It’s not because of great snow. Or epic terrain. It’s all about the adventure.
Here’s why spring in Iceland is an awesome place to be: It never gets dark. Seriously. You can ski all day and practically all night this close to the Arctic Circle during the months of April and May, if your legs can handle that. Beyond the endless ski day, there are other rad things that make Iceland a surprisingly fun spring ski destination. Powder snow and huge terrain, though, are not necessarily among them.
Óli Gudmundsson, a sailboat captain on Aurora Arktika, a 60-foot sloop that serves as a basecamp for ski tourers in the Westfjords of Iceland, has a T-shirt that reads: “Shit snow. Crap weather. Best ski trip ever!” And it’s honestly true. You’re lucky if you get deep snow here; most likely, you’ll be treated to some fine spring corn with stellar views in all directions.
So now you’re asking, why should I add Iceland to my ski bucket list? For starters, it’s beautiful there. You can climb 2,000 feet on skis straight from the ocean, top out with majestic views of glaciated peaks, then eat salty dried fish and shrimp-butter-sandwiches (better than it sounds, trust us) on the summit. Then you’ll bomb down all the way to the beach, where you can pick mussels from the saltwater to cook for dinner and walk over seaweed in your ski boots. It’s an adventure like no other.