- Sport levelAdvanced
- Spoken languagesEnglish, Icelandic
- Duration4-7 days
- Opening seasons:
Scandic Mountain Guides offer ski touring trips in Iceland from 17th March until 30th May. The skiing area in Iceland, the Troll Peninsula, has endless options for heli-assisted ski touring.
This package is the perfect combination of ski touring and heliskiing where you'll use a helicopter to access several different ski touring destinations.
Whether you are skiing from the mountain tops all the way down to the ocean or enjoying skiing in different valleys between the high mountains inland, each day is a new experience! The great advantage about this package is the flexibility and use of the helicopter to access the best skiing areas. Another great addition is the option to add extra heli drops at the end of the day when the helicopter comes back to retrieve the group.
Each day starts with a helicopter drop to access the ski touring areas. That way you get a good warm up run and get your legs working. Then the group will start skinning up to the next mountain top and normally continuing on to do 1 or 2 long ski touring runs each day in the beautiful fjords. You'll be able to enjoy lunch stops somewhere along the way. At the end of the last ski touring run the helicopter will pick up the group again to do the last ride back down to the Lodge, where you will have a relaxing après ski and swap of stories about the incredible day.
After a great day in the mountains, it is possible to bathe in Iceland's comfortable, hot natural baths in an unforgettable environment or go to the great swimming pools that are located close to the Lodge. It is also possible to go on the private boat after the ski tour, where you'll try to find some whales to watch swimming around. You can even try sea angling to catch some cod.
→ You are automatically refunded for the full activity price
2) Cancellation between 90 and 60 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a refund of 75% of your total booking value
3) Cancellation between 60 and 30 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a refund of 50% of your total booking value
4) Cancellation after 30 days prior to the agreed activity starting date → No refund will be made
Scandic Mountain Guides is located in Ólafsfjörður Valley that is known for its snowy and beautiful winters. The town Ólafsfjörður is one of the northernmost towns in Iceland, surrounded by towering mountains on all sides. The Scandic Lodge is 7 km into the Valley from the town.
The Scandic Mountain Guides Lodge is located in Hóll, a farm in Ólafsfjörður. The Logde is surrounded by towering mountains on all sides where you can, for the last run of the day, ski right down to it.
The Lodge consists of the dining area, where the chef prepares top notch food for the guests. You will enjoy gourmet meals based on fresh Icelandic foods, such as goose, lamb and arctic char. After an active day in the mountains, it is ideal to sit down in the living room and unwind with a glass of wine or a pint of an Icelandic beer. In the Lodge there are four double rooms for eight guests.
The trips are scheduled for:
- 17th March to 21st March
- 22nd March to 26th March
- 27th March to 31st March
- 1st April 1st to 5th April
- 6th April to 10th April
- 11th April to 15th April
- 16th April to 20th April
- 21st April to 25th April
- 26th April to 30th April
- 1st May to 5th May
- 6th May to 10th May
- 11th May to 15th May
- 16th May to 20th May
- 21st May to 25th May
- 26th May to 30th May
The day of arrival - the day before the tour starts:
Upon request you can be picked up at Akureyri Airport and driven to the Lodge. When the check-in at the Lodge has been completed, you'll have a short meeting with the staff and the guides. After the meeting dinner will be served. In the evening you can relax and enjoy a drink and some snacks while looking at the program for the coming tour.
The days to come:
Ready for a new and an amazing adventure? You'd better be! You're staying with Scandic Guides and are about to have a truly an experience of a lifetime. After breakfast there will be a short briefing regarding avalanche safety and beacon training and ski-/snowboard equipment adjustment, so that everyone is ready. You'll also have a regular helicopter briefing. Then the fun starts; ski touring, heli-skiing, exploring new lines and enjoying the breathtaking view, while skiing down to the Arctic Ocean.
Terrain selection is determined by the guides and is based on avalanche assessment, weather and the skiing ability of the group. Your safety is number one priority. After detaching the skis each day you can enjoy some of the adventure packages on offer, e.g. whale watching, sea angling on a private boat or horseback riding on the great Icelandic horse. It is also possible to bathe in Iceland's nicest nature baths in an unforgettable environment or go to the local swimming pools.
The other options is simply to sit down at the Lodge to relax and unwind with a glass of wine or a pint of beer. Later in the evening the group will have dinner together at the Lodge and discuss the great adventures of the day. In case of a bad weather and down days you have a great opportunity to explore Iceland in a different way. You are able to enjoy all the activities we have to offer.
This is the last day of the tour. After breakfast you'll head out to the mountains with the helicopter to enjoy your last day. When you arrive back to the Lodge, you can take a shower or simply jump in the hot tub before enjoying the final drink. You'll then be driven back to Akureyri where you can either go straight to the airport or spend some time exploring Akureyri.
Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Iceland is close to both Europe and North America. Average flight times are between 3-4 hours from most Western European cities and 5-7 hours from North America. All international flights to Iceland go through Keflavik International Airport located just outside of Reykjavik. The two main airlines that fly direct to Iceland are Icelandair and WOW Airlines. However, other airlines, such as Easy jet, SAS and Delta also fly into Iceland.
You can book your domestic flight from Reykjavik Airport to Akureyri Airport with Air Iceland. There are five flights daily between Reykjavik and Akureyri and you will find all information about flight times on www.airiceland.is
Scandic staff will pick you up in Akureyri Domestic Airport and drive you to the lodge. This drive will take approximately one hour.
If you choose to drive from Keflavik International Airport to the Scandic Lodge, the drive will take approximately 5 hours, which is why it's recommended for you to take the short domestic flight to Akureyri Airport.
Please contact the team in advance if you wish to rent skis, skins or ski poles. They offer high quality K2 gear for guests to rent at a low price.
- 5 days guided ski touring
- 5 nights’ accommodation at Hóll Lodge
- All meals; breakfast, lunch, and dinners
- Guide services with professional mountain guides
- Safety and avalanche rescue training
- All ground transportation in the skiing area and pickup/drop off at Akureyri Airport
- Daily heli drop off & pick up (1 in the morning, 1 in the afternoon)
- International and domestic airfares
- Personal insurance
- Wine and spirits
- Equipment rental
- A pair of ski boots that fit well (not brand new)
- Water proof or water resistant outerwear (something that you can put layers underneath)
- 2 pairs of ski gloves or mittens
- 2 hats (one for colder days and one for warmer days)
- Synthetic long underwear (tops and bottoms)
- A backpack 30-50 liters
- Water bottles
- Ski socks (2-3 pairs)
- A windbreaker vest or a jacket (ideal for lunchtime)
- A light fleece jacket (ideal for layering)
- Sunscreen and lip protection
- Sunglasses and ski goggles
- Skis/split board with touring bindings, skins and ski poles
- An avalanche transceiver, a probe and a shovel
- A camera/video/GoPro
- A compact down jacket
- Casual clothes to wear during the stay at the Lodge