Blafjoll Ski and Snowboard Resort, Iceland

Located just half an hour from the capital, Reykjavík, Blafjoll (Bláfjöll) ski resort is Iceland’s largest skiing area, and everybody, from beginners to skilful competitors, can find a slope suited to his or her ability. Groomed beginner and intermediate slopes are found in 5 different areas. Some of the slopes are lit for night skiing and the nearby glaciers allow for summer skiing.

Services are limited in the Blafjoll ski resort but there is a refreshment centre selling food and drink, with facilities for those who have brought their own. There is overnight accommodation for 100 skiers in lodges owned and operated by three skiing clubs: Ármann, Fram and Breiðablik. For nightlife, there are numerous pubs, bars and restaurants in the greater Reykjavik area.

Blafjoll ski resort has a plentiful supply of groomed pistes with an emphasis on both novice and intermediate skiers, plus advanced runs available for more experienced skiers. Eleven ski lifts, made up of nine surface/drag lifts and two chairlifts (both doubles) can cater for a total capacity of over 8,000 people per hour.

There is alternative skiing on the nearby Vatnajokul and Kerlingarfjoll glaciers, where summer skiing is also available. Away from the slopes, Reykjavík is a welcoming city with modern and comfortable buildings, and features a historic fishing harbour, and picturesque 19th Century timber houses, which makes a great base from which to explore Iceland. Hafnarfjörður, close to Reykjavík, is a tranquil and charming location, and is the home to Vikings and elves.

The ski season in Blafjoll runs between mid-November and May (open: 10:00-21:00/Monday-Friday, and 10:00-18:00 on weekends and public holidays) with Vatnajokul and Kerlingarfjoll glaciers providing summer skiing. The simplest route to Blafjoll ski resort is flying to Reykjavík, and catch the Ski Bus.

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