Date: 2009-10-24 21:38:00
skiing around the world
The ski season in New Zealand runs from Queen's Birthday (first Monday in June) through to Labour Day (last Monday in October, this weekend). Unfortunately, Amy and I didn't manage to go skiing at all this season. While we were in Iceland last April, we stopped in Akureyri and drove up to the local ski hill on the slopes of Hlíðarfjall (which is no more than about 10 minutes drive from town).

We had a hot chocolate at the lodge, and seriously considered spending the day skiing. I said at the time that although it would be fun, I wouldn't be disappointed if we chose not to ski. We decided to press onward (since we only had a limited number of days left) and ended up spending our spare day in Stykkishólmur instead.

However, I now think it would have been awesome to go skiing in Iceland. It was a gorgeous day (see above), not too cold, we had enough time, and Akureyri is a charming little town with an excellent hot pool. And all the red traffic lights in Akureyri are heart-shaped!

At night, you could also see lights across the fjord Eyjafjörður that form a huge red heart. We didn't spend much time there, but I think Akureyri was one of my favourite places in Iceland.
Greg Hewgill <>