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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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