Hlíðarfjall Ski Resort

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Hlíðarfjall ski resort Akureyri Iceland
Hlíðarfjall ski resort Akureyri Iceland
Hlíðarfjall powder skiing
Hlíðarfjall powder skiing
Ski touring at Hlíðarfjall ski resort Akureyri Iceland
Ski touring at Hlíðarfjall ski resort Akureyri Iceland
Northern lights at Hlíðarfjall ski resort near Akureyri Iceland
Northern lights at Hlíðarfjall ski resort near Akureyri Iceland
Night skiing during the day in Iceland!
Night skiing during the day in Iceland!
Hlidarfjall ski resort
Hlidarfjall ski resort
Hlíðarfjall ski resort above Akureyri Iceland
Hlíðarfjall ski resort above Akureyri Iceland
Hlidarfjall ski resort northern Iceland
Hlidarfjall ski resort northern Iceland
Hlíðarfjall snowboarding
Hlíðarfjall snowboarding
Hlidarfjal ski resort
Hlidarfjal ski resort

Hlíðarfjall Ski Resort

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  • Vertical (m)
    474m – 980m (506m)
    Extending up to 1012m with new chair
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (7)
    1 Chair (+1 under construction)
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Mid December to late April
    Times vary by month & weekday/weekend
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 15km
    Longest run – 2.5 km
    Advanced - 14%
    Intermediate - 46%
    Beginner - 40%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Adult – 5100ISK (€34)
    Child – 1600ISK (€10.50)
    Child u/6yr - Free

Hlidarfjall – Akureyri Ski Resort Iceland

Hlíðarfjall near Akureyri is arguably the best lifted ski area in Iceland. Hlidarfjall provides a respectable skiable vertical of over 500m off the ski lifts, plus easy access to vast backcountry ski terrain. A new quad chair is being installed for season 2019/20 increasing the ski terrain within the resort.

See the Hlíðarfjall ski trail map here.

Pros & Cons for Hlíðarfjall Ski Resort

Pros

  • It is in northern Iceland which is pretty cool for a start!
  • Access to endless backcountry powder skiing & snowboarding options;
  • High adventure near the Arctic Circle;
  • Amazing coastal mountain & fjord landscapes nearby;
  • Access to heliskiing nearby;
  • Interesting culture & cuisine;
  • Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) viewing possible.

Cons

  • Weather can be seriously blah!
  • Shortish skiable vertical off the lifts;
  • On weekdays opens at 2pm (if it opens at all!);
  • Relatively expensive lift pass;
  • Too bad if you don't like fish (the fish soup is soooo good & they have loads of lamb too)!

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Short days & dark in mid-winter;
  • Long days later in the season with glorious afternoon / evening light;
  • Can be an expensive country to travel through (mainly resturant food, fuel & lift tickets), but you only live once!

Where is Hlidarfjall Iceland?

Hlíðarfjall ski resort is situated above a fjord on the north coast of Iceland. The closest town of Akureyri , also happens to be Iceland’s second largest & is only 8km away (or 10min drive). The capital of Iceland, Reykjavik & its nearby Keflavik International Airport (KEF) are around 400km by road to the west of Hlidarfjell. Flights to Reykjavik are available from major North American & European airports.

From Reykjavik, one can either fly directly into the airport at Akureyri (AEY) (recommended) or rent a car & enjoy the drive. Note that winter driving in Iceland has its challenges & roads accessing the north can be closed for days on end. Flying to Akureyri avoids the worst of the road closures, with domestic flights leaving from the Reykjavik (RKV) airport. Search & book flights to Reykjavik & Akureyri here.

Driving to Hlidarfjall opens a world of ski touring possibilities on the nearby Troll Peninsula, but in reality for a short visit, most will be better off on a hosted tour with one of our partners. Search & book a rental car here.

For more information on getting to & around the region, see our Travel to Iceland page

Hlidarfjall Accommodation

The town of Akureyri at the end of the Eyjafjörður below Hlidarfjall provides all the local accommodation near the resort.

Search & book all Hlíðarfjall accommodation in Akureyri here.

Further up the coast on the Troll Peninsula, the village of Dalvik is a 40min drive from Hlidarfjall & provides a more traditional, quiet Icelandic escape. Between Akureyri & Dalvik, the superb Guesthouse Baegisa is a working farm providing awesome lodgings.

Review

The Powderhounds attempted to visit Hlidarfjall during an Icelandic road trip in March 2020, but were thwarted by wild weather, road closures & then the dreaded COVID19 worldwide panic. We check out the base area on a lovely cold snowy day, but had to depart soon after. We will visit again in 2021.

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Tours in or near Hlidarfjell

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Mountains & Fjords of the North Ski Tour (Photo: Guenter Kast)
GUIDED SKI TOUR | TROLL PENINSULA ICELAND
6 Days | 5 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski from summits to the sea in the fjords of northern Iceland. Explore the fabled Troll Peninsula & Eyjafjörður, ski touring & riding powder for 6 days, soaking in geothermal pools & staying in country guesthouses. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a private custom tour.
Price p/p From price based on fixed date tours, twin/double-share room & min 6 people
Base/invoice currency is in EUR or ISK incl taxes.
AUD 3,522
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Backcountry Skiing Tours

Alpine Ski Touring Landmannalaugar
GUIDED SKI TOURING | LANDMANNALAUGAR ICELAND
5 Days | 4 Nights | 5 Ski Days
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Ski tour in the third largest geothermal area in the world. Exploring a snowy volcanic landscape, skiing powder for 5 days, soaking in geothermal pools & staying in a cosy mountain hut. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a private custom tour.
Price p/p From price based on fixed date tours, shared rooms & min 4 people on tour.
Base/invoice currency is in EUR (or ISK) incl taxes.
AUD 3,397
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The Peaks of Siglufjörður Ski Tour
DELUXE GUIDED SKI TOURING | TROLL PENINSULA ICELAND
6 Days | 5 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Explore the peaks of Iceland's fabled Troll Peninsula, ski touring & riding powder for 6 days, soaking in geothermal pools & staying in comfort at Sigló, a new, comfortable traditional style hotel at the town of Siglufjordur. Join a "fixed date" tour or get your own group together for a private custom tour.
Price p/p From price based on fixed date tours, twin/double-share room.
Base/invoice currency is in EUR (or ISK) incl taxes.
AUD 4,558
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Heli Skiing Tours

©Dirk Collins
GUIDED HELISKIING | TROLL PENINSULA ICELAND
4 or 6 Day Package
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Heliski the fabled Troll Peninsula with exclusive access to the longest runs & best summit to sea skiing in Iceland. Combine world class heli-skiing, with the Northern lights, midnight sun, volcanic activity, hot springs, lava fields & a unique Viking culture for a true ski adventure experience.
Price p/p From price based on a four day heliskiing program, double occupancy accommodation.
Base/invoice currency is in EUR incl taxes.
AUD 12,012
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Boat Skiing Tours

Iceland Ski and Sail
BOAT BASED GUIDED SKI TOURING
6 Days | 5 Nights | 5.5 Ski Days
Ability: Advanced to Expert
This trip is to the beautiful Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in the West Fjords of Iceland, close to the Arctic Circle. The focus is on backcountry skiing between the remote fjords, anchoring in a different harbour each night. Join the fixed date tour.
Price p/p
AUD 9,855
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