A short 30-minute drive from Reykjavík’s city centre sits the largest ski resort in Iceland, Bláfjöll. With over a dozen activities to choose from, from beginner’s slopes to advanced slopes to several cross-country skiing paths, it is a popular destination for skilled skiers and families.
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. Bláfjöll even offers a skiing school for children on the weekends throughout much of the winter. This means that Bláfjöll tends to get crowded between February and April.
This should be less of a concern after some renovations that have taken place between 2021-2022, which will add two new ski lifts to the fourteen already in place. Renovations have been taking place at the ski resort since 2020. Along with the two new additions, older lifts have received repairs and upgrades.
Another new feature is snow production. Although the mountains remain fairly snowy in late winter and early spring, the resort operators want to open earlier. But the unpredictable and warmer weather in December and early January makes opening before February difficult. By producing their own fake snow, as many ski resorts do nowadays, Bláfjöll could ensure that the fun could start earlier. As of the time of this writing, it is unclear when the snow production will be up and running.
Didn’t bring your gear with you to Iceland? Don’t worry, you can rent all the necessary equipment at the ski resort. You can plan your trip out to Bláfjöll through the resort’s website.
While you’re in the area, don’t miss the chance to visit the Leiðarendi Lava Cave!