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Weather:

Notice that in the highlands it’s very cold during the night. The forecast for Thursday says heavy rain, hails and even thunders/lightnings in the highlands.

Reykjavík and nearby:

Grótta lighthouse:  No traffic (cars or people) allowed until July 15 because of nesting birds.

Esja: Important not to underestimate the elevation gain and weather. It’s important to stay on the trails and necessary to be dressed/equipped for bad weather because the weather conditions can change very quickly.

Reykjanes:

Valahnjúkur is closed due to fissures and danger of landslides!

Seltún: Part of the hot spring area is closed due to high activity and danger of expolsions. Stay out of the closed area! The whole area is high gerthermal and dangerous boiling hot springs around. Stay on marked paths only – even on the other part of the road!!

Krýsuvíkurbjarg: There’s a big fissure in the cliffs and danger of landslides.

West Iceland:

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

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

West Fjords:

Látrabjarg:  In heavy rain Látrabjarg becomes very slippery and trails muddy.

Hornstrandir:  Snow in mountain passes and on mountains. To go there people need to be very well equipped. The nature in Fljótavík is very wet and not good for hikers. No phone connection except on top of some of the highest mountains.

North Iceland:

Dettifoss:  Be extra careful around the canyon and stay on marked paths.

East Iceland:

Stórurð:  Area is closed. Usually opens around mid July.

Hengifoss: Because of nature protection the trail is only open until the last viewing platform. Do not go any further.

Lónsöræfi:  The hikers’ bridge over Jökulsá at Múlaskáli is up.

South Iceland:

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.

Fjaðrárgljúfur:  Nature is very sensitive. Stay on paths and do not climb over fences/ropes!

Dyrhólaey: The road to Háey is in very bad condition and only for 4×4 jeeps. When walking around, do not climb over fences/ropes and keep away from the edge of cliffs. Show extra caution when it’s windy.

Reynisfjara:   Use extra caution, stay FAR 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. So called sneaker waves (every eighth wave or so) are dangerous for the sake that they reach further up and are stronger than the others.

Kirkjufjara: Closed.

Reykjadalur: The trail is in good condition. Proper hiking shoes required though. Stay on marked trails, nature in the area is very sensitive, plus there are dangerous hot springs around.

Highlands:

Notice that F-roads are only passable for 4×4 jeeps and some of them only for big modified jeeps (superjeeps). Some area still closed – do not at all enter if you come to a sign that says: CLOSED/IMPASSABLE!

Road F26 Sprengisandur is passable for bigger 4×4. The river crossing at Nýidalur is quite deep.

Road 249/F249 to Þórsmörk is only passable for 4×4 jeeps. Do not try to cross the Krossá river! It’s only for modified jeeps (superjeeps) and very experienced drivers who know that river very well.

Fimmvörðuháls trail:  There is snow on the highest part of the trail. A challenging hike and conditions vary a lot on the weather – even at this time of year. Warm clothes, wind- and waterproof jacket and trousers, as well as proper hiking boots are necessary.

Laugavegur trail:  Solid snow for 6-7 kms in total before and after Hrafntinnusker. Show caution with snow bridges around gullies – they’er getting thinner these days. In general conditions on the trail vary a lot on the weather – even at this time of year. Warm clothes, wind- and waterproof jacket and trousers, as well as proper hiking boots are necessary.

Road F88 to Askja/Drekagil: River Lindá is in general too deep for smaller 4×4 jeeps (Dacia Duster and similar). Drive F905 and F910 instead.

Kverkfjöll:  Road only passable by 4×4 jeeps. Do not go into the ice-cave!

Askja/Drekagil:  Hut is open and wardens are there.  Roads only passable by 4×4 jeeps. There’s wet snow (difficult to walk) on the Askja hiking trail and on the walking trail to Víti.

Hiking in general:

Hiking in Iceland requires proper equipment, even on shorter hikes as trails are often not like the ones travelers are used to. Very bad weather can also be expected, even in summer. Please study our equipment list because 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.

Trails can be wet, muddy and slippery so it’s important to wear proper footwear. Important to stay on marked paths and trails everywhere.

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Safe travel – please read it

Weather and conditions on the main roads:

Notice that in the highlands it’s very cold during the night but on the other hand there’s nothing out of the ordinary in the weather forecast for now.

Reykjavík and nearby:

Grótta lighthouse:  No traffic (cars or people) allowed until July 15 because of nesting birds.

Esja: Important not to underestimate the elevation gain and weather. It’s important to stay on the trails and necessary to be dressed/equipped for bad weather because the weather conditions can change very quickly.

Reykjanes:

Valahnjúkur is closed due to fissures and danger of landslides!

Seltún: Part of the hot spring area is closed due to high activity and danger of expolsions. Stay out of the closed area! The whole area is high gerthermal and dangerous boiling hot springs around. Stay on marked paths only – even on the other part of the road!!

Krýsuvíkurbjarg: There’s a big fissure in the cliffs and danger of landslides.

West Iceland:

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

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

West Fjords:

Látrabjarg:  In heavy rain Látrabjarg becomes very slippery and trails muddy.

Hornstrandir:  Snow in mountain passes and on mountains. To go there people need to be very well equipped. No phone connection except on top of some of the highest mountains

North Iceland:

Dettifoss:  Be extra careful around the canyon and stay on marked paths.

East Iceland:

Víknaslóðir:  Huts are open now and wardens in all of them.

Stórurð:  Area is closed. Usually opens around mid July.

Hengifoss: Because of nature protection the trail is only open until the last viewing platform. Do not go any further.

Lónsöræfi:  The hikers’ bridge over Jökulsá at Múlaskáli is up.

South Iceland:

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.

Fjaðrárgljúfur:  Nature is very sensitive. Stay on paths and do not climb over fences/ropes!

Dyrhólaey: The road to Háey is in very bad condition and only for 4×4 jeeps. When walking around, do not climb over fences/ropes and keep away from the edge of cliffs. Show extra caution when it’s windy.

Reynisfjara:   Use extra caution, stay FAR 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. So called sneaker waves (every eighth wave or so) are dangerous for the sake that they reach further up and are stronger than the others.

Kirkjufjara: Closed.

Reykjadalur: The trail is in good condition. Proper hiking shoes required though. Stay on marked trails, nature in the area is very sensitive, plus there are dangerous hot springs around.

Highlands:

Some F-roads (highland roads) are still closed and will not open until very late June/early July. No driving permitted and illegal to enter these roads now! 
Notice that F-roads are only passable for 4×4 jeeps and some of them only for big modified jeeps (superjeeps).

Road F26 Sprengisandur is passable for bigger 4×4. The river crossing at Nýidalur is quite deep.

Road 249/F249 to Þórsmörk is only passable for 4×4 jeeps. Do not try to cross the Krossá river! It’s only for modified jeeps (superjeeps) and very experienced drivers who know that river very well.

Fimmvörðuháls trail:  There is snow on the highest part of the trail. A challenging hike and conditions vary a lot on the weather – even at this time of year. Warm clothes, wind- and waterproof jacket and trousers, as well as proper hiking boots are necessary.

Laugavegur trail:  Solid snow for 6-7 kms in total before and after Hrafntinnusker. Show caution with snow bridges around gullies – they’er getting thinner these days. In general conditions on the trail vary a lot on the weather – even at this time of year. Warm clothes, wind- and waterproof jacket and trousers, as well as proper hiking boots are necessary.

Kverkfjöll:  Hut is open and wardens are there. Road only passable by 4×4 jeeps.

Askja/Drekagil:  Hut is open and wardens are there.  Roads only passable by 4×4 jeeps. There’s wet snow on the walking trail to Víti and hard to walk in it.

Hiking in general:

Hiking in Iceland requires proper equipment, even on shorter hikes as trails are often not like the ones travelers are used to. Very bad weather can also be expected, even in summer. Please study our equipment list because 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.

Trails can be wet, muddy and slippery so it’s important to wear proper footwear. Important to stay on marked paths and trails everywhere.

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Safetravel news – please check it before starting your trip

Weather and conditions on the main roads:

Precipitaion forecasted in North East Iceland for the weekend. Cold temperatures can cause ice on roads and even snow in some areas. Apart from that, nothing out of the ordinary in the forecast for now.

Reykjavík and nearby:

Grótta lighthouse:  No traffice (cars or people) allowed until July 15 because of nesting birds.

Esja: Important not to underestimate the elevation gain and weather. It’s important to stay on the trails and necessary to be dressed/equipped for bad weather because the weather conditions can change very quickly.

Reykjanes:

Valahnjúkur is closed due to fissures and danger of landslides!

Seltún: Part of the hot spring area is closed due to high activity and danger of expolsions. Stay out of the closed area! The whole area is high gerthermal and dangerous boiling hot springs around. Stay on marked paths only!!

Krýsuvíkurbjarg: There’s a big fissure in the cliffs and danger of landslides.

West Iceland:

Glymur: The log “bridge” has been put across the river.

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

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

West Fjords:

Látrabjarg:  In heavy rain Látrabjarg becomes very slippery and trails muddy.

Rauðisandur: The road to Rauðisandur is very steep, threads the mountain without protective rails which can be challenging for inexperienced drivers.

Hornstrandir:  Snow in mountain passes and on mountains, the weather forecast is still very cold, so if going there people need to be very well equipped.

North Iceland:

Dettifoss:  Wet and slippery. Be extra careful around the canyon and stay on marked paths.

Jökulsárgljúfur: The hiking trail between Ásbyrgi and Dettifoss is still very wet/muddy.

Hljóðaklettar: The hiking trail between Ásbyrgi and Dettifoss is still very wet/muddy.

East Iceland:

Víknaslóðir:  Lots of snow still in the area. Huts are closed and no shelter to find.

Hengifoss: Because of nature protection the trail is only open until the last viewing platform. Respect the closure from there on.

Laugafell:  Trails are open and in good condition. Stay on marked trails.

South Iceland:

SE of Vatnajökull:  This time of year the walls and ceilings of ice caves are weak and entering can be dangerous. Only enter ice caves with an experienced guide! 

Skaftafell:  Check the information center for information on trails. Important to wear proper hiking boots and stay on marked trails/paths.

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.

Fjaðrárgljúfur:  Open but nature is very sensitive. Stay on paths and do not climb over fences/wires!

Dyrhólaey: The road to Háey is only for 4×4 jeeps. When walking around, do not climb over fences/chains and keep away from the edge of cliffs. Show extra caution when it’s windy. Birds are nesting so it is very important to stay on marked paths/areas and don’t disturb the birds. The whole area is closed for all traffic between 19:00 and 07:00.

Reynisfjara:   Use extra caution, stay FAR 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.

Reykjadalur: The trail is in good condition. Proper hiking shoes required though. Stay on marked trails, nature in the area is very sensitive, plus there are dangerous hot springs around.

Highlands:

Most F-roads (highland roads) are still closed and will not open until mid/late June. No driving permitted and illegal to enter these roads now! 

Road 249/F249 to Þórsmörk is only passable for bigger 4×4 jeeps. Do not try to cross the Krossá river! It’s only for modified jeeps and very experienced drivers who know that river very well.

Fimmvörðuháls trail:  There is snow on big part of the trail, it’s cold up there and even at this time of year bad weather conditions are a fact. The huts are closed and no shelter to be found. A challenging hike and conditions vary a lot on the weather. Warm clothes, wind- and waterproof jacket and trousers, as well as proper hiking boots are necessary.

Básar: Trails are in quite good condition. Stay on marked trails.

Þórsmörk: Trails are in quite good condition. Stay on marked trails.

Landmannalaugar: Road 208 from 26 is open as far as Landmannalaugar. The same is for F225 but only passable by bigger 4×4 jeeps. Most hiking trails in the area are now open.

Laugavegur trail:  Winter conditions on the trail and lots of snow between Landmannalaugar and Álftavatn. The huts on the trail are closed until June 8th, so until then there’s no shelter for bad weather which can be expected even at this time a year.

Kerlingarfjöll:  Not much snow in the area compared to previous years. Nature is very wet/muddy. Stay on marked trails and roads.

Road 35 is passable for 4×4 cars.

Hiking in general:

Hiking in Iceland requires proper equipment, even on shorter hikes as trails are often not like the ones travelers are used to. Very bad weather can also be expected, even in summer. Please study our equipment list because 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.

Trails can be wet, muddy and slippery so it’s important to wear proper footwear. Important to stay on marked paths and trails everywhere.

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Road to Landmannalaugar Opens

Mountain roads in Iceland are opening, one by one, these days, following the melting of snow in spring. According to mbl.is, the Icelandic Road Administration has opened Road 208, from Sigalda to Landmannalaugar. A stretch of that same road east of Landmannalaugar remains closed, however, so you must drive back the same route you came. Dómadalsleið route is also closed.

The northernmost part of Road F26, to Aldeyjarfoss waterfall and to Hrafnabjargafossar waterfalls, beyond Bárðardalur valley, is now passable, but the closure by Ísólfsvatn lake is still in effect.

Road F333, Haukadalsvegur, has been opened, as has the easternmost part of Road F338, also called Skjaldbreiðarvegur. There, you can take Haukadalsvegur road onto Skjaldbreiðarvegur, from where you can drive east to Kjalvegur road.

For the latest information on passable mountain roads, visit road.is.

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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.