Both road conditions and the weather forecast should be checked multiple times a day for the forecast is not a 100% reliable such a long time in advance – check out: https://www.campericeland.is/en/information/actual-road-condition/
Weather and road conditions:
Nothing alarming in the weather forecast as we speak.
The highland roads are all impassable as usual and will stay that way until early summer! Those travelers that wish to visit the highlands must do so with a scheduled tour in a modified vehicle. We‘ve had a few incidences where visitors think that having a 4×4 vehicle is enough to do this – that‘s of course not the case! The damages can cost thousands of dollars so it‘s important to inform our guests of this! Here you can find the estimated opening times from Vegagerðin.
NOTE: Some GPS devices may lead tourists on to closed mountain roads because it determines it shorter in kilometers. In good conditions, it takes longer and at this moment they are simply impassable!
Popular tourist sites:
Roads to Landmannalaugar, through Kjölur, Sprengisandur and Kaldidalur are CLOSED. Not all these roads will be closed with a clear closure over the road so it‘s important that our visitors are informed of this.
Trails in Þórsmörk are snow-free but trails that exceed 600 m. (such as Rjúpnafell and Útigönguhöfði) are still partially under snow. Because of glacial melt it‘s notable that river levels may rise but when this is written conditions for crossing Krossá er not challenging for those with experience. Getting to Langidalur and Húsadalur requires experience with crossing bigger rivers!
The road from Geysir to Gullfoss from Tungufljót is like Swiss Cheese – a lot of pot holes and puddles that can potentially damage your car! Lower trail to Gullfoss is open yet very wet by the falls.
The 800 m. trail to Dettifoss & Selfoss is open. Conditions are not good for hiking due to mud, big rocks and one big puddle – this could change in the nice, warm and sunny weather. Very important to follow marked trails! The trail to the new look-out is closed due to water melting and mud.
Conditions in Reynisfjara are good but due to the unpredictability of the waves, conditions are ALWAYS dangerous. It‘s not that the waves are big, it‘s the fact that they are sneaky. Every 7th, 10th or 12th wave goes a lot further up the beach than the rest and this can catch visitors by surprise that are too close to the water. The sand is very fine and the sheer pulling factor of the wave makes it easy for it to pull visitors out to sea. If you know that your guests are going there by themselves – make sure they are informed of this.
Kirkjufjara by Dyrhólaey has been CLOSED due to increased dangers in rockslides and deadly sneaker waves.
Similar danger can be found in Djúpalónssandur beach in Snæfellsnes peninsula.
Popular hiking trails:
Mt. Esja: To hike up to „The Rock“ (Steinn) is fine. Going to the top requires climbing – some snow still in the area. Proper hiking boots and warm clothes are a must due to the wind chill factor.
Skaftafell: All trails are open and in good conditions except for S3 (Skaftafellsheiði) and S4 (Kristínartindar) due to snow and mud. Trail to Morsárdalur recommended as a longer option. We recommend speaking to the wardens in the Info Center for updates. There you can also get a hiking map of the area.
Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls: Both these trails are closed for those who are not experienced mountaineers! There are no scheduled busses running to or from Landmannalaugar and hiking conditions in there are not good at all!
Reykjadalur: The trail is now free of snow but due to mud on the first quarter of the hike it can be slippery. Important to bring warm clothing and not underestimate this hike! Bubbling mud pots all around so hikers must watch their step!
Glymur waterfall: Landowners have put up the log so it’s now accessible. Slopes up to the waterfall are steep so one needs to have good shoes with some grip on the soles.
Avalanche danger: Low (level 1-2/5)
Low danger (1/5) in mountainous areas in the Eastfjords and northern Westfjords.Modorate danger (2/5) in mountain areas in Tröllaskagi peninsula.