Country Information

Capital: Reykjavík

Time zone: GMT ±0

Currency: Icelandic króna

Language: Icelandic (English widely spoken)

Access: International flights arrive in to Keflavík Airport (KEF), which is near Reykjavík. The ski fields we feature are near Akureyri (AEY), Iceland's second city requiring a domestic flight from the capital.

Ski Season: Late November until May.

Largest Ski Resorts: Hlíðarfjall, Oddsskarð, Bláfjöll & Skálafell.

Beyond the skiing: See the northern lights. Whale-watching, snowmobiling safaris, hot springs, super-jeeps and husky adventures are all options. The landscapes are other-worldly, with frozen waterfalls and dramatic geysers. Reykjavik is a seriously cool city.

With your spirit of adventure and a penchant for the alternative, you find yourself bound for Iceland, with ski gear packed away in the hold of the plane. Let’s examine the reasons why…

The beautiful Troll Peninsula…

…is a skier’s nirvana. Whether you limit yourself to the several small ski resorts or instead prefer to head out in to the limitless backcountry, this undiscovered finger of Iceland can only be described as utterly spectacular.

You have the slopes to yourself

Notwithstanding the friendly and welcoming weekend-skiing locals, the compact little ski resorts are all yours. Knock yourselves out!

Heli-skiing and ski-touring doesn’t get better

Here, on the Troll Peninsula, 90% of the terrain is skiable. There are hardly any cliff faces and even fewer flat spots - it’s as if the backcountry gods had a hand in the design of the mountains. They have slopes for the gnarly pro riders and gentle bowls for the first time heli skier. And you can ski the vertical all the way down to the ocean, covering over 900m of drop.

Reykjavik is en route

You can’t simply pass through Reykjavik. It’s not that kind of town - it demands your attention. By simply hanging out in a café in the groovy downtown area makes you one of the coolest 1% of people on the planet.

Northern Lights

This most the most elusive and unpredictable of Iceland’s attractions is also its most spectacular.

The long ski season

Whilst the snow pack is predominantly coastal, they are often still skiing well in to the springtime. There is even the occasional powder dump in May.

The friendliest people on the planet. Official.

History tells us that the Icelandic Vikings were less in to raping and plundering and more in to drunken feasting. More recently, a report by the World Economic Forum in 2013 ranked Iceland as the friendliest country in the world to foreign visitors. The UK was 55th and the French were….well, let’s leave that there.

Country Information

Capital: Reykjavík

Time zone: GMT ±0

Currency: Icelandic króna

Language: Icelandic (English widely spoken)

Access: International flights arrive in to Keflavík Airport (KEF), which is near Reykjavík. The ski fields we feature are near Akureyri (AEY), Iceland's second city requiring a domestic flight from the capital.

Ski Season: Late November until May.

Largest Ski Resorts: Hlíðarfjall, Oddsskarð, Bláfjöll & Skálafell.

Beyond the skiing: See the northern lights. Whale-watching, snowmobiling safaris, hot springs, super-jeeps and husky adventures are all options. The landscapes are other-worldly, with frozen waterfalls and dramatic geysers. Reykjavik is a seriously cool city.