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Safe Travel

Conditions in popular tourist sites:    Conditions depend entirely on the weather so that must be checked every day. Many trails are now  muddy or icy and therefore it‘s important to wear proper footwear as it can be slippery and falls cause accidents. Microspikes are recommended at many places. Reykjanes: Krísuvíkurvegur (42) part of it is gravel road that is in very bad condition, many big potholes, drive slowly. Construction going on by Gunnuhver where they are fixing the decks and more. Valahnjúkur is closed due to dangerous conditions! The road to Selártangar is in very bad shape.   Þingvellir: Nothing remarkable about the conditions.      Geysir: The paths can be icy/slippery because of night frost.  Please stay on marked paths.  Gullfoss: The paths are slippery at this time, especially in the morning because of night frost. It can also be wet and muddy. Please stay on marked paths. Microspikes are recommended. Western Iceland: Dangerous area around the landslide in Hítardalur. Please do not go there! In the whole West Iceland the nature is very wet and muddy and very important to stay on marked trails. Nothing remarkable about other conditions in West Iceland.  Snæfellsjökull National Park: It has snowed on the Snæfellsjökull glacier and the fresh snow hides the old cravasses, so going there without a guide is highly not recommendet.  Road 570 closed/impassable. Important to show caution at/around sea cliffs.  Westfjords: In general winter conditions can be expected on roads higher than 100-200 m above sea level. The mountain pass over Dynjandisheiði (and other gravel roads) are in very bad condition, big potholes and when it rains/snows it gets muddy. Note that at bridges are sharp edges and deep holes, show caution because it’s easy to damage cars.    Látrabjarg and Rauðisandur: The road to Látrabjarg has no winter service so it can become impassable very quickly. Worth mentioning that in heavy rain Látrabjarg becomes very slippery and trails become muddy. The road to Rauðisandur is very steep, threads the mountain with out protective rails which can be challenging for inexperienced drivers.   Hvítserkur: The road is wet and lots of potholes. The walking path can be slippery and muddy at this time of year.  Goðafoss: Autumn/winter conditions so it can be slippery/icy around the waterfall. Microspikes are recommended.  Mývatn:   When there is ice on Lake Mývatn it is very thin and big danger of falling through. Important not to walk on it! The road to Krafla/Víti can be difficult due to snow and ice and some dyas it is closed.  Dettifoss og Selfoss: Road 864 is closed, 862 is open but snow covered from road #1 but closed north of Dettifoss. Please notice that 862 has no winter service such as snowplowing so it can get impassable any time.  Hengifoss: Paths can be slippery in the mornings because of night frost and muddy after rainfall.  Microspikes are recommended. Reynisfjara: The beach can always be dangerous due to the unpredictability of the waves. It‘s not every wave – it‘s every 7th or 10th or 12th wave that goes a lot further up the beach than the rest making it difficult to assess danger upon arrival. There are no rocks in the ocean that break the waves and only a few meters of shore there‘s an underwater cliff so the pulling factor of these already powerful waves becomes even greater. On top of this the sand is very fine ash which makes it extra difficult to get away from these waves. Rocks have also been falling by the cave.  
Same applies to Djúpalónssandur in Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufjara beach but it‘s CLOSED for this reason.    Sólheimajökull: Sulfur smell is at Sólheimajökull and river Jökulsá á Sólheimasandi. People are advised to stay away from the river banks and not to be in lower areas where gasses can accumulate. Svínafellsjökull: Civil Protection advises against travel on Svínafellsjökull due to landslide danger and guided tours on the glacier are discouraged. Travelers are advised to stop only for a short while at viewpoints by the glacier tongue.  Dyrhólaey: The road to Háey is only for 4×4 vehicles. Show caution close to the cliffs edges when walking around. Show extra caution when it’s windy. Seljalandsfoss: Nothing unusual about the conditions – the trail behind the waterfall is wet/icy/slippery and one must be careful when going back up the rocks on the west side.  Microspikes are recommended. Fjaðrárgljúfur: Important to stay on the trails and not go over ropes that indicate closures as nature is very vulnerable. Paths are muddy and sometimes icy, very slippery. Important to wear good shoes. Hiking boots and microspikes are recommended.  

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Weather Alert!

Storm/weather alerts for 15.11.2018: 
North Iceland (Akureyri to Egilsstadir): very strong wind and snowfall, poor visibility. Roads might get closed. No travel conditions at all. 
Eastfjords: very strong wind and snowfall, poor visibility. Roads might get closed. No travel conditions at all in higher grounds. 
South Iceland (Vík to Höfn): Very strong wind with wind gusts more than 30 m/sec (108 km/h  –  67 mph) from Skaftafell to Höfn. Dangerous driving conditions. Windy with much rain in South and West Iceland during the weekend (Friday to Sunday). 

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Safe Travel: All F-roads are now closed because of snow!  

Weather: All F-roads are now closed because of snow!  

Road conditions: 

Winter conditions on many roads in the Westfjords, North Iceland (Borgarnes to Akureyri), North East Iceland (Akureyri to Egilsstaðir) and other roads on higher grounds. Winter tires are recommended and show caution when driving. 


General conditions in the highlands:   

All F-roads are now closed because of snow!  

Þórsmörk/Goðaland: Closed/impassable! 

Fjallabak: Closed/impassable! 

Kaldidalur: Closed/impassable! 

Kjölur:  Closed/impassable! 

Lakagígar: Closed/impassable! 

Askja: All roads to there are closed/impassable. 

Snæfell: Road is closed/impassable! 

Sprengisandur: Closed/impassable! 

Kverkfjöll:  Road is closed/impassable! VERY important to follow instructions by the icecave and not go near it all year around!  

 


Conditions in popular tourist sites:   

Conditions depend entirely on the weather so that must be checked every day. Many trails are now wet and muddy and therefore it‘s important to wear proper footwear as the mud is slippery and can cause accidents.    

Reykjanes: Construction going on by Gunnuhver where they are fixing the decks and more. Valahnjúkur is closed due to dangerous conditions! The road to Selártangar is in very bad shape.  

Þingvellir: Road closure on road 36 from the Visitors Center to the eastern crossroads of Vallarvegur (361) until October. Detour around the closure via road 361.     

Geysir: The paths can be icy/slippery because of night frost. Please stay on marked paths. 

Gullfoss: The paths can be icy/slippery because of night frost.  Please stay on marked paths. 

Western Iceland: Dangerous area around the landslide in Hítardalur. Please do not go there! Nothing remarkable about other conditions in West Iceland. 

Snæfellsjökull National Park: It has snowed on the Snæfellsjökull glacier and the fresh snow hides the old cravasses, so going there without a guide is highly not recommendet.  Road 570 closed/impassable. 

Westfjords: In general winter conditions can be expected on roads higher than 100-200 m above sea level. The mountain pass over Dynjandisheiði (and other gravel roads) are in very bad condition, big potholes and when it rains/snows it gets muddy. Note that at bridges are sharp edges and deep holes, show caution because it’s easy to damage cars.   

Látrabjarg and Rauðisandur: Worth mentioning that in heavy rain Látrabjarg becomes very slippery and trails become muddy. The road to Rauðisandur is very steep, threads the mountain with out protective rails which can be challenging for inexperienced drivers.  

Hvítserkur: The road is wet and lots of potholes. Nothing remarkable about the conditions on the walking path.       

Goðafoss: Nothing remarkable about the conditions for autumn/winter conditions.    

Mývatn: Roads in the area can be icy and slippery.    

Dettifoss og Selfoss: Road 864 is closed, 862 only for 4×4 and closed north of Dettifoss.  

Hengifoss: Paths can be slippery in the mornings because of night frost.  

Reynisfjara: The beach can always be dangerous due to the unpredictability of the waves. It‘s not every wave – it‘s every 7th or 10th or 12th wave that goes a lot further up the beach than the rest making it difficult to assess danger upon arrival. There are no rocks in the ocean that break the waves and only a few meters of shore there‘s an underwater cliff so the pulling factor of these already powerful waves becomes even greater. On top of this the sand is very fine ash which makes it extra difficult to get away from these waves. Rocks have also been falling by the cave.
Same applies to 
Djúpalónssandur in Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufjara beach but it‘s CLOSED for this reason.   

Svínafellsjökull: Civil Protection advises against travel on Svínafellsjökull due to landslide danger and guided tours on the glacier are discouraged. Travelers are advised to stop only for a short while at viewpoints by the glacier tongue. 

Dyrhólaey: The road to Háey is only for 4×4 vehicles.  

Seljalandsfoss: Nothing unusual about the conditions – the trail behind the waterfall is wet and one must be careful when going back up the rocks on the west side.   

Fjaðrárgljúfur: Important to stay on the trails and not go over ropes that indicate closures as nature is very vulnerable.   

   


Conditions on hiking trails:   

Esja: Important not to underestimate the elevation gain. At this time of year the trails can be snowy and/or icy and even though the weather is nice at the bottom start, it can be extremely windy and cold in upper parts. It’s important to be dressed/equipped for that. 

Reykjadalur: Nothing remarkable about the conditions. Important though to follow trails as the area remains sensitive to traffic.   

Básar: Trails are in good condition but because of frost during the night they can be slippery in the morning and throughout the afternoon. 

Fimmvörðuháls:  It has become cold and wet/snowy on the trail. Autumn/winter is there and bad weather conditions a fact. The huts have closed. A challenging hike and conditions vary a lot on the weather and at this time of year only go there if the weather is very good! Fog on the top and even snow is common which limits the visibility. Snow for some kms at the top. Foot prints in the snow should never be 100% relied uppon. Important to keep in mind that access to water is very limited after the river, on the pass itself.  

Þórsmörk: Trails are in good condition  but because of frost during the night they can be slippery in the morning and throughout the afternoon. 

Landmannalaugar: All trails are covered with snow. 

Laugavegur: The huts between Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk have closed so it’s not recommended to do the hike. Winter conditions on the way and as huts have closed there’s no shelter for bad weather. 

The hut in Langidalur has closed. Básar (Þórsmörk) is closed and the warden only comes to open for reserved groups and/or at weekends. Volcano Huts in Húsadalur is open all year round. The hut in Landmannalaugar will be open until end of October (closed November and December). 

Þakgil: Campsite has closed. 

Kjalvegur: Road F35 is closed and snow in the area. 

Kerlingafjöll:  Road F35 is closed. Snow in the mountains.  

Skaftafell:  Snow on the trail to Kristínartindar and on the mountain.  

SE of Vatnajökull: Nothing remarkable about the conditions. 

Víknaslóðir: Huts are closed. 

Ásbyrgi: Walking paths are muddy and slippery. Smaller walking paths will be kept closed until conditions get better.   

Dettifoss: The area is very wet. Important to stay on marked trails. 

Jökulsárgljúfur: The hiking trail between Ásbyrgi and Dettifoss is closed because of winter conditions. 

Hljóðaklettar: The hiking trail between Ásbyrgi and Dettifoss is closed because of winter conditions. 

Mývatn: Trails around Krafla and Víti are wet and slippery. 

Hornstrandir: The scheduled boats have stopped sailing there. Winter conditions and no hiking. 

Glymur: Log has been removed so there is no way but wade through the river. The current is quite strong and river very cold so wading through is not for everyone. 

 

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Safe Travel: Important Information

Weather:     

Autumn weather with rain now and then but snowfall in higher grounds, which means ice/snow on roads in higher grounds and difficult driving conditions on times. 

Road conditions: 

Winter conditions on many roads in the Westfjords, North Iceland (Borgarnes to Akureyri), North East Iceland (Akureyri to Egilsstaðir) and other roads on higher grounds. Winter tires are recommended and show caution when driving. 

 

General conditions in the highlands:   

Tourists often mistake 4×4 for a vehicle that can take on all terrain, which is of course not the case and this must be explained as damages can cost thousands of dollars. Drivers who get stuck in rivers, snow or mud have to get themselves out at own expense – there‘s no insurance in the world that covers damage linked to crossing a river. GPS devices also tend to lead drivers on to closed roads. For this reason, it’s very important they know where to access information about road conditions/closures. It is illegal to drive off-road, including on sand!!    

All F-roads are now closed because of snow  

Þórsmörk/Goðaland: Closed/impassable! 

Fjallabak: Closed/impassable! 

Kaldidalur: Closed/impassable! 

Kjölur:  Closed/impassable! 

Lakagígar: Closed/impassable! 

Askja: All roads to there are closed/impassable. 

Snæfell: Road is closed/impassable! 

Sprengisandur: Closed/impassable! 

 Kverkfjöll:  Road is closed/impassable! VERY important to follow instructions by the icecave and not go near it all year around!  

 

Conditions in popular tourist sites:   

Conditions depend entirely on the weather so that must be checked every day. Many trails are now wet and muddy and therefore it‘s important to wear proper footwear as the mud is slippery and can cause accidents.    

Reykjanes: Construction going on by Gunnuhver where they are fixing the decks and more. Valahnjúkur is closed due to dangerous conditions! The road to Selártangar is in very bad shape.  

Þingvellir: Road closure on road 36 from the Visitors Center to the eastern crossroads of Vallarvegur (361) until October. Detour around the closure via road 361.     

Geysir: The paths can be icy/slippery because of night frost. Please stay on marked paths. 

Gullfoss: The paths can be icy/slippery because of night frost.  Please stay on marked paths. 

Western Iceland: Dangerous area around the landslide in Hítardalur. Please do not go there! Nothing remarkable about other conditions in West Iceland. 

Snæfellsjökull National Park: It has snowed on the Snæfellsjökull glacier and the fresh snow hides the old cravasses, so going there without a guide is highly not recommendet.  Road 570 closed/impassable. 

Westfjords: In general winter conditions can be expected on roads higher than 100-200 m above sea level. The mountain pass over Dynjandisheiði (and other gravel roads) are in very bad condition, big potholes and when it rains/snows it gets muddy. Note that at bridges are sharp edges and deep holes, show caution because it’s easy to damage cars.   

Látrabjarg and Rauðisandur: Worth mentioning that in heavy rain Látrabjarg becomes very slippery and trails become muddy. The road to Rauðisandur is very steep, threads the mountain with out protective rails which can be challenging for inexperienced drivers.  

Hvítserkur: The road is wet and lots of potholes. Nothing remarkable about the conditions on the walking path.       

Goðafoss: Nothing remarkable about the conditions for autumn/winter conditions.    

Mývatn: Roads in the area are icy and slippery.    

Dettifoss og Selfoss: Road 864 is closed, 862 only for 4×4 and closed north of Dettifoss. There is snow in the area, wet and slippery – caution must be shown.    

Hengifoss: Paths can be slippery in the mornings because of night frost.  

Reynisfjara: The beach can always be dangerous due to the unpredictability of the waves. It‘s not every wave – it‘s every 7th or 10th or 12th wave that goes a lot further up the beach than the rest making it difficult to assess danger upon arrival. There are no rocks in the ocean that break the waves and only a few meters of shore there‘s an underwater cliff so the pulling factor of these already powerful waves becomes even greater. On top of this the sand is very fine ash which makes it extra difficult to get away from these waves. Rocks have also been falling by the cave.
Same applies to 
Djúpalónssandur in Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufjara beach but it‘s CLOSED for this reason.   

Svínafellsjökull: Civil Protection advises against travel on Svínafellsjökull due to landslide danger and guided tours on the glacier are discouraged. Travelers are advised to stop only for a short while at viewpoints by the glacier tongue. 

Dyrhólaey: The road to Háey is only for 4×4 vehicles.  

Seljalandsfoss: Nothing unusual about the conditions – the trail behind the waterfall is wet and one must be careful when going back up the rocks on the west side.   

Fjaðrárgljúfur: Important to stay on the trails and not go over ropes that indicate closures as nature is very vulnerable.   

   

Conditions on hiking trails:   

Hiking in Iceland requires proper equipment even on shorter hikes as trails are often not like the ones travelers are used to. Please study our equipment list as preparation is key for successful travel in Iceland. The way down can often be harder than the way up so hiking poles are a good tool to help tired knees. 

Esja: Important not to underestimate the elevation gain. At this time of year the trails can be snowy and/or icy and even though the weather is nice at the bottom start, it can be extremely windy and cold in upper parts. It’s important to be dressed/equipped for that. 

Reykjadalur: Nothing remarkable about the conditions. Important though to follow trails as the area remains sensitive to traffic.   

Básar: Trails are in good condition but because of frost during the night they can be slippery in the morning and throughout the afternoon. 

Fimmvörðuháls:  It has become cold and wet/snowy on the trail. Autumn/winter is there and bad weather conditions a fact. The huts have closed. A challenging hike and conditions vary a lot on the weather and at this time of year only go there if the weather is very good! Fog on the top and even snow is common which limits the visibility. Snow aleady for some kms at the top. Snow can be very wet and slushy so it‘s more time consuming and hiking poles are recommended. Foot prints in the snow should never be 100% relied uppon. Important to keep in mind that access to water is very limited after the river, on the pass itself.  

Þórsmörk: Trails are in good condition  but because of frost during the night they can be slippery in the morning and throughout the afternoon. 

Landmannalaugar: All trails are covered with snow. 

Laugavegur: The huts between Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk have closed so it’s not recommended to do the hike. Winter conditions on the way and as huts have closed there’s no shelter for bad weather. 

The hut in Langidalur has closed. Básar (Þórsmörk) is closed and the warden only comes to open for reserved groups and/or at weekends. Volcano Huts in Húsadalur is open year round. The hut in Landmannalaugar will be open until end of October (closed November and December). 

Þakgil: Campsite has closed. 

Kjalvegur: Road F35 is closed and snow in the area. 

Kerlingafjöll:  Road F35 is closed. Snow in the mpuntains. Apart from that, nothing remarkable about the conditions.   

Skaftafell: Snow at the top of Kristínartindar. Apart from that, nothing remarkable about the trails.   

SE of Vatnajökull: Nothing remarkable about the conditions. 

Víknaslóðir: Huts are closed. 

Ásbyrgi: Walking paths are muddy and slippery. Smaller walking paths will be kept closed until conditions get better.   

Jökulsárgljúfur: The hiking trail between Ásbyrgi and Dettifoss is closed because of winter conditions. 

Hljóðaklettar: The hiking trail between Ásbyrgi and Dettifoss is closed because of winter conditions. 

Mývatn: Trails around Krafla and Víti are wet and slippery. 

Hornstrandir: The scheduled boats have stopped sailing there. Winter conditions and no hiking. 

Glymur: Log has been removed so there is no way but wade through the river. The current is quite strong and river very cold so wading through is not for everyone. 

Von

Safe Travel – Strong wind in the north and west area

Weather:

Strong winds expected tomorrow Thursday on northern Snæfellsnes peninsula and the area around Ísafjörður in the Westfjords. Strong wind gusts can be expected which could become hazardous for people driving wind sensitive vehicles such as camper vans. Important to reduce speed when driving near mountains. With this there‘s also considerable rain so limited visibility can be expected on the roads.

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Safe Travel – Heavy rain and snowmelting

Heavy rain in the forecast for S and SA Iceland today until just after midnight. Snowmelt increases river flows and increased river levels can be expected in the area. These conditions can result is increased risk of mudslides in the mountains.


Conditions in popular tourist sites:

Conditions depend entirely on the weather so that must be checked every day. Many trails are now wet and muddy and therefore it‘s important to wear proper footwear as the mud is slippery and can cause accidents.

Reykjanes: Conditions on roads and trails by Gunnuhver are not good. Important to drive very slowly!

Þingvellir: Nothing remarkable about conditions.

Geysir og Gullfoss: Lower trail to Gullfoss has opened but the edges are risky as always. The road from Reykholt is in bad shape – a lot of holes and puddles when raining which can easily pop a tire if not careful. When walking from parking lot to Geysir one must be careful as the stone slabs are very uneven.

Hraunfossar og Deildartunguhver: Nothing remarkable about the conditions but it’s worth mentioning that the trail up to Eldborg in Eldborgarhraun lava field is extremely muddy!

Snæfellsjökull National Park: Roads 570 and 571 over the glacier is closed! Trails have most been fixed to accommodate those who struggle with walking but many side roads are in bad shape. Road to Hólavogur is impassible.
Southern Westfjords: Construction work at Dynjandi so all indication signs have been removed. Many of the gravel roads are in really bad shape – outer parts of turns should be avoided due to deep patterns in the wet mud. Big holes have formed in front of bridges on these roads so it’s important to reduce speed before crossing.

Hvítserkur: Road 711 from the ring road is in bad shape with big holes – road through Hvammstangi and past Vatnsnes is much better. Good to keep tides in mind if wanting to explore the rock closely.
Goðafoss: Nothing remarkable about the conditions.

Mývatn: Longer trails in Dimmuborgir are still icy but no need for crampons. Walking over Leirhnjúkar is not recommended as there’s still snow covering the trail and it’s dangerous to go outside  of the trail due to hot springs.
Dettifoss og Selfoss: Difficult hiking conditions – not for those who struggle a bit with walking. The trail is 1 km and is very wet and slippery. Plank bridges have been put over the worst puddles. Important to wear good footwear – with course patterns and waterproof.

Hengifoss: No snow but the area can be very wet due to the heavy rain!
Reynisfjara: When winds blow from the south the waves can be very big. The beach can always be dangerous though due to the unpredictability of the waves. It‘s not every wave – it‘s every 7th or 10th or 12th wave that goes a lot further up the beach than the rest making it difficult to assess danger upon arrival. There are no rocks in the ocean that break the waves and only a few meters of shore there‘s an underwater cliff so the pulling factor of these already powerful waves becomes even greater. On top of this the sand is very fine ash which makes it extra difficult to get away from these waves.
Same applies to Djúpalónssandur in Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufjara beach but it‘s CLOSED for this reason.
Skógafoss: The hike from the top of the waterfall along the canyon will remain closed until further notice due to bad conditions.
Seljalandsfoss: Nothing unusual about the conditions- the trail behind the waterfall is wet and one must be careful when going up the rocks on the west side.

Fjaðrárgljúfur: The trail has been closed due to bad conditions. Not recommended at this time. Will hopefully open June 1st.
Þórsmörk/Goðaland: Closed/Impassible for those not in a modified vehicle. Staff will remain in Húsadalur throughout the winter. Area is very wet and increased flow in Krossá – river is about 1 m. deep when it’s been raining like this. Trails in the area are also muddy.
Vestmannaeyjar: The ferry will depart from Þorlákshöfn today but announcements can be found on 
www.seatours.is (top of website). 
Landmannalaugar: Conditions are bad – winter is leaving and everything is very wet. The warden did not recommend any vehicle to drive there as river levels are high and road conditions very bad. Driving ban expected in the next few days.


Conditions on hiking trails:

Hiking during spring time requires proper equipment even on shorter hikes. Please study our equipment list as preparation is key for successful travel in Iceland. The way down can often be harder than the way up so hiking poles are a good tool to help your tired knees on the way down.

Esjan: Must not be underestimated! Considerably colder up top than by the roots and wind often increases after 250 m. Warm clothing is essential! Watch your step as it is very slippery past Steinn!

Skaftafell: S1 (Jökulslóð) and S2 (Svartifoss) are open yet the last stretch from the lookout down to the waterfall is very muddy! Other trails closed due to mud!
SA of Vatnajökull: Trails in the area are very wet. Increased flow in rivers and creeks. To access trails towards the glacier one must take gravel roads which can be in bad shape with holes and muds. The 15 km trail around Stafafjöll mountains is very wet so good footwear and gaiters must be kept in mind as well as it‘s very important to stay on the trails!

Reykjadalur: CLOSED due to muddy and hazardous conditions. Situation is closely monitored and Umhverfisstofnun will announce the opening when time comes.
Ásbyrgi: Snow is melting – wet for the next few days.
Glymur: Log over the river Botnsá will not return until next month so hikers must take a longer route over the old bridge along the hiking route “Leggjabrjótur”.


Avalanche conditions:

Those heading into the backcountry must keep the following in mind!
Moderate danger (level 2/5) in Tröllaskagi peninsula and Eastfjords.

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Safetravel – Extreme wind gusts

Weather and conditions on the main roads:

Yellow warning today! Extreme wind gusts from Seljalandsfoss to Djúpivogur (45 m/s, 160 km/h, 100 mph) until tonight – at a max at noon. Gusts in Kjalarnes, from Reykjavík to Hvalfjörður tunnel, 30-35 m/s until late tonight. Drivers on vehicles that take on a lot of wind are advised not to travel in these conditions! Strong winds and snow in NE and E-Iceland – snow expected to reduce after noon but the wind won‘t go down until late tonight so low visibility still expected on the roads. As we speak Road 1 is closed over Öxnadalsheiði mountain pass, Víkurskarð mountain pass and from Mývatn to Jökuldalur in the east (just west of Egilsstaðir)! Mountain pass over to Vopnadjörður (no. 85) is also closed!

Temperatures expected to drop quite a bit tomorrow. Wind could pick up quite a bit from Reykjavík to Borgarnes, from Seljalandsfoss to Vík and in Öræfi late on Friday – only for a short time though but worth keeping an eye on. 

Conditions in the highlands:

Highland roads are now all closed/impassible for unmodified vehicles! It’s important to be properly equipped for winter – especially those heading for hikes and camping!

Conditions in popular tourist sites:

This time of the year the conditions vary a lot on the weather. Trails are now icy/snowy in most parts of Iceland, even on lowlands so we recommend bringing crampons along ALWAYS, regardless of location! These essentials shouldn’t cost more than 3.000-4.000 ISK and make all the difference when exploring Icelandic sites during winter.

Reykjanes: Conditions on roads and trails by Gunnuhver are not good. Road 42 to Krýsuvík is often in worse conditions than others in the area.

Þingvellir: Trails covered in snow – not overly slippery but crampons recommended nonetheless. Snow blowing over the mountain roads Mosfellsheiði and Lyngdalsheiði.

Geysir og Gullfoss: Lower trail towards Gullfoss will remain closed this winter due to ice. Crampons highly recommended in both Gullfoss and Geysir!

Hraunfossar og Deildartunguhver: Icy trails – crampons recommended!
Snæfellsjökull National Park: Icy trails. Roads 570 and 571 over the glacier are closed!
South Westfjords: Road to Látrarbjarg is not winter serviced so it has not been plowed! Many mountain roads are impassible – Dynjandi cannot be accessed f.x. as roads are closed from both directions. We would also like to point out that a few avalanches have fallen in N-Westfjords so we do not recommend being out adventuring without appropriate avalanche safety equipment and knowledge to go with it!

Hvítserkur: The road to Hvítserkur from the road 711 is closed and will remain so until spring. Weather dependent as to view the rock you’ll have to walk for 10 minutes.
Goðafoss: Considerable snow and ice in the area – important to wear good shoes and crampons! Trails on the west side not recommended as they are not marked and it’s not clear where the edge ends and the ice on the river begins!
Dettifoss og Selfoss: Roads to and from Dettifoss in all directions are now closed. Conditions will be checked again on Friday.   

Hengifoss: Nothing remarkable about the conditions – weather dependent as when raining/snowing there is often fog partially covering the waterfall.
Reynisfjara: The beach can always be dangerous due to the unpredictability of the waves. It‘s not every wave – it‘s every 7th or 10th or 12th wave that goes a lot further up the beach than the rest making it difficult to assess danger upon arrival. There are no rocks in the ocean that break the waves and only a few meters of shore there‘s an underwater cliff so the pulling factor of these already powerful waves becomes even greater. On top of this the sand is very fine ash which makes it extra difficult to get away from these waves.
Same applies to Djúpalónssandur in Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufjara beach but it‘s CLOSED for this reason.
Skógafoss: Area around the waterfall is quite slippery. The steps are ok but ice increases with elevation gain!
Seljalandsfoss: The walking path behind the waterfall is closed due to ice! Other trails are ok but crampons recommended!
Þórsmörk/Goðaland: Closed/Impassible for those not in a modified vehicle. Staff will remain in Húsadalur throughout the winter. Snow has increased but the river is lower than usual yet full of ice and the banks are quite high.
Vestmannaeyjar: The ferry will depart from Þorlákshöfn until further notice on 
www.seatours.is (top of website). 
Landmannalaugar: Roads are only passible for those with experience in a well modified vehicle! Slushy conditions a few days ago yet with dropping temperatures this has become harder.

Conditions on hiking trails:

Hiking during winter time requires proper equipment even on shorter hikes. Please study our equipment list as preparation is key for successful travel in Iceland. Winter has arrived in most areas in Iceland so we recommend having minor crampons with you at all time.

Esjan: Crampons are essential! Mountain crampons needed to go beyond Steinn as snow and ice are along that climb. Must not be underestimated! Considerably colder up top than by the roots and wind often increases after 250 m. Warm clothing is essential!

Skaftafell: S1 and S2, most popular trails to the glacier and to the viewing platform by Svartifoss waterfall, are ok. Towards the waterfall crampons are recommended! Other trails in Skaftafell are closed due to extreme ice – proper mountain crampons and equipment needed! 
Reykjadalur: Very slippery conditions and snow! Important to wear crampons – not passible in sneakers! Important to stay on the trail as it’s surrounded by dangerous hot springs and very vulnerable nature!
Ásbyrgi: Ice and snow on all the trails!
Glymur: Ice on the trail and snow increases with elevation gain. Log over the river Botnsá will not return until spring so now hikers must either cross the river on foot, go up on the west side (not a good angle to see the waterfall) or take a longer route over the old bridge along the hiking route “Leggjabrjótur”.

Avalanche conditions:

Those heading into the backcountry have to keep the following in mind! 
High danger (level 4/5) 
in Eastfjords due to strong NE winds and heavy snowfall – unstable snowpack in the mountains. Considerable danger (level 3/5) in Tröllaskagi Peninsula with winds and snowfall predicted next days and N-Westfjords with a lot of new snow that is windpacked after strong ENE-winds.