Heli in Iceland
Put simply—endless vertical. Heli-ski descents on Iceland’s Arctic maritime snowpack average 915 vertical meters. The land of the midnight sun provides extended daylight hours so you can make sea-to-summit runs even after dinner. Together with our local partners, Eleven, we will show you an unforgettable Icelandic experience.
Runs average 915 vertical feet. Huge couloirs and vast valleys scream for first tracks, and with Iceland’s unique weather and long days, you can ski through dinner. Massages back at Deplar are a must, as you’ll want to push your ski legs to max output. No-fly weather doesn’t mean it’s a down day.Eleven’s experienced guides can take you cat skiing or hot-spring hopping.
“Immediately getting off the plane and hopping into the heli was the coolest thing I’ve even done.”
Your lodging for this adventure is a one-stop-shop for adventure, solitude, mystery, and high-end amenities. The Fljót Valley sees some of the highest average snowfall on the planet. As a result, the eastern route to Deplar is closed all winter, making its remote locale all the more raw and wild. Strategically located between Europe and the States, Iceland and Deplar offer easy access to otherworldly landscapes without hours of travelling. Deplar Farm is a great place to see the Northern Lights. The best time to see sky dance is between October and early April when the days are shorter.
Heli-skiing on the Troll Peninsula is known for its beautiful rolling descents and steep couloirs taking you all the way to the ocean. This land of the midnight sun offers true adventurers extended daylight hours with more opportunity to rack up the vertical.
- Average run vertical – 2.5k ft – 3.5k ft
- Flight time per day – 1 flight hour included
- Mixed snow conditions – powder/corn
- High point – 4,583 ft
- Eleven provides highly-trained heli-ski guides including IFMGA and AMGA certified guides
- Complimentary use of Eleven’s Wagner Custom Skis designed for heli-skiing in Iceland
- All avalanche safety equipment is included
(NOVEMBER 1 – MARCH 14)
BUYOUT – Starting at 4,169,000 ISK per night for private lodge buyout based on 26 guests
BY ROOM – Starting at 312,000 ISK per room, per night
(based on double occupancy)
(MARCH 14 – MAY 31) 4-day or 6-day trips
Starting at 4,209,450 ISK per night for
private lodge buyout based on 12 skiers
Single occupancy rates at 326,550 ISK per room, per day
Double occupancy rates Starting at 530,250 ISK per room, per day
Guide service offering customized adventure itineraries, semi-private guided heli-skiing, all gear necessary for activities, pre-arrival planning with an Eleven Experience Manager, chef-prepared breakfast, lunch, après and dinner, organic fresh food minibar, house alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, round trip airport transfers to Akureyri.
- Whale watching*
- Cross country skiing
- Fat biking
- Hot spring tours*
- Resort skiing*
- Dog sledding*
- Air tours*
- Lodge activities: Self-guided cross country skiing,
snowshoeing, fat biking and archery and laser tag
*Subject to availability and special pricing.
What you need to know
What is the terrain like in Iceland? How are the snow conditions?
With over 1,500 square miles of terrain to ski, we have a wide variety of terrain – think wide-open bowls, steep couloirs, long runs from mountain peaks to the ocean shore.
Iceland has a maritime snowpack meaning that the snow conditions are very stable. You can expect a variety of conditions – sometimes spring-like conditions including smooth, buttery slopes and corn snow; other times fresh powder.
Do you need to be an expert skier to heli-ski at Deplar farm?
The vast terrain in Iceland means we have the flexibility to choose runs that are appropriate for your skill level. We recommend that guests be strong intermediate skiers to best enjoy the experience; for you experts out there, don’t worry, there are plenty of challenging slopes for you to rip down.
When is the best time to heli-ski in Iceland?
Our season runs between March 15 – May 31. During this time we offer 4 and 6 day trips.
How much flight time can we expect?
We include one hour of flight time per day which equates to 8-10 runs; each run averages 2,500 – 3,500 feet of vertical.
Ride the sweeping valleys surrounding Deplar Farm. Terrain has warm-up runs on all aspects, allowing you to discover Icelandic helicopter skiing and get a full sense of what to expect in the coming days. Head back to the lodge for a recovery massage in our expansive spa.
The ocean views that run to the north are screen-saver worthy. Spend the day zig-zagging through fjords and valleys with constant views of the cobalt-blue North Atlantic Ocean. Back at the lodge, experience sensory deprivation in our i-Sopod flotation tanks.
Head south. Today you dive deep into the heart of the Troll Peninsula. The mountains here are slightly taller and sprinkled with pocket glaciers that keep the snow cold and fresh. You won’t see any signs of civilization, just untouched runs, and you might even snag some first descents.
Perfect your end game in style. Ski big, bold runs and narrow technical chutes en route to the airport. Finish on the tarmac, where you switch from helicopter to fixed wing and depart the Troll Peninsula.
NOTE: This itinerary is an example. The tour will be run largely by the weather and each day will fit around where the best conditions are. This is the beauty of such a tour.
Iceland’s unique geologic history has created an environment that is truly stunning. Mountains rise up from the sea along the fjords on the Troll Peninsula. The island is full of geothermal vents below the surface which form numerous hot springs throughout the country.
Our proximity to the Arctic Circle allows for views of the Northern Lights from October to April, and long days in the summer mean more time to adventure and explore.
Popular summer activities include fishing for Atlantic salmon and Arctic char, hiking, sea kayaking and horseback riding. In the spring, surfing and heli-skiing can be done in the same day.
Deplar is a converted sheep farm, situated in the remote Fljót Valley on the mountainous Troll Peninsula in northern Iceland. Today’s modern structure celebrates a rugged past and honours authentic Icelandic architecture with 13 en suite bedrooms. It is a one-stop-shop for adventure, solitude, mystery, and high-end amenities. The Fljót Valley sees some of the highest average snowfall on the planet. As a
result, the eastern route to Deplar is closed all winter, making its remote locale all the more raw and wild. Strategically located between Europe and the States, Iceland and Deplar offer easy access to otherworldly landscapes without hours of travelling. New York and London-based clients can be fishing or skiing on the same day of travel.
- 13 en suite bedrooms
- 5 king-bedded suites
- 4 king-bedded suites with queen sleeping lofts and balconies
- 2 queen bedded suites
- 1 king-bedded suite with lofted lounge
- 1 bunkroom with 4 double beds and a large en suite bathroom
- Geothermal indoor/outdoor pool with bar
- Sauna and steam room
- Indoor and outdoor hot tubs
- Media room
- Premium spa facility featuring 2 flotation tanks and 3 treatment rooms
- Fully equipped conference room
- 2 helipads
- Exclusive bar and lounge
- Gym and yoga room
- 28,000 square feet
- Max capacity: 32 people
Elves and traditional Nordic folklore are important aspects
of Icelandic culture. Deplar Farm was respectfully built to
accommodate two historic elf hills.