Two large lifts are nearly completed at Bláfjöll ski resort and will hopefully be operational by the start of the winter skiing season, reports RÚV.
The new lifts will be some 450m long, taking just over a minute to reach the top of the slope. Einar Bjarnason, manager of the ski area, reports that it will be able to take 2,400 individuals every hour.
The news comes just as winter is arriving in the capital, the last few days having been the first properly cold ones of the year, with temperatures dipping to 3°C [37°F].
The improvements to Bláfjöll will also include a new building from which skiers will board the lift, skiing directly into the building. The building, called Gosinn, will have a futuristic look, reminding some of a spaceship. Additionally, other facilities are also getting improvements before the winter season.
The Bláfjöll ski resort is a popular winter recreation for residents of the capital area, located about 25 minutes from Reykjavík. The beginning of the season depends on the weather, but it is generally open by the end of December to beginning of January.