a letter from your guide

Steve Banks, Director of Mountain Guide Operations

Heli-Skiing in Iceland is an unforgettable experience. Long descents over the North Atlantic Ocean are punctuated by never ending sunsets. Limitless terrain ignites new exploration in even the most seasoned of skiers. Long daylight hours allow us to choose the best time of day to ski given the weather and snow conditions. Early season and stormy periods equal powder skiing in a maritime climate, while long sunny days transition the snow into perfect corn skiing. Skiing, however, is just part of the Icelandic adventure. Sea kayaking in the fjords, riding the famed Icelandic horses, whale watching, puffin chasing, surfing and exploring the unique volcanic terrain of the world’s youngest land mass are also on tap. Add the fact that hot springs are around nearly every corner make Iceland a bucket-list destination.

What will your trip look like?

Runs average 3,000 vertical feet. Think huge couloirs. Vast valleys that scream for first tracks. And with Iceland’s unique weather and long days, you can ski through dinner. Massages back at Deplar are a must, as you’ll want to push your ski legs to max output. “Best day ever” is easy here. And during inclement, no-fly weather days, go cat skiing or hot-spring hopping.

day 1

Ride the sweeping valleys surrounding Deplar Farm. Terrain has warm-up runs on all aspects, allowing you to discover Icelandic helicopter skiing and get a full sense of what to expect in the coming days.

day 2

The ocean views that run to the north are screen-saver worthy. Spend the day zig-zagging through fjords and valleys with constant views of the cobalt-blue North Atlantic Ocean.

day 3

Head south. Today you dive deep into the heart of the Troll Peninsula. The mountains here are slightly taller and sprinkled with pocket glaciers that keep the snow cold and fresh. No signs of civilization. Just show-me-how-its-done, untouched runs.

day 4

Perfect your end game in style. Ski varying terrain en route to the airport (sigh). With big, bold runs and narrow technical chutes just above the airport, consider this your muse to maverick style. Finish on the tarmac, where you switch from helicopter to fixed wing and depart the Troll Peninsula. With this once-in-a-lifetime send off, we bet you’ll be back.

packing list

  • Helmet
  • Warm ski hat, baseball hat
  • Goggles (high and low-light lenses)
  • Sunglasses
  • Outerwear (ski jacket and pants)
  • Ski boots (backcountry)
  • Ski socks
  • Gloves or mittens (heavy and lightweight pair)
  • Warm layers for top and bottom: capilene, wool, fleece
  • Bathing suit (you might just find hot springs while skiing!)
  • Avalanche safety gear will be provided to you

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