It's very sparsely populated, with over 60% of the 320,000 Icelanders living in the capital city Reykjavik. Many people imagine Iceland to be a bit like Greenland; lots of ice and not much else. This isn't true. Iceland has a handful of lift served ski resorts which offer a truly unique experience, very different from the conventional European skiing. The biggest is Hliðarfjall, up on the north coast near Akureyri. With six lifts it isn't what you'd call a big ski area but it gets reliable snowfall all winter and has a stunning backdrop. If you can handle the notoriously brutal weather and dark winters, a trip to Iceland could be one of the best experiences you've had on skis.

Facts & Figures
Currency Icelandic Kronur (ISK)
Time zone GMT +0
Country code +354

Pros

Excellent snow reliability, especially in the northern resorts

Breathtaking scenery 

Easier to get to from Europe than most would imagine

Quiet slopes and a real sense of remoteness

Cons

Very prone to bad weather. Strong winds and whiteouts are common

The length of the winter day. In December and January it isn't light until 10:30am and it's dark again by 4pm

Iceland is still reasonably expensive, although it is considerably cheaper than a few years ago

Slow lift systems compared to Europe and North America. But that's missing the point of skiing here.

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