Skiing in Akureyri

Iceland is a world-class destination for ski touring. A great area of activity is Tröllaskagi, Troll Peninsula, in northern Iceland, with vertical descents of up to 1500m or almost 5000ft, thousands of peaks and slopes for all abilities making this a paradise for skiers and mountaineers.

The fact that it is surrounded by the Arctic Ocean makes it ideal for incredible opportunities, skiing right down to the ocean on stable coastal snow with the excitement of Arctic weather and conditions.
Several places offers option for skiing.

The biggest ski area is at Akureyris’ ski resort is situated just 5 km outside of the town, in a very unique area. The elevation of the site goes from 500 m to 1000 m above sea level and so there is plenty of opportunity for good skiing during the winter months, with the season lasting from the end of November till beginning of May.

The ski area has a vertical drop of 455 meters and the longest trail is more than 2.5 km. It is equipped with 7 ski lifts and 23 alpine slopes. “Snow cannons” ensure an early opening of the season, which extends from the end of November until early May. For those who enjoy skiing during the shortest days of the year there are flood lights that make night skiing possible.

You find some nice but smaller ski-resorts in the village Dalvík and Siglufjörður and by the village Grenivík snowcat tours are offered to the top of Mt. Kaldbakur (1.173 m).

Heliskiing is a growing sport in the area with the season from around mid March until the beginning of June with generally excellent corn skiing and the occasional powder dump. Throw in a mix of volcanic activity, hot springs, lava fields and a unique culture and you will find that Iceland is a true adventure skiing destination.

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