Iceland

Heli-ski, Whale watching, Snorkeling,
Midnight skiing off a sailboat in Iceland
May 23 - 30, 2019

Dates: May 23 - 30, 2019
Seven seats only!

Total Price:

$12,600

4 Spots still available!


Deposit: $500.00 USD due at time of booking.

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Sailboat heliskiing is designed and tailor-made for explorers and adventurers who want to enjoy the luxury of transit between towering fjords bringing the “lodge” with them. Discover the ultimate landscape, explore both worlds while sailing on a sailboat and skiing your way back to the sailboat at the end of the day. Imagine the possibility you have with the sailboat and the helicopter ready to take you wherever you want to ski!

The sailboat (Schooner) will be waiting for you at Ólafsfjörður harbour where our crew will welcome the group on board. The group will head out to sea and be on a constant move between the fjords in the Troll Peninsula during the upcoming days. The group will stay and dine in the boat and our helicopter will be waiting at the shore when the group chooses to head out for heliskiing.

This Private sailboat and heliskiing package requires and is operated with groups of 2-8 persons (minimum 4 paid seats), including an exclusive use of the helicopter and the sailboat.

Kate’s camp is all-inclusive:

Inclusions: 
      • Helicopter flight time (5 hours/5 days)
      • Accommodation at Viking Heliskiing             
        Sailboat (Schooner)
      • All meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      • Aprés ski snacks
      • Guide services
      • Daily yoga and meditation
      • Two personal coaching sessions per guest with Kate
      • Safety training and use of safety gear (BCA)
      • K2 free-ride skis/snowboard/K2 ski poles
      • Sea hunting and Sea angling
      • All transportation in the skiing area and to
        the sailboat is free of charge
      • Pickup/drop-off at Akureyri airport.

Exclusions: 
  • Culture in the city: one day and two nights in Reykjavik 
  • Culture in the city: one day exploring Richard Sera's installation on Videy Island
  • International and domestic airfares
  • Personal insurance
  • Wine and spirits
  • Massage.
  • Airbag and Ski rental
  • Gratuities

Iceland's snowpack in late May is super solid, so we basically get to ski wherever we want, steep or rolling, long runs in the corn snow all the way back to the sailboat. Our small, dedicated group of no more than 8 people will get to ski with guide Stephan Kreutzer and Kate Howe, getting all the individual attention you could hope for, while experiencing the ultimate freedom of this incredible landscape.
What about slowing down the group? Isn’t instruction a lot of talking? Good question! We like to ski when we are on the snow, not talk. Kate has been coaching skiing in both Heli and Cat operations for a decade, and trust us, she likes to rip the snow rather than talk about it.

Tech talk and most instruction comes in the cat or heli in between runs, with a focus for you at the top, and a review at the bottom. In the afternoons, video review and tech questions will help continue to clear up technical foundations, enabling you to ski with more ease and less frustration or fear on the next run.

Short tips will be given along the way to individual students, never lectures on snow.

I’m not good with tech stuff. It’s not the complicated, is it? No, actually, it’s not. Kate and Jon make it a point to be concise, clear and specific, and to teach you in the way you most want to be taught. This is an intensive, we only have four days to get you ripping, so we will offer a lot, but you only take what works for you.

I’m a good skier, I don’t need basic foundation stuff. Guess what? We ALL need basic foundation stuff! And lots of time, the better you are at skiing, the more a deeper understanding and practice of fundamental skills makes you and even better skier! All athletes have coaches. Don’t cheat yourself out of an opportunity to enjoy the sport you love even more!

Lynn Gurrantz had been skiing for 40 years, cat and heli skiing for at least 20 years when I began working with her this season. After three days of powder/steeps/trees lessons, she had dramatically improved her skiing and could ski with confidence in places she had previously had the DESIRE to ski well, but not the technique:

“We are flying home today and I wanted to thank you again. My skiing has really improved and I feel on the verge of actually being a good skier! I am for the first time truly understanding the fundamentals and how to achieve them. Obviously I am still formulating these skills but I had always before just muddled through the list of things I should do without a solid concept of the whole picture. What an exciting time for me to ski! It's actually fun!”

MEET THE COACHES

Kate believes anything you love to do is more fun when you are good at it. Kate is a huge proponent of pushing your boundaries... but believes that you are moving the boundaries yourself through skill aquisition. Rather than just being more ok with feeling more scared and more out of controll as you test yourself on steeper and more technical terrain, Kate belives strongly in bringing skill set up, giving you a solid foundation that you know you can trust so you can truly rip with a sense of freedom, compitence and joy in terrain you could only dream about previously.

Kate is an examiner for PSIA-RM, a trainer for the Ski and Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass, a WFR, holds an AIARE Avalanche Cert 2 among other numerous qualifications. She is also a certified Yoga instructor and worked as the assistant to Saraswathi Jois (Ashtanga, Mysore, India), as well as a certified Massage Therapist who specializes in neck, back, and shoulder pain, manual therapies for sports excellence, and asian therapies.

Born in Bavaria, Germany, Stefan spent his youth free skiing all over the European Alps, loving skiing and up to this day still believes that skiing is the greatest sport in the world. He immigrated to Quebec in 1983, where he lived for 6 years, became fluent in French and started his professional career in the ski industry. Craving a return to big mountains, he moved to British Columbia in 1989. Here he was able to put his ski mountaineering skills to use and started working towards his lead guide certification.Stefan is a Canadian Ski Guide Association certified Lead Guide sine 2006, mentor, and instructor for the CSGA’s guides courses.

He is also certified with the ACMG and is a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association. He has guided for several Heliskiing operations in the last 18 years, including 10 years at Wiegele Heliskiing in Blue River, BC. He is also an internationally certified ski instructor and a professional member of the Canadian Avalanche Association.Four years ago in 2015, Stefan was the first licensed ski guide hired by Viking Heliskiing in Iceland and he really enjoys his annual pilgrimage to that beautiful rugged country. “Being able to ski in Iceland is kind of like the cherry on the icing.

After my first-midnight skiing experience I felt my life is complete, the skiing part of it anyway” says Stefan.Stefan is looking forward to showing you around in the mountains, always looking for the safest line and the best powder.

WHAT WILL YOUR TRIP LOOK LIKE?

Arrive at Reykjavik, be met by Viking Heli skiing and Kate Howe for transport to the Schooner. Spend our welcome dinner and first night together aboard the boat.
Yoga, meditation, focus for the day, followed by breakfast. Orientation to the zone and safety equipment. Put in to shore, ferry across to the waiting helicopter, fly to ski beautiful corn snow. Afternoon options include snorkeling, fishing, whale watching, and so much more. Afternoon tech talk and debrief, followed by a scrumptious dinner.
Transport back to Reykjavik for flights home. People staying for cultural tours check into hotel with Kate, spend the afternoon wandering the town and exploring with our local friend Thomas, born and raised in Reykjavick. Dinner in Reykjavik followed by music.
Explore the cultural scene in Reykjavik, ferry over to Vedey Island to view sculptor Richard Serra's installation Afangar (standing stones), return for an evening of music in the city, stay overnight.
Early morning drive back to the airport for return flights home. Hotel-Airport transfers available for departures before 10:00 AM.
Total Price:
$8,171 USD (7 people sign up)
$10,400 USD (6 people sign up)
$12,800 USD (5 people sign up)
$15,500 USD (4 people sign up)

7 Spots available!

Deposit:
$500.00 USD due at time of booking.

Inclusions: 
      • Helicopter flight time
      • Accommodation at Viking Heliskiing             
        Sailboat (Schooner)
      • All meals, breakfast, lunch, and dinner
      • Aprés ski snacks•Guide services
      • Safety training and use of safety gear (BCA)
      • K2 free-ride skis/snowboard/K2 ski poles
      • Sea hunting and Sea angling
      • All transportation in the skiing area and to
        the sailboat is free of charge
      • Pickup/drop-off at Akureyri airport.

Exclusions: 
  • International and domestic airfares
  • Personal insurance
  • Wine and spirits
  • Massage.
  • Airbag and Ski rental
  • Gratuities
$500.00 refundable deposit is required to secure your spot. Because of the special nature of this trip, the balance of trip cost due 90 days prior to departure and will be non-refundable unless we can find a replacement person to fill your seat.

Trips are absolutely non-refundable 60 days prior to departure for any reason.

We recommend Travel Insurance.
We carry liability insurance for our trips, and additionally, we highly recommend our guests purchase trip insurance.

We recommend World Nomads for your trip insurance, they are affordable and offer incredible coverage! While things rarely go wrong, it is important to be covered just in case something happens.

You can find World Nomads here: https://www.worldnomads.com


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For travelers 70+ please contact:
Allianz Insurance

Allianz Insurance offers policies with no adult age limits. The following contact information below will get you to an agent:

Direct Customer Service: 800-284-8300
Online: customerservice@allianzassistance.com

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 
  • bathing suit
  • personal snorkle/fins
  • goin' out clothes for the city
  • slippers for the boat

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