Downhill, cross-country, snowboarding, off-trail and heli-skiing are available in many parts of the country.
The best part about skiing in Iceland? No trees! Winter skiing, both downhill and cross-country, is available in many parts of the country. Located just 33 kilometers (21 mi) from the city center, Blafjoll (Blue Mountains) is the largest ski resort close to Reykjavik with great slopes for downhill skiing and snowboarding as well as tracks for cross-country skiing. T
he season in Blafjoll runs between mid-November and May and the resort is open when snow and weather permit. Undoubtedly Iceland’s favorite ski destination is Hlidarfjall in North Iceland near Akureyri. This premier ski resort is famous for consistent snow and enchanting water views of the surrounding fjords. The season lasts from the beginning of December until the end of April and floodlit slopes make night skiing possible during the dark days of winter.
The Westfjords are an up-and-coming locale for extreme skiers with opportunities for off-trail, downhill skiing and the ultimate adventure, heli-skiing where high-mountain peaks are accessed by helicopter and skiers race along the mountainside all the way down to the ocean.
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