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Gleðilega Páska 2019

Gleðilega Páska

Dear Friends & Family

Easter is eggs and candy. It is also peace, love, and family. It’s also a few days free of the daily hassle where we dream about wonderful things. One of the most wonderful things is visiting a peaceful and quiet country where only 350.000 people live that give their best to host visitors. Our main attractions are made by mother earth. Clear water, clean fresh air and hot water that shoots from the ground… Endless roads where a traffic jam is unimaginable… One of the most flexible ways to travel is Camper Iceland one of the oldest motor Home & 4×4 Camper rental companies in Iceland. Have a look if you find a vehicle type that you fancy for your next vacation if you haven’t done it already. 

We wish you all the best from the bottom of our hearts. 

Your Camper Iceland Team

www.campericeland.is 

 

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First Puffins of the Year Arrive in Iceland

Migratory birds are flocking to their summer breeding grounds in Iceland, and puffins are no exception. RÚVreports that Svafar Gylfason spotted the year’s first puffin while fishing at sea near Grímsey island, North Iceland last weekend.

Svafar has been recording the spring return of puffins in the area for 19 years. He says the beloved bird’s appearance is a week earlier than it’s been in the past. Atlantic puffins spend most of their lives at sea, but return to coastal locations to breed during the summer. By early May, most of Iceland’s puffins have returned to their breeding grounds, where they will dig burrows in which females lay a single egg.

The puffin’s conservation status was recently rated as vulnerable by the IUCN. Last year BirdLife International declared the Atlantic puffin in danger of extinction. Climate change and human fishing activity seem to be factors in the bird’s population decline. Over half of the world’s population of Atlantic puffins breeds in Iceland, or some 8-10 million birds.

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Attention WOW Air customers

Dear Customers

We are receiving E-Mails from concerned clients in regards to the WOW Air situation. As you might have read WOW Air stopped operating this morning. There will not be anymore WOW Air flights and nobody is taking over the flights. If you have booked a flight with WOW Air here is what we recommend that you do and do it quickly:

Did you book directly with WOW Air?

Call your Credit Card company or Bank and seek their assistance to get your money back because you will obviously not get the service as promised by WOW Air. Also check if you have some kind of insurance that would cover the loss if you cannot get the money back. Examples would be insurances provided by credit Card companies, third party and sometimes people even have travel insurances in a package deal they made with their insurance company. 

Did you book with a travel Agent?

The first step is to contact your travel agent and ask for a solution. A solution could be another flight is provided or you get the money back. Travel Agents should have received the letter from the Icelandic government (see below) and are also recommended to try to get the money back.

Do you wish to cancel the trip?

We recommend finding another flight to Iceland and to visit our beautiful country. Cancellations are always ich connected to some kind of cost that you might want to avoid. In regards to your booking with us nothing has changed. If you have a booking confirmation from us we are ready for you and look forward to greet you in Iceland. However if you should decide to cancel your whole trip please read our cancellation policy online: https://www.campericeland.is/en/information/conditions/

 

The Icelandic Government just sent this statement:

https://mailchi.mp/ferdamalastofa.is/frttir-fr-feramlastofu-471849?e=d4b3626349

 

INFORMATION FOR WOW AIR OPERATING SERVICES

Show solidarity in a difficult situation 
WOW AIR has discontinued operations and below provides important information for passengers and tour operators. In this difficult situation, the Icelandic Tourist Board wants to encourage tour operators to assist as far as possible with the travelers who encounter problems, help them to gather information and generally show their sensitivity and fairness in all respects. 

How do passengers get to their destination? 
If a passenger has purchased a single ticket, he must return home and at his own expense. Part of the government’s contingency plan is the activation of so-called liferafts where other airlines step in and offer passengers WOW who need to reach a lower fare fare. When this is written, the airlines Icelandair, Easyjet, Norwegian and Wizz air have offered such fares and more could be added. The duration of the bid varies between airlines, but the last day to book is 7 – 11. April, by airlines. 

Further information is available on the website of the Icelandic Transport Authority and they are updated as soon as possible. 

Legal Status of Passengers 
The legal status of a passenger varies depending on whether the flight is part of a package tour or whether a purchased air ticket has been purchased. 

Those who have purchased individual airline tickets and paid by debit or credit card are advised to contact their commercial bank or credit card company. Most financial companies have already published information on WOW’s stoppage of their web sites and what people should do. 

If a flight is part of a package tour, the seller of a package tour is responsible for bringing his passengers to their destination and back again. Those who have bought a package tour or are already on a package tour, and the part of the trip with WOW, should contact the package vendor for more information. 
Those who have bought a package tour directly from WOW-travel (a travel agency owned by WOW Air) can contact the Icelandic Tourist Board via the email address mail@ferdamalastofa.is . 

The right seller package package 
The seller of a package tour, who must provide his / her passengers with another flight to fulfill his / her obligations, may have a general claim in an airline’s estate in case of its bankruptcy. If the seller of a package tour has purchased a part of the trip with a credit card, he can check his right with his payment card company. 

The Icelandic Tourist Board’s contingency plan 
The Icelandic Tourist Board has activated a contingency plan for the bankruptcy or operational stoppage of the package travel sellers and interconnected travel arrangements and the position of their customers. The plan covers the seller’s insurance obligations and, most of all, what those who have purchased a package tour of a company that goes bankrupt must do so in order to get a refund and generally for the treatment of cases when a company that has sold a package tour or interconnected travel arrangement goes bankrupt. Thus, the Icelandic Tourist Board will gather information on its travel, status and passengers, seek cooperation with airlines and decide on the carriage of passengers if applicable. 

Further information 
Further information can be found on the website of the Icelandic Tourist Boardand in the news on the website of the Icelandic Transport Authority which is updated as soon as possible. 

Information in English 
On the website of the Icelandic Transport Authority you will find information in English and they are updated as soon as new information is received.

 

 

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Now that we have winter and often snow and ice on the ground, it’s important to wear proper footwear

Now that we have winter and often snow and ice on the ground, it’s important to wear proper footwear. It can be very slippery and falling can cause accidents. Microspikes are recommended and it’s important to stay on marked paths and roads. 

 

Weather:      

The storm in West Iceland, Westfjords and North West Iceland will more or less calm down on Thursday but still windy and snowfall in some areas. Followed by cold weather and most likely some snowfall during the weekend. 

Road conditions:  

 Winter tires are necessary and slow down when driving in winter conditions; icy/slippery roads, snow on the roads, poor visibility, etc. 

  

General conditions in the highlands:    

All F-roads are now closed because of winter conditions and will not open until mid/late June!   

  

Conditions in popular tourist sites:    

Conditions depend entirely on the weather which must be checked every day.  

Reykjanes: Constructions by Gunnuhver fixing the decks and paths. Valahnjúkur is closed due to dangerous conditions!  

Seltún/Krýsuvík: Part of the hot spring area is closed due to high activity and danger of expolsions. Stay out of the closed area! 

Þingvellir:  Please stay on marked paths.  Microspikes are recommended when icy.  

Geysir: Please stay on marked paths. Microspikes are recommended when icy.  

Gullfoss:  Please stay on marked paths. Microspikes are recommended when icy.  

Western Iceland: Dangerous area around the landslide in Hítardalur. Do not go there! Important to stay on marked paths everywhere. 

Snæfellsjökull National Park: Important to only go on the glacier with an experienced guide.  Show caution at/around sea cliffs.  

Djúpalónssandur: The beach can always be dangerous due to the unpredictability of the waves. 

Westfjords: In general winter conditions on roads and some mountain roads are closed. Note that at bridges are sharp edges and deep holes, slow down 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. 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 has lots of potholes. The walking path can be icy/slippery at this time of year.  

Goðafoss: Microspikes are recommended when icy. Important to stay on marked paths. 

Mývatn:  Even if the ice on Lake Mývatn looks solid, there are weak spots on it and big danger of falling through. Do not walk onto it!  The road to Hverfell/Hverfjall is only passable for jeeps and impassable to Krafla/Víti. 

Dettifoss and Selfoss: Road 864 is closed. 862 is poen from road #1. 

Hengifoss: Winter conditions in the area.  Microspikes are recommended. 

Jökulsárlón: Nothing unusual about conditions. 

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 jeeps. When walking around, do not climb over fences/chains. Stay on marked paths/areas. Show extra caution when it’s windy. 

Reynisfjara:  Next few days there will be big and extreme waves at the beach. Use extra caution, stay WELL back from the water, and do not leave children unattended! Do not enter the cave! Rocks fall from the “ceiling” and going there you can get caught in the waves. The beach can always be dangerous due to the unpredictability of the waves.  

Kirkjufjara: Closed.   

Skógafoss:  Important to stay within marked areas and on marked paths to protect the nature. 

Seljalandsfoss: Some days the trail behind the waterfall is closed because it’s icy/slippery and too dangerous. Mi rospikes are recommended  when icy and it’s necessary to wear good walking shoes. 

Fjaðrárgljúfur:  Closed! 

    

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 and weather. It’s important to stay on the trails, which can at this time of year be wet, muddy or icy. It’s necessary to be dressed/equipped for winter and bad weather because the weather conditions can change very quickly.  Recommended to bring microspikes, in case the trails are sicy. Recently some rocks fell from the cliffs above Steinn (the landmark stone on the trail) passing down the slope/hill below it on full speed. Important to be aware of that as it might happen again any time.  

Reykjadalur: It snowed quite a bit there lately so the trail is hard to walk. Proper hiking shoes required and microspikes for the icy parts. Important to stay on marked trails, nature in the area is very sensitive, plus there are dangerous hot springs around. 

Básar: Winter conditions in the area. 

Fimmvörðuháls:  The trail is closed for some time to protect that nature. Winter is there with snow and bad weather conditions are a fact. The huts have closed. A challenging hike and conditions vary a lot on the weather and in general at this time of year it’s not recommended to do the trail. 

Þórsmörk: Winter conditions in the area. 

Landmannalaugar: Winter conditions. Hut is closed. 

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

The hut in Langidalur is closed. Básar (Þórsmörk) is closed. The hut in Landmannalaugar is closed. Volcano Huts in Húsadalur is open all year round.  

Þakgil: Campsite is closed.  

Kjalvegur: Road F35 is closed.  

Kerlingafjöll:  Road F35 is closed.  

Skaftafell:  Important to wear proper hiking boots and stay on marked trails/paths. 

SE of Vatnajökull: Winter conditions on trails. Important to stay on marked trails/paths. Microspikes are recommended when icy.  

Víknaslóðir: Huts are closed.  

Ásbyrgi: Ice and wet snow in the area. Important to stay on marked trails. Microspikes are recommended when icy/slippery. 

Dettifoss: Ice and wet snow in the area. Microspikes are recommended. Be extra careful around the canyon and stay on marked paths.  

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: Ice and wet snow in the area. Microspikes are recommended. Even if the ice on Lake Mývatn looks solid, there are weak spots on it and big danger of falling through. Do not walk onto it!  

Dimmuborgir:  Ice and wet snow. Important to stay on marked trails. Microspikes are recommended when icy/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 the river is ice cold so wading through is not for everyone. 

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Digging for the discount!!

Benefit from the discount and explore Iceland with a 4×4 Camper  – our offer: Category “4×4 Camper 2”: 25% discount on the daily rental rate – valid for rentals beginning 1th of April until latest 30th of June 2019. The perfect solution for your “bed on wheels” for 2 persons.

 

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Safe Travel: Weather News

Now that we have winter and often snow and ice on the ground, it’s important to wear proper footwear. It can be very slippery and falling can cause accidents. Microspikes are recommended and it’s important to stay on marked paths and roads.

Weather:     

The forecast for the next couple of days is snowshowers here and there around the country. 

Road conditions: 

 Winter tires are necessary and slow down when driving in winter conditions; icy/slippery roads, snow on the roads, poor visibility, etc.

  

General conditions in the highlands:   

All F-roads are now closed because of winter conditions and will not open until mid/late June!  

 

Conditions in popular tourist sites:   

Conditions depend entirely on the weather which must be checked every day. 

Reykjanes: Constructions by Gunnuhver fixing the decks and more. Valahnjúkur is closed due to dangerous conditions! 

Seltún/Krýsuvík: The hot sprins area is closed due to high activity and danger of expolsions. Stay out of the closed area!

Þingvellir:  Please stay on marked paths.  Microspikes are recommended when icy. 

Geysir: Please stay on marked paths. Microspikes are recommended when icy. 

Gullfoss:  Please stay on marked paths. Microspikes are recommended when icy. 

Western Iceland: Dangerous area around the landslide in Hítardalur. Do not go there! Important to stay on marked paths everywhere.

Snæfellsjökull National Park: Important to only go on the glacier with an experienced guide.  Show caution at/around sea cliffs. 

DjúpalónssandurThe beach can always be dangerous due to the unpredictability of the waves.

Westfjords: In general winter conditions on roads and some mountain roads are closed. Note that at bridges are sharp edges and deep holes, slow down 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. 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 has lots of potholes. The walking path can be icy/slippery at this time of year. 

Goðafoss: Microspikes are recommended when icy. Important to stay on marked paths.

Mývatn:  Even if the ice on Lake Mývatn looks solid, there are weak spots on it and big danger of falling through. Do not walk onto it!  The road to Hverfell/Hverfjall is only passable for jeeps and impassable to Krafla/Víti.

Dettifoss and Selfoss: Roads 862 and 864 are closed.

Hengifoss: Winter conditions in the area.  Microspikes are recommended.

Jökulsárlón: Nothing unusual about conditions.

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 jeeps. When walking around, do not climb over fences/chains. Stay on marked paths/areas. Show extra caution when it’s windy.

Reynisfjara:  Use extra caution, stay WELL back from the water, and do not leave children unattended! Do not enter the cave! Rocks fall from the “ceiling” and going there you can get caught in the waves. The beach can always be dangerous due to the unpredictability of the waves.

Kirkjufjara: Closed.  

Skógafoss:  Important to stay within marked areas and on marked paths to protect the nature.

Seljalandsfoss: Some days the trail behind the waterfall is closed because it’s icy/slippery and too dangerous. Microspikes are recommended  when icy and it’s necessary to wear good walking shoes.

Fjaðrárgljúfur:  Closed!

   

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 and weather. It’s important to stay on the trails, which can at this time of year be wet, muddy or icy. It’s necessary to be dressed/equipped for winter and bad weather because the weather conditions can change very quickly.  Recommended to bring microspikes, in case the trails are sicy. Recently some rocks fell from the cliffs above Steinn (the landmark stone on the trail) passing down the slope/hill below it on full speed. Important to be aware of that as it might happen again any time. 

Reykjadalur: It snowed quite a bit there lately so the trail is hard to walk. Proper hiking shoes required and microspikes for the icy parts. Important to stay on marked trails, nature in the area is very sensitive, plus there are dangerous hot springs around.

Básar: Winter conditions in the area.

Fimmvörðuháls:  The trail has been closed for some time to protect that nature. Winter is there with snow and bad weather conditions are a fact. The huts have closed. A challenging hike and conditions vary a lot on the weather and in general at this time of year it’s not recommended to do the trail.

Þórsmörk: Winter conditions in the area.

Landmannalaugar: Trails (and the whole area) covered with snow. Hut is closed.

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

The hut in Langidalur is closed. Básar (Þórsmörk) is closed. The hut in Landmannalaugar is closed. Volcano Huts in Húsadalur is open all year round. 

Þakgil: Campsite is closed. 

Kjalvegur: Road F35 is closed. 

Kerlingafjöll:  Road F35 is closed. 

Skaftafell:  Important to wear proper hiking boots and stay on marked trails/paths.

SE of Vatnajökull: Winter conditions on trails. Important to stay on marked trails/paths. Microspikes are recommended when icy. 

Víknaslóðir: Huts are closed. 

Ásbyrgi: Snow in the area. Important to stay on marked trails. Microspikes are recommended when icy/slippery.

Dettifoss: Roads 862 and 864 are closed so it’s not possible to drive there. At this time of year when the roads are open, microspikes are recommended when icy. Be extra careful around the canyon and stay on amrked paths. 

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 are icy. Microspikes are recommended. Even if the ice on Lake Mývatn looks solid, there are weak spots on it and big danger of falling through. Do not walk onto it! 

Dimmuborgir:  Trails are icy. Important to stay on marked trails. Microspikes are recommended when icy/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 the river is ice cold so wading through is not for everyone.