Cross-country skiing is a special sport. Despite sometimes being overlooked in favour of its adrenaline-pumping alpine cousin, it has far more to offer than you might think.

So what makes cross-country skiing so great? To begin with – it’s a low-impact, full-body exercise – you’ll be using almost every muscle group without impact-loading your joints, it improves your balance, it gets your heart pumping faster, and most of all – it’s just good fun!


Skiing with Sóti

Our cross-country courses are the perfect entry point for those who’ve never been on skis before, and a fantastic opportunity for those looking to hone their skills.

You’ll begin your holiday with an introduction to the course, the kit (including the best clothing to wear), and of course your guide. Then it’s straight out to the tracks for a fun evening session, before enjoying a delicious three-course gourmet dinner.

Day two is broken down into a morning and afternoon session, with mid-morning coffee, then lunch and finally aprés to keep you strong throughout the day – it’s easy to forget you’re working out when you’re having such a great time. You’ll then have the opportunity to enjoy the geothermal pool, sauna and hot tub, or perhaps try out a unique flotation treatment before dinner.

By now, you’ll be feeling pretty slick on your skis – so enjoy one last morning session before we part ways.

All of our courses have limited availability, so you’ll be skiing with a small group. This means your instructor will be able to give you plenty of personal feedback, tips and tricks. Accommodation is at the delightful Sóti Lodge, and you’ll be skiing right outside the lodge itself where snow conditions allow.

2024 dates available – see booking calendar! Please note – when booking, the amount shown is a deposit only. We will reach out in the weeks prior to the course with a link to make the final payment.

Fljótin – the cradle of Icelandic skiing

A few decades ago, skiing was the only real way for Fljótin locals to get around. The community was snowed in for months, and skiing was the best way to visit family and move around the valley. The first ski competition in Iceland was held in Barðshyrna in the Fljót valley in 1905.