Helicopters

Since the start of our operation in 2008 we have had the great fortune to work with Nordurflug and Air Greenland. Together these two companies form the largest and most reliable fleet of helicopters and pilots in the Arctic regions. With extensive safety and heli ski specific flight training our pilots are as good as they get, and have all flown with us for multiple seasons. Our fleet is comprised of Airbus AS350 B2's and B3's the veritable work horses of the global heli ski industry. These powerful and time proven machines are the best possible helicopters for small group heli skiing. With space for 4 skiers in the back, and the guide and pilot up front one helicopter can service up to three guided groups of skiers in a fast and efficient manner.

Working with the biggest and most established helicopter companies in the region guarantees extensive infrastructure to ensure the rigorous maintenance schedule and safety inspections required for helicopters in the Arctic regions. This also means that in the case of mechanical issues, machines and parts are readily available on stock and can be brought into Akureyri international airport by fixed wing aircraft dedicated to such emergencies.

  • Fast Machines and High Hour Pilots

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What happens if the weather is bad?

    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 Mývatn Nature Reserve with all its volcanoes, hot springs and bubbling mud pools is just one of those plans. You will also have the opportunity to experience the great local culture and dip into one of the regions many geothermal baths and visit the local micro brewery (our most popular down day activity...). 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.

    But keep in mind the huge advantage of our northerly position, the continuous daylight, meaning that you can have bad weather until 6pm but still get out for 10 plus runs since the sun is not setting until around midnight.

  • What kind of helicopter will we fly in for the Iceland programs?

    We use AS 350 B2 and B3 Ecureuil Astar's. 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.

  • What is the difference between vertical and flight time?

    Some operations charge per vertical feet or meters skied. We charge per minute as the helicopter is flying. With this setup we have calculated that our guests get about 20% more skiing for money spent than if they were being charged for meters or feet skied like in Canada. We also think this is a much more transparent way of calculating the skiing for both guests and operation. When on a meters/feet package the operation will try to ski you as much as they can as close to base as possible, basically fly as little for as much skiing as possible, meaning you might not get to the best snow or coolest terrain as it is not in the interest of the company to fly you far out. When on time you have the option of skiing close to home and get more vertical or fly further out where there might be better snow or scenery and get a bit less skiing for time flown all the while realizing how that works. The clock basically starts ticking when the pilot pulls on the collective and starts flying, and stops as soon as the helicopter is on the ground.

     

  • What type of helicopters are used in Greenland?

    The helicopters are AStar B3E and B3 flown by excellent pilots who have been flying heli skiing for many years.

  • How is Flight Time Measured?

    Flight time is calculated from when the helicopter leaves the ground and until it touches down again. If the helicopter is on ground and idling the time is not ticking but if we are doing a technical tow in landing on a steep ridge for example where the pilot is basically still flying the helicopter as we get out, the time is ticking.

  • What is the cost for extra flight time?

    Extra flight time is based on 360,000 ISK per hour. This is divided among the group so for example if a group of 4 guests ski 15 minutes over their package the additional cost to each guest is 22,500 ISK.