Questions and answers about skiing in Iceland
Does Iceland have good skiing?
While Iceland doesn’t have the built-up infrastructure of the Alps with its purpose-built ski resorts, mountain-top restaurants, prepared slopes and extensive cable car and chairlift network, Iceland offers something arguably better- particularly for the adventurer or extreme sports junkie.
Ski touring in the peace and beauty of Iceland’s phenomenal nature. For cross-country skiers, you can ski over the vast distances of Iceland’s renowned trails, surrounded by Iceland’s unique volcanic and glacial landscapes.
What months can you ski in Iceland?
Iceland's ski season lasts from November to April, depending on where you go and what kind of skiing you’ll be doing. Some ski touring areas on the higher ground are accessible up to June, especially in the northern fjords.
What is the snowiest month in Iceland?
The best snow conditions are found in February and March.
What is skiing like in Iceland?
We’re biased, of course, but it’s hard to beat Iceland for ski touring and long-distance cross-country skiing in pristine wilderness.
Is there skiing in Iceland in March?
Absolutely - you’ll still find excellent snow conditions in March.
What is so Nordic about Nordic skiing?
You’ll find areas of Iceland with prepared tracks and other places where there won’t be any. One thing’s for sure: you’ll be surrounded by wild subarctic scenery in Iceland - expansive upland fells and peaks uninterrupted by trees.
Is skiing cheaper in Scandinavia than in the Alps?
Skiing in Scandinavia tends to be slightly cheaper than in the Alps because the skiing industry is not as developed as it is in mainland Europe and is less well-known. On top of that, ski touring and cross-country skiing is a relatively cheap options as you’re not paying for ski passes.
Are ski resorts in Iceland crowded?
Because the ski industry in Iceland doesn’t cater for the large numbers typical of the Alps, skiing here is an altogether more serene experience; you’ll feel really connected to the swathes of empty landscapes in Iceland.