Iceland’s northerly latitude means ski season lasts all the way until the end of June. Excellent snow conditions and a lack of trees make Iceland’s slopes ideal for novices. On the other hand, northern Iceland’s scenic beauty, slopes that reach above 2,000 feet, and landscapes perfect for heli-skiing and snowcat-skiing have also made it an increasingly popular destination among the extreme skiing community.
Visit the Icelandic slopes from May through July to experience the magical midnight sun, or October through April to see the northern lights bouncing off the snow. Ready to hit the slopes? There are plenty of great travel packages available, including day tours that allow skiers to ski all the way from the highest mountain peaks to the lowest fjords or week-long trips that take a cross-country trek through the north of Iceland, skiing by day and sleeping in self-built igloos by night.
In addition, the five main ski areas of northern Iceland have teamed up to offer a five-day ski pass, which allows skiers to experience the full breadth of Iceland’s ski provisions. Learn more about each location, most of which are open year round, by following the links below:
- Sauðárkrókur-Tindastóll ski area: Located slightly west of Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest city, the slopes at Skagafjörður are perfect for families.
- Siglufjörður ski area: Near a small fishing town in a narrow fjord on the northern coast of Iceland, visitors can enjoy stunning views as they take ski lifts that reach 2,000 feet above sea level.
- Tindaöxl ski area: Great conditions, mountains, valleys, slopes and slalom tracks at Tindaöxl make it ideal for a variety of winter sports.
- Dalvík ski area: A 35 minute drive from Akureyri, Dalvík is equipped with a brand new snow production system, ensuring optimum skiing conditions.
- Hlíðarfjall ski area: This mountain’s extensive cross country tracks and breathtaking views of Eyjafjörður and Mount Herðubreið have made it one of the most popular ski destinations in Iceland for nearly 40 years.