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Hlíðarfjallsvegur, Akureyri, Iceland

Hlíðarfjall Akureyri Reviews

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Jan 11, 2008

The ski slopes of Hlíðarfjall are a paradise for skiers; and if you are staying in Akureyri they are right on your doorstep. The environment is of the best and the ski lifts can carry 2930 persons per hour to the slopes above. The difference in altitude from lowest point to highest is about 500 meters.

The Ski Centre was built up during the years 1955-1964 but formal operations began in 1962. The ski lodge stands at a height of 506 meters above sea level and can provide sleeping accommodation in twin rooms for 22 persons, besides having a communal sleeping area which can take 70 persons. The ski hut Strýta lies at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level and has a shop and toilet facilities for the use of visitors to Hlíðarfjall

The new ski lift, which has been given the name Fjarkinn, is the pride of the Hlíðarfjall Ski Centre. It is 1000 meters long and carries 4 persons per seat. Fjarkinn replaced the oldest ski lift in the country and its capacity is many times that of its predecessor; 2000 persons an hour instead of a mere 450. It is now but a 61/2 minute ride to Strýta!!

The Winter Sports Centre is located at Hlíðarfjall Ski Centre and was established in Akureyri with the signing of an agreement between the Ministry of Education, The Akureyri Municipal Council, The Sports and Olympic Society of Iceland and the Akureyri Sports Association. This agreement was formalised 18 March 1998 and in the directive issued by the Minister of Education can be found the following:

The Icelandic Winter Sports Centre, VMÍ, is a public service association which has as its main aim the promotion of winter sports, sports instruction and outdoor activities, thus lending support to a public awareness of a healthy lifestyle and the need to nourish this through the pursuit of healthy outdoor activities, to encourage students of all ages, handicapped people, sports competitors and those high achievers in the world of sports to look on winter sports, sports instruction and outdoor recreation as a guiding light.
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