Monday, March 15, 2010

Is there still hope for some skiing?

I´ve just come back from Berlin (having attended one of the biggest tourism fair ITB), being really curios about the weather and Icelandic reality.

Well, I didn´t see any snow down south (Keflavík, Reykjavík), but reaching Akureyri in the middle of March, snow has welcome me. On the way to Dalvík, it even started snowing.

There´re still some chances to try out the slopes and apparently even Bláfjöll (half an hour drive from Reykjavík) still offers some skiing possibilities. The most important thing is checking out the weather and snow conditions on the relevant web-pages, before you actually set off to your dream Icelandic skiing destination.

Today, I want to introduce you to skiing in Dalvík, in the area of a large ski resort, just half an hour drive from Akureyri.

The area has two lifts and offers paths of two different difficulty levels. On top of that, there are 2 kilometres of cross-country skiing paths.

The skiing area serves as a training place for the local kids, bringing up some promising champions to represent Iceland. As the result of this, opening times are adjusted accordingly, however, flexibility is there, especially for groups.

Check out the updated opening hours here.
When it comes to prices, Dalvík is one of the cheap places for skiing, charging as low as 1400 ISK for an adult´s day pass and 1600 ISK for a weekend.

When writing this, there´s a big national competition in skiing announced for the end of March, taking place in Dalvík 26.03. - 29.03. This means, no public skiing.

As soon as I will have tried the local cross-country skiing area, I will post a comment.

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