Testimonials for heli skiing in Iceland

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Testimonials for skiing with us in Iceland


''AHS offers some of the most majestic terrain in the world. There is something about skiing powder straight down to the Arctic Ocean that is just one of the most exotic experiences out there.  AHS owner JB is a true Icelandic legend. His guiding on and off the mountains is unreal. Iceland is a one of a kind place with so many natural wonders to see. I can’t wait to get back''

Todd Jones, Supervising Producer, Teton Gravity Research


Iceland is a stunning, otherworldy place suffused with legend, myth and magic, where unexpected landscapes and events are commonplace. Every day and every adventure with Arctic Heliskiing will reinforce this, perhaps because Jokull Bergmann grew up there and knows the place like no other ski guide could.

One stormy day, looking for the perfect shot in which to get both mountain and ocean on film, JB drove us north along the coast deep into Tröllaskagi—the Troll Peninsula—whose treeless, perfectly pitched, thousand-metre pyramids seemed tailor-made for skiing of every kind. Offering confirmation, at the head of every fjord, between mountains cupping remnant glaciers and rough-hewn tunnels with entrances that open and close like garage doors, we saw groups of ski tourers headed up. Would we get out here? “Wait” said JB. As we cruised through one last tunnel, he popped in a live recording of a memorable Reykjavik concert by the Viking metal band, Skálmöld, whose poetic lyrics revolve around Norse Sagas; as usual with Icelandic music it found a way to be haunting, edgy, competent, bizarre and completely apropos of the moment.

As we burst from the tunnel into light, a crescendo of magnificent ski lines fell from towering chutes to the road, as well as down snow-draped ridges right to the crashing surf below. It was stunning, otherworldly, legend-making, mythical, magical—and with a soundtrack to boot.

Leslie Anthony, SKIER magazine and Salomon Freeski TV 


''I have heli skied at a few places but nothing comes close to your operation. It was run very professional but with a great a personal touch. Helena, the kids and myself felt that we staying with friends. The lodge and the food was fantastic and what a beautiful setting at your family farm. One could tell that everybody at the lodge from the guides, to the chef to the pilots really enjoyed working there and everybody was very helpful and great. The skiing was spectacular with wonderful  landscape and variation.  I hope to come back in the near future and we have already recommended your place to two friends. Thank you again for sharing this special place and unique experience''

Thomas Rassmuson

"I have been heli skiing around the world. I thought I had seen it all, but after my first day of heli skiing with AHS, I knew this was the top of the pyramid. Huge terrain, epic views and guides that can show off the goods. Jokull Bergmann and his staff of experienced guides deliver the goods day after day, and just when you think the day can't get any better, dinner is served. This is the heli ski trip everyone must do at least once in their lifetime"

Sven Brunso, VP sales & marketing at Durango Mountain Resort

''Arctic Heli Skiing provided me with the coolest, most memorable skiing experience and guide JB was an absolute pleasure to ski with - I cannot recommend them highly enough. If you want the best ski experience of your life these are the 'go to' guys!''

Alf Alderson, Freelance travel and ski journalist

''But ultimately, coming here is about swapping the routine of a conventional ski trip – the lift queues, the busy pistes, the throbbing europop in the apres-ski bars – for an adventure, the chance to experience a real wilderness, to try something new. In the space of a long weekend, I have my first taste of skiing from summit to shore, of skiing on a glacier under the midnight sun, and of making a first descent''

Tom Robbins, Travel Editor, The Financial Times (For Tom's entire experience, check out the FT article)

“Irresistible combination of steeps and mellow couloirs down to the seashore, powder if you wish and spring snow cooked al dente from 9am ‘til 9pm. Skiing with Jökull in the Troll Peninsula is a dream whether you want the meditative trance of skinning or the adrenalin rush of a heli day out. And don’t get me started on the food or the coziness of the lodge (just stay away from the rotten shark).”

Francois von Hurter, Bitter Lemon Press

“A truly unique experience:  great skiing, majestic panoramas and great cuisine, all served up with loving care.  Try it once, and you will come back, again and again.”

Anthony V. Dub

"Arctic Heli  Sking provides an outstanding heliski experience. Amazing scenery, first descents, skiing to the beach, skiing under a midnight sun, wonderful food and service..... all delivered with relaxed Icelandic charm....perfect! I'm booking again next year."

William Armitage

“Heli-Skiing with AHS stands out as one of the great experiences of my life, and I can’t wait to go again.”

Adrian Jones, King Street Capital Management


''Arctic Heli Skiing is truly an experience of a lifetime. Once a sheep farm, owner/Guide JB has created a magical backcountry and helicopter skiing experience. I was lucky enough to be invited to film Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride in Iceland with Julia Mancuso and Jess McMillan. The entire trip was nothing short of incredible from start to finish. JB and his staff roll out the red carpet in a quaint at home sort of way. The lodge felt like home from day one. All of the guides, the chef, the pilot and the rest of the crew are warm and welcoming. The terrain is perfect. Mostly 3,000 foot lines that lead right to the Arctic Ocean. Spring conditions provide for incredible snow quality and lots of golden light. I miss Iceland, the crew and the lodge. I can't wait to go back!! "

Sierra Quitiquit Professional Skier


''Spending a day with AHS made our editorial trip to Iceland a success. They worked with our budget and needs and got us to the best areas on the Troll Peninsula. Riding in view of a spot you watched whales feed the previous day is something you don't get to do everyday. Huge thanks to JB and crew for making our trip a memorable one''

John Scarth, SBC Media

''If you want to experience absolute professionalism in safety, helicopter flying, knowing the endless amount of different slopes, where to get perfect snow, in friendliness and helpfulness and also tasty Icelandic cuisine on top of it you will just have to go to the farm of the Arctic Heli Skiing team! Thank you for making Iceland absolutely unforgettable and hope to visit you soon again!''

Michael Skigin, Saturn Shipping INC

''JB's mighty troll mountains are an infinite source of excellent and provocative slopes for both trekking and heliskiing. You are able to ski from the top of mighty peaks all the way down to the realm of Neptune. An absolute must for real skiers. And the food is great too''

 Björn Ingi Haflidason, Captain, Icelandair

''Arctic Heli Skiing, is based in one of the most beautiful locations that I have ever been, and it only gets better as they take you to the goods in their A-star''

Grant Gunderson, Photographer

"Shredding in iceland was sick this winter!  I was checking the surf and skiing pow at the same time!"

Rory Bushfield, Professional Skier

''If you are looking for the best, look no further.  You will be coming back again and again. I´ve been ski touring, sailing, rock climbing and Heli-skiing with JB and its amazing how extremely fantastic he makes the entire experience. It's hard not to return having had that much fun''

 Sigurdur Kiernan, CEO, Investum

''A truly wonderful experience. Gentle folks, wonderful food, fabulous terrain, great guides. Spring snow for us like no other, and long runs to the sea. Smiles all around''

Nicholas B. Paumgarten, Corsair Capital

''Skiing and riding that compares to Alaska without the bravado , with the added bonus of an awesome cultural experience''

Clifford Borden, Portfolio Manager, CIBC

''We travelled to this remote place in the north of Iceland with our two kids, 9 and 11 years of age. After going through a beautiful landscape we finally made it to the end of our trip and what would be the beginning of a fantastic adventure.When we took off in the helicopter, the kids were very quiet (and a bit scared), Snorri the pilot flew over ponies, creeks, a scattered few houses and reached a summit where we started our first decent. It was magic. We all felt like we were on top of the world with this enormous landscape of one mountain after the other, the ocean close by, glittering in the sun. Each and everyone of us had a huge smile from ear to ear. Off we went, down the side of the mountain with our guide Kirk leading the way. Again and again and again. It was wonderful skiing theses slopes where it felt like we were all alone in the entire world. I looked to the right and I had a kilometers of ski able slope, I looked to the left and saw the same. After the first day, we all had coarse voices from screaming - awesome, awesome, awesome! We are all agreeing that this shall be our family tradition, ending the ski season with Arctic Heli Skiing. First we take "Grand Montet" - then we take "Stairway to Heaven"

Mikael & Malin Wallenberg, Geneva

"Arctic Heli Skiing is a superb operation, run under the care, skill, enthusiasm, and energy of Jökull Bergmann. I spent 2 weeks with JB, touring around Iceland, and skiing some of the most amazing terrain of my life. I'm talking 4,000' runs with the arctic ocean below type of terrain! Through it all, JB was an unwavering source of knowledge, skill, fun, and enthusiasm. He took care of every detail like no other guide or heli-operation manager that I've ever experienced, and that's saying a lot because I'm a former mountain guide and I've also been with a lot of heli operations throughout the world. It's clear he has a passion for his business, the mountains, and skiing, but most importantly, for his clients. His training as a UIAGM guide ensures that he has the skill to not only deliver great skiing, but also take great care of his clients. His demeanor is ever-positive and since client-care is at the top of his priority list, potential clients are ensured a great experience, regardless of the snow conditions. I wholeheartedly recommend Arctic Heli-Skiing."

Mark Fisher, Professional Photographer

''Many years have passed since I went on my first trip with JB, it was an ice climbing course and since then I’ve gone ski touring with him many times, sailboat ski touring and heli skiing. My experience from the heli skiing last spring was supernatural, the weather, snow conditions and the mountains of the North Atlantic made this trip unforgettable. The calmness at Klaengsholl Lodge, along with JB’s excellent staff makes me always want to return. Well done JB''

Geir Gislason, Owner, Akureyri Backpackers

''I have enjoyed amazing skiing in the unspoiled Troll Peninsula where you can spend week after week, year after year skiing first descents. JB and his crew provide a personal, pleasant and professional service in his own backyard''

Kolbeinn Árnason

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