Northern lights, snow, frozen waterfalls. There are many reasons to enjoy Iceland in wintertime. One reason stands out: skiing. Iceland is a world-class destination for skiing enthusiasts. The best thing about going skiing from Reykjavík? The slopes are only a short drive away from the Reykjavík city centre. And good news for beginners, there are almost no trees. Happy skiing!
Bláfjöll is a popular ski area, conveniently situated just half an hour outside of Reykjavík. It’s the largest ski resort in Iceland, with runs of varying difficulty levels covering a total of 15km. The slopes are wide and well-maintained. The longest is 2.5km and has an elevation difference of 240m. The most difficult is 700m long and has an elevation difference of 200m. With a ski rental and a ski school located on-site, you will find everything you need! Depending on the weather and snow conditions, the season runs from January through May. Keep an eye on Bláfjöll’s website to follow regular updates about opening times.
Skálafell ski area is located 25 minutes east of Reykjavík, and it has four ski lifts. With seven kilometres of slopes and elevations between 380m and 700m, it has great opportunities for downhill skiing and snowboarding in addition to cross-country skiing tracks. Skálafell is only open during weekends from late January until the middle of April.
|Bláfjöll opening hours
Mon-Fri 14:00-21:00, South Area 17:00-20:00, Sat- Sun 10:00-17:00
|Skálafell opening hours Sat-Sun 10:00-17:00|