Finally it snows!
We are experiencing the warmest winter for probably 20 years here in Iceland … and today, in the beginning of February it was finally time to hit the slopes for the first time this winter!
Bláfjöll mountains (approx. 30 min drive from Reykjavik) have been open for the past week but I had heard the amount of snow hadn’t been too intense. But after waking up and seeing some fresh snow on the grounds, no wind in the trees and sun shining, we decided to give it a go.
Me & my main man Jóel had an amazing hour or so in the sun and perfect conditions before a complete whiteout just took over the mountain in a matter of minutes and left us blind – So we decided to call it a day.
For my Icelandic friends: DEFINITELY go and enjoy some skiing / snowboarding while it lasts. In my experience I’m never really that motivated to hit the mountain in the beginning of each season until I actually go once – And after that I crave to go every time I can for the rest of the winter.
And for my friends around the world, here are some super quick tips & info for skiing or snowboarding in Iceland:
When to go skiing in Iceland?
So, disappointing for those of you that are visiting Iceland with the misconception of finding yourself in skiing paradise … Although a huge, huge part of our population loves skiing and tries to go as often as possible, Iceland doesn’t really live up to it’s name in this category!
Our mountains and skiing resorts aren’t that large and with most of the slopes you can burst down from top to bottom in just about 5-15 minutes. Also, our winters have been getting so much warmer for the past years so our season has got super short and unpredictable. STILL however, it is of course always fantastic to hit the slopes – So if you are interested in snowboarding in Iceland, I definitely recommend you to go for it.
As for now, I would normally say that your best chance of skiing / snowboarding in Iceland is January – March, although April can be just amazing if it has snowed much earlier in the winter.
Where to go skiing in Iceland?
If you are staying in Reykjavik, by far your best bet is Bláfjöll – or the Blue Mountains in English. It’s by far the most popular resort for locals in Reykjavik as it is only approx. 30 min drive from Reykjavik.
Another amazing place to go skiing (and probably my favourite when it is open) is Skálafell. It’s another, much smaller resort North/East of Reykjavik and also in an easy 25-30 min. driving distance from the capital. However, it normally has a lot shorter opening season and is only open during weekends.
If you are driving West or East you will find plenty of towns with their own skiing areas that are smaller but have crazy slopes and are a lot more likely to be covered in snow!
In my opinion, my hometown, Akureyri in the north of Iceland has the best skiing resort in the country. So, if you are heading north, make sure to check out Hlíðarfjall skiing resort.
Bláfjöll & How to get There
The most popular skiing resort in Iceland and for a good reason. Easily accessible from Reykjavik, plenty of lifts and amazing views. The slopes are good even though they aren’t too large and great for downhill skiing, snowboarding or cross country skiing. The area is also known for frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity … very comforting for a skiing trip!
Bláfjöll is only approx. 20km from Reykjavik and you can find a Google Maps link with the directions right here.
Price & more info
Since the opening hours in both Bláfjöll & Skálafell mountains is really variable it’s important to follow their websites for the most recent information.
You can get the latest updates on opening hours, rental gear, prices and more on their skiing resort website right here.
I hope this helps! Don’t hesitate to get in touch in the comments below if I can be of any assistance and I’ll get right back to you!