There was a time in Iceland — before the local banks started taking on trillions of debt for the sheer fun of it — when Iceland was so expensive you had to raise a mortgage just to buy a beer.
The banking and currency crisis changed all that, and now a session at Bláfjöll, the country’s largest ski area and only a 30-minute drive from Reykjavik makes both economic and shred sense. No wonder it is a weekend warrior wonderland.
It has 15 lifts serving the wide, open slopes, with three miles of floodlit trails and a cool terrain park. As for après, well Reykjavik is legendary for its nightlife, and these days a few drinks after a killer day snowboarding won’t break the bank.