Safetravel 23th of July 2020 – Iceland on the road / hiking information
Weather and road conditions: A few F-roads (highlands roads) are still closed and forbidden to drive. Weather forecast for the next few days is nothing out of the ordinary.
As before we want to point out our Travel Conditions map. There you get information on road conditions, weather, wind speed, avalanche danger and many other things, as well as web cameras on various roads. All this in one map now. See here: https://safetravel.is/conditions
Reykjavík: Grótta: The nature reservation area is closed until July 31st to protect the birds while nesting.
Reykjanes: Valahnjúkur is closed due to fissures and danger of landslides! Seltún: The whole area is high geothermal and dangerous boiling hot springs around. Stay on marked paths only – even on the opposite part of the road!!
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.
Westfjords: Hornstrandir: Snow is starting to melt but there are still some very wet areas.
North Iceland: Dettifoss: Trail is open. Proper walking shoes are a must though.
East Iceland: Víknaslóðir and Stórurð: Trails are open but nature is very wet, especially in Stórurð. Stay on trails to protect nature. At highest points there is still snow and trail posts/poles not always visible. GPS is important.
South Iceland: Jökulsárlón (Glacier Lagoon) and Fjallsárlón: Do not jump/climb onto icebergs. Falling into the ice cold water can be fatal! Svínafellsjökull: Civil Protection advises against travel on Svínafellsjökull due to danger of landslide. Guided tours on the glacier are discouraged. Travelers are advised to stop only for a short while at viewpoints by the glacier tongue. Dyrhólaey: Important to stay on marked paths only. Reynisfjara: Do not enter the cave – danger of rocks falling from the ceiling. In general at the beach: show extra caution, stay FAR back from the water, and do not leave children unattended! 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 path is very good. Remember to stay on it.
Highlands: A few F-roads are still closed and forbidden to drive. Do not enter if you come to a sign that says: CLOSED/IMPASSABLE! Askja: F910/905 to Askja is fine for jeeps. F88 is only for large jeeps, the Lindaá river is 60 cm deep. Snow is on the hiking trail to Askja, good shoes recommended. F249 to Thorsmörk: The road and river crossings are not at all suitable for smaller 4×4. Krossá river is deeper than usually, only for modified vehicles and experienced drivers. Fimmvörðuháls trail: Snow on at least 5 kms of the trail. Proper shoes and equipment/clothes needed, weather and conditions can change fast. Laugavegur trail: Snow on 5 km around Hrafntinnusker. Patches of snow here and there in other parts. Proper equipment/clothes needed. Some parts of the trail are also very wet/muddy. Stay on the trail to protect the nature. All huts on the trail and in the Thorsmörk area are now open. Landmannalaugar: Many trails in the area are very wet. Waterproof hiking boots and water crossing shoes are recommended for longer day hikes in the area.
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