Skiing in Iceland
Pack you winter gear, the Icelandic mountains await. All you have to do is find cheap flights to Iceland with WOW air and strap on your boots.
If winter sports are your thing then a trip to Iceland will not disappoint you although extreme weather conditions might make things a little more challenging. Iceland’s mountains and wilderness have ample opportunities if you’re looking for some fun in the snow. Skiing and snowboarding are popular sports here and to provide some ideas for your winter-vacation were giving you a list of our favourite locations.
Skiing in Reykjavik
Bláfjöll or the Blue Mountains is Reykjavik’s biggest skiing area situated about 25 minutes south-west of Reykjavik. A great area for skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing, Bláfjöll has 16 lifts, great slopes and beautiful surroundings.
Skálafell, situated 25 minutes east of the city, is a smaller area with only 4 lifts but great slopes for skiing and snowboarding as well as cross-country skiing.
If you can’t travel beyond the city limits during your trip to Iceland there are three areas within Reykjavik where you can have a mini-skiing adventure or just a fun day in the snow with the family. They are located in Ártúnsbrekka, Breiðholt and Grafarvogur and are perfect for children or absolute beginners. These areas are free of charge and open when conditions allow.
The so-called “Two Valleys” are the main ski area of Isafjordur in the West Fjords of Iceland. The valleys are called Tungudalur and Seljalandsdalur. In Tungudalur there are a diverse slopes, 3 lifts, a ski lodge and a service centre. At the base of the valley you’ll find a nursery slope for those just starting out and for the experienced there are semi downtrodden slopes that make it easy to ski off track. The area also offers great fun for snowboarders and when conditions allow, border-cross tracks and snow ramps are constructed.
In Seljalandsdalur, conditions are perfect for cross-country skiing with downtrodden routes of 2.5, 3.5 and 5 km. There are two ski lodges in the area, both with extensive offers of food and beverages and one with overnight accommodations
A true skiing paradise is situated right next to the northern capital of Akureyri. Hlíðarfjall is without a doubt the most popular skiing area in the Iceland with around 70-80 thousand visitors a year. It boasts of great slopes for downhill skiing and snowboarding with 24 marked routes and 7 lifts in addition to one of the best conditions for cross-country skiing in Iceland. With two service centres where between sessions you can rest your legs, grab a bite and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery, this sure sounds like the makings of a great vacation. And of course they run a ski school and rent out all necessary equipment. We certainly recommend a trip to this Northern Winter Wonderland.
Oddsskarð is a truly great skiing area located in the beautiful east of Iceland between the small fishing towns of Eskifjörður and Neskaupsstaður. Also known as the East Icelandic Alps, Oddskarð has an amazing view over the nearby mountains of eastern Iceland, the coastline and the Atlantic Ocean.
Between Egilsstaðir and the small town of Seyðisfjörður lies Stafdalur which many consider to be among the best slalom, ski and snowboarding areas in Iceland. Only a 10 minute drive from Seyðisfjörður and 15 minutes from Egilsstaðir and is easily reachable by anyone travelling in the east, weather permitting. The slopes suit most skiers as they have a 1 km long disk lift as well as a beginner’s lift close to the ski lodge. The area has excellent conditions for snowboarders and for those crazy about snowmobiles there is enough of open space in every direction.