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Oddsskarð Skiing Area

Oddsskarð is one of the best skiing areas in Iceland and the largest skiing area is in East-Iceland.
-Three lifts capable of transporting 2.000 persons per hour.
-Tracks for cross-country skiing.
-Ski lodge with sleeping bag accommodation for 40 persons and a cafeteria.
-The area is partially illuminated.

Enjoy the view down to the calm fjords from the ridge. Open in winter Monday to Friday 14:00 to 20:00, Saturday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:00 as long as there is snow. Ski and snowboard rental.

Oddsskarð Skiing Area

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GPS Points N65° 3' 58.366" W13° 53' 55.693"
Accommodation 20 Sleeping bags
Opening period 01/12 - 01/05
Categories Winter adventure , Skiing

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Each town in East Iceland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages the influence of North European neighbours is obvious to everyone. 

The French made a strong impact in Fáskrúðsfjörður where the road signs are made out in French as well as in Icelandic. Norwegian influence is easily detected in the Eskifjörður and Seydisfjörður architecture. No such roots are to be seen in Egilsstadir which is latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

Map Vopnafjörður Borgarfjörður Eystri Egilsstaðir Seyðisfjörður Mjóifjörður Neskaupstaður Breiðdalsvík Eskifjörður Reyðarfjörður Fáskrúðsfjörður Stöðvarfjörður Djúpivogur