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