RACE DOWN THE SLOPES IN ICE­LAND’S LARGEST SKI RE­SORT

World Travel Magazine - - Inspire Me Christmas With A Twist -

You’re guar­an­teed to have a pic­ture-per­fect white Christ­mas in Ice­land, but nowhere is the Christ­mas spirit stronger than in Akureyri, base of Ice­land’s long­est fjord, Ey­jafjörður, and home to the famed Christ­mas Gar­den. Open all year round, the city’s Christ­mas Gar­den - also known as Jóla­garðurinn - is a cel­e­bra­tion of all things fes­tive, where you can ad­mire Christ­mas ac­cou­trements from around the world - it is also a hard sight to miss, what with its firetruck-red ex­te­rior moulded to look just like a gin­ger­bread house. Sur­rounded by pine trees and lo­cated next to a quiet, me­an­der­ing river, the Christ­mas Gar­den looks like a slice from a chil­dren’s fairy­tale. In­side, tra­di­tional Ice­landic Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions made by lo­cal crafts­men also line the shelves, while the neigh­bour­ing gar­den pro­vides an ex­cel­lent spot for a post­card snap.

Akureyri also houses one of the largest ski re­sorts in the coun­try, Hlíðar­f­jall, where the an­nual Ice­land Win­ter Games are held in the spring. Con­ve­niently lo­cated just 5 kilo­me­tres away from the town cen­tre, Hlíðar­f­jall fea­tures a to­tal of 23 alpine slopes for skiers of all lev­els. Flood­lights also line all of the re­sort’s main ski runs, al­low­ing for leisurely evening runs un­der the beau­ti­ful Ice­landic dusk. Daily ski les­sons are also avail­able for adults and chil­dren.

Akureyri trans­forms into a ver­i­ta­ble win­ter won­der­land in De­cem­ber

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