to stand up. So if you are scared of big nasty tree wells Iceland will feel pretty safe.
|Q: What are snow conditions like?|
| A: The snow pack is predominantly coastal and in the springtime we are skiing
excellent corn snow for the most parts with the occasional powder dump late into the season. What really makes the snow good is the small temperature difference between night and day which makes for
perfect corn snow, never to deep and never to hard.
This also means we have for the most parts very stable snow in terms of avalanche danger so we can ski steeper and more exposed lines than you would normally do heli skiing.
Another good thing about our great corn skiing is that skiers that would usually not dare venture on a heli skiing trip where deep powder skiing skills are a must can come here and enjoy them self's just as much as the expert.
|Q: What is the weather like?|
| A: April and May tend to be stable in terms of wind and precipitation on the
Troll Peninsula with long spells of calm, but there are also storms that can last for a day. Bad weather happens and you must be aware of the fact that you are up in the high Arctic in the middle of
the Atlantic Ocean. This is all a part of your adventure heli skiing experience.
Our position in the middle of the Atlantic also means that bad weather never lasts for long with fast moving low-pressure areas striking and than leaving as fast as they arrived. Temperatures in April and May are mild, usually around 0 degrees Celcius up in the mountains but can rise up to 10 degrees on a good day but drop to minus 10 on a cold day.
All that said there is another Icelandic saying that goes like this "If you do not like the weather in Iceland, just wait 5 minutes"
|Q: Why choose Arctic Heli Skiing?|
| A: - Adventure of a lifetime
- Chance to ski first descents right down to the Arctic Ocean
- Closest adventure heli skiing destination to both sides of the Atlantic
- Exclusive Heli ski packages with maximum 8 guests per week
- Ski basking in the rays of the midnight sun at 00:00hrs
- Iceland's only certified Mountain Guides and heli ski experts
- Canadian certified heli ski guides and pilots
- Unique cultural experience
- First descents, volcano's, hot springs, awesome food and company
|Q: Can I really ski all the way down to the Arctic Ocean|
|A: Yes you can and it is definitely one of the highlights of our operation. We have plenty of runs with a vertical descent of 1000 meters or 3300 feet with pick ups right on the coast line.|
|Q: Can I be reached at the Lodge?|
| A: Yes. The Klængshóll Lodge phone number is +354 466 1519. There is a wireless high speed internet connection at the lodge so you can
check emails etc. There is also mobile phone coverage at the lodge.
|Q: Can non-skiers come to?|
|A: Yes we can accommodate a certain number of non skiers at the lodge and they are more than welcome to join you on your heli ski trip. There are plenty of interesting activities around, but simply relaxing at the lodge or in one of the regions geothermal baths will usually do just fine. Advice us at the time of booking if a non-skier would like to join the group and we will do our best to accommodate you.|
|Q: When is the best time to ski?|
|A: April and May would be high season and the best chance of getting the goods, but March and even June in some years can provide great skiing.|
|Q: Do I bring my own skis?|
|A: Yes. For this season we will not be providing ski rentals. As for type of ski best suited for our conditions a mid fat to fat ski, and not to soft, would be the ideal. In case of skis getting lost during your travels we have spare sets available. If you take your skis to the shop for a tune up before your trip make sure to ask for a warm temp wax. We do have a small ski shop for repairs and hot waxing at the lodge in case of repairs or someone not advancing downhill due to the No Wax problem.|
|Q: How good do you have to be?|
|A: It depends on a few things such as your group and program, but every skier needs to be a fit intermediate skier and be able to ski under control in off-piste terrain.|
|Q: What about skiers with special dietary needs?|
|A: Please advice us by making note of any special needs or allergies on your booking form when reserving your trip. If we know in advance we can prepare and accommodate you no matter what your dietary needs are.|
|Q: What happens if the weather is bad?|
|A: Yes bad weather happens and you must be aware of the fact that you are up in the high Arctic in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. But fear not for we have prepared some great down day activities. Visiting Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve with all its volcano's, hot springs and bubbling mud pools is just one of those plans. You will also have the oportunity to experience the great local culture and dip into one of the regions many geothermal baths. If you end up skiing all your days on the Troll Peninsula you will most likely want to come back for all the great down day activities.|
|Q: What kind of helicopter will we fly in?|
|A: We use a AS 350 B2 Ecureuil Astar. This is the work horse of most heli ski operations, powerful, safe and reliable. Our pilots have thousands of logged flight hours in difficult Arctic conditions and are sought after all over the world for their skills and training.|
|Q: Is the skiing as good as everybody says?|
|A: Yes it is but what makes the whole trip worth while is great skiing mixed with a great cultural adventure and visiting Iceland. the land of fire and ice.|
| Q: Are the guides experienced heli ski guides?
|A: Our guides are all certified to the highest industry standard in the world. They are for the most parts Canadian trained and work heli ski guiding in Canada the birth place of heli skiing in the winters. Arctic Heli Skiing operates in acordance to Canadian heli skiing standards. Click for Guide profiles.|