Iceland Skiing

Iceland Skiing

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Skiing Iceland

Skiing Iceland is perfect for when the snows start melting in the mainland Europe ski resorts. Iceland has a deep, cold snowpack well into late May & early June making it perfect for skiing spring powder & corn all the way to sea level. The Icelandic ski resorts are small, so the journey across the Atlantic Ocean is usually made with heli-skiing & boat or land-based ski touring in mind. Skiing in the mountains & fjords combines with the country's unique 'fire & ice' natural environment enhancing any Iceland snow holiday experience.

Iceland Ski Resorts

Iceland's numerous small ski resorts are near the main population centres. All are tiny by world standards with short skiable verticals & at most around 15km of trails. There are a few in & around the capital of Reykjavik, with Bláfjöll being the largest. On the northern coast near the famed Troll Peninsula above the town of Akureyri, 200km northeast of Reykjavik, the ski resort of Hlidarfjell is the nation’s second largest & best due to its longer skiable vertical & backcountry access.

Land-based Ski Touring in Iceland

A world of adventure awaits anyone looking to earn their turns in Iceland. Ski touring the mountainous geothermal region of Landmannalaugar in the south, traversing the mammoth Vatnajökull Glacier (Europe’s largest by volume!), or climbing peaks & charging down steep couloirs into the fjords of the Troll peninsula will provide life-long memories. At the end of a day, relaxing in a hot spring, eating local cuisine in a comfortable hotel or lodge & perhaps viewing the amazing northern lights will top off the adventure.

Heliskiing Iceland

One of the major reasons for a ski trip to Iceland is for the heliskiing. At least 3 heliski operators are based in & around the Troll Peninsula near Akureyri. The season running from February to the end of June.

Ski & Sail Iceland

From March several operators venture out from Ísafjörður harbour into the remote north-western fjords of Iceland near the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Wild & spectacular, the region offers an amazing ski & snowboard experience based on a local yacht - ski touring during the day, eating fresh seafood & sailing to different locations every night. Ísafjörður is 220km north of the capital Reykjavik 'as the puffin fly'!

Getting to Iceland & Beyond

Iceland is situated in the mid north Atlantic, between Greenland & Norway. The capital, Reykjavik, is around 1900km northwest of London & 4200km northeast of New York.

Flights to Iceland are plentiful from a host of North American & European origins. International flights arrive at the Keflavik International Airport (KEF), 50km west of Reykjavik.

Internal (domestic) flights depart from the Reykjavik Airport (RKV), located in the heart of the city. The major heli-ski & sail-ski locations like Ísafjörður (IFJ) & Akureyri (AEY) are best accessed by flights direct from Reykjavik (RKV).

Search for a great deal on a flight to Reykjavik (KEF) or other Icelandic destination here.

Once you arrive in Iceland, several private & shared transfer options exist from Keflavik International airport to Reykjavik & beyond. Search & book your private or shared transfer to & from Keflavik here.


Iceland has a wide range of superb hotels & guesthouses, many in glorious coastal locations right on the sea. Search & book accommodation in Iceland here.


The Powderhounds will visit Iceland in 2020. Stay tuned for our new photos & insights. More information & tours is coming soon.

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