The Iceland Winter Games (IWG) returns for its third year from 24th March – 3rd April 2016 with the addition of an Invitational Video Competition, featuring invitees Henrik Harlaut and Phil Casabon captaining the two ski teams.
Based in Akureyri, the ski capital of Iceland, the Games will host over 60 events, including an AFP Gold Big Air, a Freeride Competition and the first Icelandic National Freeski Championships.
From Heli skiing on the Troll Peninsula, to dog-sledding, skiing on volcanoes and the pristine park of Akureyri, the video competition is a battle between N. America and Europe. With four teams invited, two ski and two snowboard, they will experience all the unique landscapes and terrain Iceland has to offer.
The ever imaginative Leo Taillefer (FRA) and filmer Brady Perron join Henrik Harlaut (SWE) to make up team Europe. Mike Hornbeck (USA) together with cameraman Corey Stanton are lead by Phil Casabon (CAN) to complete team N. America. Their 90 second clips will be open for you to vote on after the Games. Join the IWG Facebook page to be ready for the voting: https:// www.facebook.com/icelandwintergames
Following the success of last year, the Gold AFP event will be the highlight at Mt. Hlíðarfjall. Conveniently placed between the European Open and The AFP finals in Whistler, athletes will be able to make use of Icelandair’s “Stop-Over” flights, which offers upto a 7 day layover in Iceland when flying between Europe and N. America, for no extra cost.
The whole local community is behind this festival, all the tour operators from the Dog Sledders to the Cat-Skiers are putting on special discounts and “experience” tours for the holiday makers in Akureyri.
As well as winter sports, guests can take breathtaking tours in super-jeeps, helicopters, snowmobiles or even in green energy powered schooner boats.
The festival is a must for adrenaline loving adventure seekers and those looking for a more unusual festival. If you would like to experience the Iceland Winter Games first hand you can check out the holiday packages available on the IWG website here: http://www.icelandwintergames.com/ en/sign-up/sign-up