Skiing and Heliskiing

Downhill Skiing

Despite not being able to rival the Alps or the likes of the Canadian Rockies, if you know where to go in Iceland, there is some great skiing to be found.

Bláfjöll is the largest ski resort in Iceland and is conveniently located only 30 minutes outside of Reykjavik (Season runs from Jan – May)

Hlíðarfjall is Akureyri’s top-notch ski resort and the most popular in Iceland for a winter getaway. It is located just a few kilometres outside of town (Season runs from Dec – April)


Heliskiing is becoming very popular in Iceland and the place to do this is along the Trollaskagi peninsula in northern Iceland. There are some long and exciting trails, up to 1500m descents starting at mountain peaks and heading all the way down to the sea shore. The season runs from Feb – Junemaking it an ideal location in winter, where you can observe the Northern Lightss or ski under the midnight sun during the summer.

Nordic Skiing

Both Bláfjöll (near Reykjavik) and Hlíðarfjall (Akureyri) offer several cross-country tracks. You can also go skiing in the east of Iceland. I highly recommend a Nordic Skiing Tour in the east of Iceland and on the edge of the Highlands run by Denni at The Wilderness Centre. One of the best, if not the best Nordic skiing trail, runs though the infamous Landmannalaugar in the Highlands of Iceland. The trail meanders through rugged hills and past desolate black lava fields and hot geothermal springs (the perfect place to shed your layers and rest your weary muscles after a long day)

My Advice: Head to the north for the best downhill skiing or heliskiing and stay in huts along the trail for a Nordic skiing adventure with The Wilderness Center