Iceland is full of diverse and stunning scenery. From active volcanoes and mighty glaciers to snow-capped mountains descending into the sea, there is plenty of pristine wilderness to experience. Getting out on your skis gets you away from what little urban development there is here and out into the wilderness. There is nothing quite like skiing from a seaside summit down a fjord and to the seashore!
Best time to visit:
March to May
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What’s the weather like?
During the beginning of spring, average daily temperatures begin to creep back above freezing. The spring is also slightly drier than the winter, meaning fewer days of snow but plenty of powder already on the ground
How do I get there:
Any trip to Iceland will begin with a flight into either Keflavík International Airport (KEF) or Reykjavik Airport (RKV). From here, it is easy enough to rent a car, take public transport or catch a domestic flight to your final destination
In spite of its northerly latitude, Iceland has relatively mild winters compared to similar places as far north because of the Gulf Stream. This makes backcountry skiing very popular as the conditions will be slightly more favourable than in other Scandinavian countries. Outside of the aforementioned backcountry spots, there are many others as well. Just outside of the capital, Reykjavik, there are plenty of spots to see as well. The Sólheimajökull glacier is just 110 kilometers away from the capital and provides excellent views as well as terrains for backcountry skiing. Eyjafjordur, just east of the Troll Peninsula, also offers plenty of excellent options. Including some hut-to-hut itineraries that allow you to fully immerse yourself in the Icelandic wilderness
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