Skiing in Iceland

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skiing in the midnight sun

skiing in the midnight sun

Why a skiing story just as the season is ending you might ask? It might be coming close to putting ski equipment in the loft if you have only ever skiied here. But if you want to get a bit more skiing in before  your skies until next winter have you considered Iceland?

There, the season doesn‘t end until June is out. Visitors to North Iceland will find all abilities and preferences catered for, from novices on the piste to experienced skiers and sporting daredevils.  With its dramatic landscapes the north of Iceland is also becoming popular amongst the extreme skiing community as it provides the perfect location for heli-skiing, as well as snowcat-skiing.

North Iceland possesses five main ski areas and this year the resorts have teamed up to offer a five-day ski pass, which allows skiers to experience the full breadth of Iceland’s ski provisions. Whilst the price is fixed – the 5×5 ski pass costs £99 per person – the way in which it is used is completely flexible and visitors can either spend one day at each of the resorts, or spend more time at some and less time at others. There is no need to purchase the 5×5 pass in advance, since it is available to buy at each of the five resorts, and there are also ski rental facilities and tuition schools that aspiring skiers can make full use of.

Sauðárkrókur-Tindastóll. This is to the west of Akureyri, right by the town of Skagafjörður. Particularly well-suited to families, the slopes at Sauðárkrókur are open all year round and have been equipped with a state-of-the-art snow production system which has not only ensured better snow conditions for skiers, but also represents an exciting new innovation in Iceland´s winter sports programme. The Sauðárkrókur area also offers a number of clearly defined tracks for cross-country and snowcat skiing, and has a special zone specifically reserved for snowboarders.

Siglufjörður is a small fishing town in a narrow fjord on the northern coast of Iceland and its ski slopes, again open all year round,  are claimed to be among the best in Iceland. Ski lifts reach over 650 meters above sea level, making for stunning views as skiiers descend the beautiful slopes which look out over the Siglufjörður fjord. The website is only available in Icelandic for the present.

The Tindaöxl ski area is situated right next to Ólafsfjörður, a town in the northeast of Iceland located at the mouth of the Eyjafjörður fjord. This offers ideal conditions for a variety of winter sports. Whilst the mountains and valleys offer excellent terrain for snowmobile touring, the slopes are in pristine condition for skiing and snowboarding, and are well-suited to beginners and professionals alike. Open all year round, Tindaöxl also boasts excellent slalom tracks and the Ólafsfjörður Skiing Association organises regular cross-country excursions.

Dalvík is a small fishing town, located just a 35-minute drive from Iceland’s second largest city, Akureyri. With a wide variety of runs which are suitable for all abilities, Dalvik is another resort that is highly popular with definitely families. The main slope in the Dalvík ski area is floodlit and over 1,200m long. The Dalvík area has recently been equipped with a new snow production system, to ensure optimum skiing conditions. Depending on the conditions, there is also the opportunity for skiiers to go off-piste and on to a cross country skiing track which is prepared right next to the skiing area. The Dalvík ski area is open from the beginning of December until the middle of May.

Located just a short drive from Akureyri, the Hlíðarfjall mountain area has been one of the prime skiing spots in Iceland for almost 40 years. The area is known for its high quality snow, extensive cross country tracks and exciting ski slopes, with breathtaking views of Eyjafjörður that extend as far as Mount Herðubreið. Whilst snow blowers ensure that the conditions are just right, ski and snowboard instructors are always on hand to help skiiers improve their technique and fine tune their style.

For more about skiing in north Iceland, click here.

Image © North Iceland Marketing Office

 

 

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