Hlidarfjall might not be a name that springs to mind when you think of a ski area, but if you like skiing off the usual beaten track this is a great place to try. Snow reliability is generally excellent, given it's northerly latitude and long winter, and although not huge the ski area has a good variety of runs. It's also very popular with ski tourers as the terrain behind the marked ski area is fantastic. There is no developed resort base but the ski area is only a few miles from Akureyri, which is Iceland's second largest city. There are plenty of good hotels within 15 minutes of the ski area. Hlidarfjall has a heli ski operation which runs from the base of the ski area on certain dates. There are also snow making facilities so if nature doesn't provide natural snow early in the season, they're able to make their own. It's also very well connected with the rest of Iceland with multiple daily flight between Akureyri and the capital Reykjavik, making a trip from Europe very easy.
- Akureyri airport: 30 minutes
- Reykjavik Keflavik airport: 5 hours