Skiing in Iceland: Why it should be on your bucket list

Skiing holidays in Iceland

Yes it is possible to ski in Iceland. And no, it’s not just for adventurous travellers. There are a number of stunning ski resorts in Iceland that are suitable for all abilities; from beginners and intermediates to advanced skiers and off-piste tourers.

Skiing in Iceland

Iceland offers a unique skiing holiday compared to other destinations in Europe for many reasons, but one of the big ones has to be the landscape. Many of the ski resorts boast fjord-side locations with breathtaking views that are bound to enchant you as much as the well-maintained runs.

If you are more interested in powder and off-piste, then Iceland has something for you too. The remote, glacially carved mountains have an incredible snow record which creates world-renowned off-piste conditions and iconic heli-skiing and cat-skiing opportunities.

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You might know Iceland better as a holiday destination for Northern Lights hunting, visits to natural hot springs, whale watching and horse riding on black sand beaches, and the fantastic thing about skiing in Iceland is that you can do all those things as well as skiing. Whether you want a day trip to Myvatn to relax in geothermally heated Nature Baths as the steam rises against a background of lava fields blanketed in snow, or you’d prefer to head out to sea in search of whales, dolphins and birdlife, you can add your choice of activities to you skiing holiday in Iceland to create your dream experience.

It is this diversity that makes Iceland such an appealing winter holiday destination. For keen skiers it’s a haven of quiet slopes and untracked powder. If you’ve never tried skiing before it is a fantastic chance to try skiing alongside activities such as horse riding, whale watching and hunting the Northern Lights.

Where to ski in Iceland

Hlidarfjall ski resort in north Iceland is the country’s largest and most popular ski resort. Situated on mountains overlooking Akureyri, Hlidarfjall ski resort offers an unrivalled combination of quiet slopes and a fantastic city location.

If you’ve never skied in Iceland before Hlidarfjall ski resort is an ideal choice because of its situation beside Akureyri. Akureyri has its own airport and is a central location from which you can explore other nearby ski resorts as well as some iconic geothermal sites and activities. As Iceland’s largest ski resort, Hlidarfjall is also one of our top choices if you’re a beginner as they have a wonderful ski school. If you prefer to make your own tracks it is also an ideal location for accessing the Troll peninsular; widely considered one the best heli-skiing spots in the world.

If you are after something even more unique then Siglufjordur ski resort is another incredible ski resort in Iceland. Just over an hour north of Akureyri, Siglufjordur is a secluded, fjord-side ski resort in the heart of heli-skiing and cat-skiing territory. This is an incredible destination for chilled skiing and activities in a remote area, or for pushing the boundaries and exploring the world-renowned powder of north Iceland.

One of the beauties of skiing in the north Iceland region is the 5x5 lift pass, which means you can ski all 5 of the ski resorts around Akureyri on one pass. All of the included resorts are within a couples of hour’s drive of the city and offer great skiing in a series of unique and breathtaking locations.

If you’re interested in finding about more about why Iceland should be on your bucket list, head over to the skiIceland website, or give them a call on 0207 199 6014 for your own personalised dream holiday.

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