Ski season in Iceland kicked off earlier this week with the opening of the Dalvík ski slope in North Iceland, RÚV reports. Thanks to huge amounts of snowfall in a short amount of time, several other ski areas will also be able to open earlier than expected, although they will only be partially open at first.
The Dalvík ski area on Böggvisstaðafjall mountain opened on Tuesday, although employees were only able to open part of the slopes to begin with. The area is equipped with snow cannons for snowmaking, however, so they expect that the entire ski area will open in the coming days.
Likewise, a part of the ski area at Hlíðarfjall, just outside of Akureyri will open on Saturday morning. To begin with, there will be four of seven lifts open, while staff work to make extra snow to use in slope formation around the other three lifts.
The Skarðsdal slope in Siglufjörður will also open on Saturday. This area hasn’t gotten as much snow as the other two, but there is still enough there to open the slopes at this time.