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GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY & HELI-ASSISTED SKI-TOURING
8 Days | 7 Nights

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
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USD 4,395
Explore new frontiers in Iceland with a week-long small group discovery tour to the spectacular Troll Peninsula. Experience Iceland’s most iconic descents via heli-assisted touring in one of the most inspiring settings on earth. Join a fixed date tour as a solo or group .......
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Iceland Discovery Ski Tour

Overview

Explore new frontiers in Iceland with a week-long small group discovery tour to the spectacular Troll Peninsula. Experience Iceland’s most iconic descents via heli-assisted touring in one of the most inspiring settings on earth.

Over seven nights after arriving in Reykjavik, you’ll hop aboard a short flight to Iceland’s northernmost city, Akureyri. Surrounded by fjords and mountain peaks, you’ll spend five nights with your group in nearby Siglufjörður, your far-north home base for four (4) fully-guided touring days in the surrounding mountains, three (3) of which are helicopter-assisted. At night you will the fabulous cuisine and perhaps even experience one of earth's most the incredible phenomenons, the Northern Lights (Auriora Borealis).

At the conclusion on-mountain portion, your last two nights are spent in Iceland’s uniquely cosmopolitan capital city of Reykjavik. This also gives the group an opportunity to explore Iceland’s world-renowned hot springs, perhaps view a live volcano, or if you’re a surfer, maybe even join in for a single-day surfing adventure (wetsuit included!).

Terrain

Iceland’s Troll Peninsula juts from the central northern coast & is replete with deep fjords & incredible mountains seemingly rising straight out of the sea. The highest peak of Mount Kerling (Kerlingarfjöll) rises to nearly 1,438m (5,000 ft) elevation. Peaks on the peninsula are more generally in the 900 to 1,200m range, with descents of up to 1,000m vertical possible all the way to the sea in the best conditions. Terrain options vary greatly; from intermediate bowls to expert chutes with a variety of routes to accommodate groups with different ability levels and goals.

Heli-Assisted Touring

Heli-Assisted Touring is using a helicopter to efficiently get you to a skiing zone at the beginning of the day, where you will then use touring skis or splitboard to access a number of runs (depending on group ability, stamina, terrain etc.) before being picked up by the helicopter in the afternoon and returned to the hotel. In some cases, the helicopter may drop you above a zone and allow you to ride to a pickup point with your guide to end the day. In addition, there *may* be an opportunity to ‘add’ additional heli-drops to the end of the day. If available, these are generally 600 EUR per lap per group (or as low as 150 EUR per client in a full helicopter). Extra laps are not guaranteed and the price is subject to change.

Iceland Discover Ski Tour - SASS
Iceland Discover Heli-Assisted Ski Tour - SASS
Iceland Discover Ski Trip - SASS

Itinerary

The tour runs over 8 days from Saturday to Saturday. The tour starts at Akureyri airport in northern Iceland, with a pick up and transfer to Siglufjörður. After 5 nights and 4 days of guided backcountry & heli-assisted ski-touring, transfer back to Akureyri for your flight to Reykjavik. Spend the final 2 nights in Reykjavik exploring the region.

See the detailed program on the Itinerary tab.

For information on the best way to get to Akureyri (AEY) airport, see our Travel to Iceland page.

Lodging & Food

The tour spends the first 5 nights at the in Siglufjörður - the northernmost town in Iceland situated spectacularly at the tip of a fjord, surrounded by towering mountains. Linked to the rest of the Troll Peninsula by a scenic coast road, Siglufjörður & the combination of scenic beauty, snow accessibility, history & hospitality are hard to beat.

See detailed information on the Lodging tab.

Snow & Weather

The area averages over 7m (or 250″) of snow annually. Temperatures can vary in March and April and whilst many days will offer powder, there may be days of sunny corn skiing to go with the dramatic views. If you’re looking for a ‘powder only’ trip, it is not a guarantee here (no trip ever is!), but it’s incredibly fun backcountry skiing/riding in a truly spectacular setting. Come with an open mind towards the snow and the weather… and prepare to have an incredible experience.

Weather Days / Helicopter Uptime

Historically, helicopter 'uptime' in the region is around ~80% for heli operations during late March and early April. However, snowfall and wind can be unpredictable and is the reason the tour includes one “non-heli” day in the itinerary (to absorb the impact of a potential weather day). There can be no guarantee as to the number of helicopter flying hours. In the event of continued no-fly weather, the tour operator will make all reasonable efforts to provide a non-helicopter guiding experience.

Iceland Discover Ski Tour - SASS
Iceland Discover Heli-Assisted Ski Tour - SASS
Iceland Discover Ski Trip - SASS

Guides & Group Size

In addition to 2-3 tour operator staff members hosting the tour, there will be a number of experienced, local guiding professionals to help ensure the safety of the groups.

The tour is limited to a maximum of 12 participants.

Ski / Touring Ability & Fitness

Ski & snowboard ability level for the trip is ‘Advanced&rsquo or better. You should have be able to safely ski/ride in all types of snow conditions in varied terrain with relative ease.

Touring experience on ski or splitboard can be at or above novice level. What’s Novice Touring Experience? If you’ve been on touring skis or a splitboard less than five times, regardless of your skiing/riding ability, feel free to make contact so your ability and goals for the trip can be assessed. Each tour will be able to accommodate different ski-touring ability levels.

Note that you must bring touring skis or a split board (with climbing skins) for this trip.

Iceland’s COVID19 “Opening Status” & Requirements

Iceland is currently open to visitors from most nations. However, in order to avoid quarantine requirements, a COVID19 vaccination certificate or documented antibodies from COVID19 recovery is required, along with a negative COVID19 test prior to travel are required. Likewise, if you require a negative test result prior to your return to your home country the tour operator will help you facilitate testing in Iceland prior to your flight. Masks are widely required.

Iceland Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday, Arrival

Arrive at Akureyri (AEY) airport. Be greeted at the airport and transferred by minibus along the incredible coastal road to Siglufjörður. Settle into the hotel and check out the amazing village location. Enjoy the ‘Welcome Dinner’ and meet up with the hosts & guides to discuss the fabulous week ahead. After dark, the hotel staff will alert you during your stay if the Northern Lights appear.
Accommodation: Siglunes Guesthouse
Meals included: Dinner.

Day 2 - 5: Sunday to Wednesday, Tour the Troll Peninsula

The group has four days to explore the limitless off-piste freeride skiing options on the Troll Peninsula. The three best weather days will be helicopter-assisted touring days. The helipad is a short walk down to the harbour from the hotel. After breakfast, a morning helicopter flight will drop the group off a one of the many peaks on the peninsula. After a day of touring, the group will be picked up again for the flight back to hotel, with a possibility of another drop offer a final powder run before getting back to the helipad. One of the days will be human-powered ski-touring/splitboarding. Each day's location will be dictated by weather & snow conditions, plus the ability & wishes of the group.
Accommodation: Siglunes Guesthouse
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 6: Thursday, Transfer to Reykjavik

A final morning to enjoy the splendour of the village and then a transfer by road to Akureyri airport for a flight back to Reykjavik. Transfer to the hotel and explore the many delights of Reykjavik. Your hosts will show you some great restaurants and bars in the nearby city centre and foreshore.
Accommodation: Hotel Klettur
Meal included: breakfast.

Day 7: Friday, Reykjavik & Surrounds

Spend the day exploring Reykjavik and the local surrounds. Your hosts can organise day tours to thermal pools, volcanos, & even surfing! In the evening, enjoy the Farewell Reception & have a great last night in Iceland with all your new friends!
Accommodation: Hotel Klettur
Meal included: breakfast.

Day 8: Saturday, Departure

After breakfast, the tour ends. Either return home or stay longer to see more of this fascinating country.
Meal included: breakfast.

Lodging & Food

Accommodation on the Iceland Discovery Ski Tour is in two locations: the small seaside village of Siglufjörður on the north coast of Iceland; and the lively Icelandic capital of Reykjavik.

Siglunes Guesthouse - Siglufjörður

You will spend five nights in the cozy Siglunes Guesthouse. Experience true Icelandic hospitality with a unique flavor at Siglunes Guesthouse, a family-owned lodge with convenient access to the best skiing the Troll Peninsula has to offer, plus rooms with en-suite baths and a locally renowned restaurant featuring delicious Icelandic and Moroccan specialties. All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner are included whilst staying at the guesthouse.

Iceland Discover Ski Tour - Siglunes Guesthouse
Iceland Discover Heli-Assisted Ski Tour - Siglunes Guesthouse
Iceland Discover Ski Trip - Siglunes Guesthouse

Hotel Klettur, Reykjavik

The final two nights of the trip will be the Hotel Klettur in Reykjavik. A comfortable, modern hotel, it is a short stroll from the lively city centre & foreshore. All rooms are en-suite. Breakfasts are included. A range of fabulous restaurants and bars are a few minutes walk from the hotel.

Iceland Discover Ski Tour - Hotel Klettur
Iceland Discover Heli-Assisted Ski Tour - Hotel Klettur
Iceland Discover Ski Trip - Hotel Klettur

Rates & Inclusions

Rates

8 days / 7 nights: USD$4395

Inclusions
  • HOSTING: Fully hosted tour with additional 'meet & greet' service if requested for connections at Reykjavik airport
  • LODGING: 7 nights twin share; 5 nights Siglufjörður, 2 nights Reykjavik
  • MEALS: All breakfasts, lunches & dinners at Siglufjörður, and breakfast only in Reykjavik
  • GUIDING: 4 fully guided backcountry ski days
  • HELI ASSISTED TOURING: 3 helicopter assisted touring days included during the 4 ski days
  • TRANSFERS: Airport transfers to/from Akureyri (AEY) airport
  • SMALL GROUP: Maximum 12 guests
Add-ons
  • ADDITIONAL HELI DROPS: If available, priced from €650 per drop per group
  • SINGLE ROOM: Price on request
Not Included
  • FLIGHTS: to Akureyri (AEY) via Reykjavik-Keflavik (KLF) - search for the cheapest flights here
  • INSURANCE: Travel Insurance (highly recommended) - buy travel insurance online here
  • TOURING SKI & SPLITBOARD GEAR: Alpine touring skis or split-board, boots, poles, skins
  • ADDITIONAL MEALS: Lunches & dinners not listed as inclusions, plus all snacks, alcohol
  • AVALANCHE SAFETY EQT: Minimum of beacon, shovel & probe

Booking Terms & Conditions

Any contractual arrangements as a result of a booking enquiry are with the operator, SASS Global Travel, and subject to their terms and conditions which include, but are not limited to, the following.

UPDATED POLICIES FOR COVID19: Updated November 13, 2020.

WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND TRAVEL INSURANCE: It’s easy to get and relatively cheap. Explore recommend insurance products from Global Rescue / IMG and World Nomads.
COVID19 CONSIDERATIONS: We understand that some uncertainties are now inherent in travel planning due to public health considerations. Testing for COVID19 before travel or upon arrival is now common. You will be informed of any special requirements or policies on your invoice or during booking. Unless otherwise noted, the following cancellation policies apply:
IF SASS CANCELS OR SUSPENDS YOUR TRIP… due to COVID-19 restrictions (or anything “that makes [it] impossible to perform”) and you have made payments or deposits to SASS at the time of cancellation, SASS will offer you a full refund within 30 days.
IF YOU CANCEL YOUR SASS TRIP… (even though SASS is still operating…)
Special Policy – “No Risk November”: Bookings made in November 2020 are eligible for 100% “Worry Free” Refund or Credit, provided notice of cancellation is received before December 7, 2020.
Within 24 Hours of Any Booking: Eligible for 100% “Worry Free” Refund or Credit
More than 90 Days Prior to Departure: Eligible to keep 100% Credit towards future SASS programs or services, or for a 50% Refund of Deposit.
Between 30-90 Days Prior to Departure: Eligible to keep 75% Credit towards future SASS programs or services, non-refundable.
Less than 30 Days Prior to Departure: Eligible only if disqualified due to COVID19.
GROUP RATES, REDUCTIONS & CREDIT TERMS: Where any cancellation reduces the number of full paying party members below the number on which the price, number of “free places” and/or any special pricing agreed for your booking were based, we will recalculate these items and re-invoice you accordingly, regardless of the reason for the cancellation. Credits may be maintained with Operator for no more than two (2) years, and applied to services provided directly by the Operator. There is no guarantee that the same trip will be available, or that the price, terms or location will not change.
CUSTOM SASS PROGRAMS AND/OR CUSTOM LODGING UPGRADE COSTS: Are specifically not eligible for any refunds.

For other General Agreements, Tems & Conditions refer to SASS GLOBAL TRAVEL website