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
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Hlíðarfjall snowboarding
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Hlidarfjal ski resort

Hlíðarfjall Ski Resort

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  • Vertical (m)
    474m - 1,012m (538m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    Unknown
  • Lifts (8)
    2 Chairs
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Mid December to late April
    Times vary by month & weekday/weekend
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 15km
    Longest run - 3km
    Advanced - 14%
    Intermediate - 46%
    Beginner - 40%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 20/21
    Adult - approx €34
    Child - approx €10
    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 was being installed for season 2019/20 increasing the ski terrain within the resort, but it failed to spin. It is all set for season 2020/21 ......... assuming it happens!

Pros & Cons for Hlíðarfjall Ski Resort

Pros

  • It is in northern Iceland which is pretty cool for a start!
  • Best ski lifts & inbounds terrain in Iceland.
  • Decent skiable vertical from the top of the new chairlift.
  • 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 by world standards
  • 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.
  • Iceland can be an expensive country to travel through (mainly restaurant food, fuel & lift tickets), but you only live once!

Skiing & Snowboarding, Lifts & Terrain

Even though we never got to ski it (a mix of bloody awful weather & the beginnings of COVID-19), we like the look of the Hlidarfjall ski terrain. The resort base facilities present like rubbish, but the lifts extending up to 1,012m provide a level of high alpine access unique in Iceland. The 15km of piste trails doesn’t seem like much, but there appears to more to it than at first meets the eye.

The main alpine ridge is only 100m elevation higher that the top lift. To the west are the peaks & small glaciers of Bunga, Strýta (1,456m) & Kista (1,474m). From there, long backcountry descents or over 1,300m are possible on north-aspect terrain into the Horgàrdalur to Baegisa.

Check out the Hlíðarfjall-Akureyri ski trail map.

As with all ski areas in Iceland, Hlidarfjall is geared toward the local skiers. Weekday opening times of 1400hr are normal, but this limits its utility for uphill transport to access the backcountry. Weekend times are better.

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.

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. If hiring a car in Iceland, try & get all-wheel drive with studded tyres. 'Studded tyres' I hear you say. Yes, get them. You will need them! Rental are easy to get at Keflavik airport near Reykjavik, but Akureyri has a good selection too. Search & book here for a rental car.

For more information on getting to & around the region, plus driving tips, 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. The largest town in northern Iceland, Akureyri has everything you need for a comfortable stay.

The compact town centre is lively at times & has all the best bars & restaurants nearby. Centred on Hafnerstraeti, there are several high quality accommodation options in the immediate area, each providing something different. For the budget conscious & young at heart, the Akureyri Hostel looks to be a superb option in the centre of town. The associated bar & cafe are excellent. Next door, A few doors down, the Centrum Guesthouse is more like a quality hotel. It has lovely rooms & suites, and convivial restaurant & bar. A few more doors down the street, Town Square Apartments have fully self-contained rooms for groups of up to 10 people. The 4-star Hotel Kea completes the accommodation picture in the centre of Akureyri, providing a full service hotel experience with a quality restaurant.

Search & book all Hlíðarfjall accommodation in Akureyri.

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 with gracious hosts & backcountry ski access direct from the door.

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 set in so we caught the last place out of Reykjavik. We checked out the base area on a lovely cold, snowy day, but had to depart soon after. We will visit again as soon as the world becomes normal (but not too normal we hope!).

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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.
USD 2,582
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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.
USD 2,491
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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.
USD 3,342
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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, fjords, 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.
USD 8,806
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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
USD 6,800
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