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…
…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.
Notwithstanding the friendly and welcoming weekend-skiing locals, the compact little ski resorts are all yours. Knock yourselves out!
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.
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.
This most the most elusive and unpredictable of Iceland’s attractions is also its most spectacular.
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.
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.