The Icelandic ski season is surprisingly short, and we sure as hell haven’t managed to produce the same number of top skiers as our neighbouring countries. There is still a proud skiing tradition in Iceland. Icelandic ski resorts usually open during winter, depending on weather and road conditions, and stay open for a couple of months. Most resorts offer ski rentals and instructors. Below is a list of some of the most promising prospects for a skiing sojourn in Iceland – but do make sure to check for weather and snow conditions.
Bláfjöll is the largest skiing area in Iceland with 15 lifts. 3.5-10 km cross-country trails are made, weather permitting, and a 5-km section is lit. Bláfjöll is a 30-minute drive from Reykjavík.
Tel.: 561 8400, www.skidasvaedi.is
Skálafell is a rather large resort in the vicinity of Reykjavík. 5 lifts, 6 trails, and a 10 km cross-country ski track.
Tel.: 896 1318, 530 3000, www.skidasvaedi.is
Hengill is located in the midst of the volcanic Hengill mountain range and offers a unique opportunity to ski in a geothermal area. 6 lifts and a cross-country track when conditions allow.
Tel.: 530 3000, www.skidasvaedi.is
Böggvisstaðafjall in Dalvík is a large ski resort in the north, about a half-hour drive from Akureyri. 2 km of cross-country paths and two lifts with a combined length of 1,200 metres. Often open by request for groups.
Tel.: 466 1010, www.skidalvik.is
One of the more exciting resorts in Iceland is in Tungudalur and Seljalandsdalur, above the town of Ísafjörður. The mountain offers three cross-country ski circles totalling 11 km, and 1860 meters of combined lifts. Well suited for snowboarding.
Tel.: 456 3793, www.isafjordur.is/ski
A great ski resort in Northern Iceland offering more than 1990 combined meters of lifts. 10 km of cross-country trails, 5 km of which are lit. Open every day, except Mondays.
Tel.: 878 3399, www.siglo.is/sss
One of the most popular resorts in Iceland, a 5-minute drive from Akureyri. The mountain has four lifts, 9 trails and 5 km of lit cross-country trails. Suitable both for beginners and intermediately experienced skiiers.
Tel.: 460 1000, www.hlidarfjall.is
Stafdalur is located about a fifteen-minute drive from Egilsstaðir in eastern Iceland. The mountain offers a kilometre-long lift and a slope suitable for both skiers and snowboarders. Sledding is also easily available in the surrounding area.
Tel.: 878 1160, www.ski.is/svaedi.asp?skiid=11
Between Eskifjörður and Norðfjörður in eastern Iceland is Oddskarð, one of the highest mountains in Iceland. Three ski lifts and over 1800 meters of combined lit trails make this a great stop for downhill skiing.
Your complete, updated, Aldrei fór ég suður schedule may be found at www.aldrei.is. Again, see you there!