Warning – Please take care!
Yellow warning! For today evening. Strong winds and heavy rain expected in SW and Western parts of Iceland with strong wind gusts by mountains – this could potentially be hazardous for people travelling in campervans. The weekend does not look good as we are expecting unusually strong winds for this time of year along with heavy rain. It‘s clear that this may impact people‘s plans for travelling, hiking and camping over the weekend. This can limit the visibility along the roads.
Tourists often mistake 4×4 for a vehicle that can take on all terrain, which is of course not the case and this must be explained as damages can cost thousands of dollars.
Drivers who get stuck in rivers or in snow have to get themselves out at own expense – there‘s no insurance in the world that covers damage linked to crossing a river. GPS devices also tend to lead drivers on to closed roads. For this reason, it’s very important they know where to access information about road conditions/closures. Illegal to drive off-road!!
Conditions in the highlands:
Questions about the highlands have now started to pop up. Highland roads are now most closed and all driving is prohibited. Opening times will depend on the conditions but here you can find a brochure with the approximate opening dates. Keep in mind that these are estimates.
Conditions in popular tourist sites:
Conditions depend entirely on the weather so that must be checked every day. Many trails are now wet and muddy and therefore it‘s important to wear proper footwear as the mud is slippery and can cause accidents.
Reykjanes: Conditions on roads and trails by Gunnuhver are not good. Important to drive very slowly!
Þingvellir: Nothing remarkable about conditions.
Geysir og Gullfoss: When walking from parking lot to Geysir one must be careful as the stone slabs are very uneven.
Hraunfossar og Deildartunguhver: Nothing remarkable about the conditions but it’s worth mentioning that Kaldidalur mountain road is still closed/impassible! Driving to Surtshellir and to Langjökull is prohibited!
Snæfellsjökull National Park: Roads 570 and 571 over the glacier are closed!
Southern Westfjords: Construction work at Dynjandi so all indication signs have been removed. Big holes have formed in front of bridges on these roads so it’s important to reduce speed before crossing.
Hvítserkur: Road 716 is in very bad shape with deep holes and road 717 by Borgarvirki is also bad but not as bad.
Goðafoss: Nothing remarkable about the conditions.
Mývatn: Walking over Leirhnjúkar is not recommended as there’s still snow covering the trail and it’s dangerous to go outside of the trail due to hot springs.
Dettifoss og Selfoss: The trail between the car park and Dettifoss is now mostly dry and free of snow. In occasional spots temporary bridges help visitors cross large puddles on the trail. The trail to Selfoss is covered with slushy, wet snow, making it a bit difficult walk. For reasons of safety and nature protection, visitors must follow instructions set up by park rangers!
Hengifoss: Nothing remarkable about the conditions. Rising levels in the river!
Reynisfjara: The beach can always be dangerous though due to the unpredictability of the waves. It‘s not every wave – it‘s every 7th or 10th or 12th wave that goes a lot further up the beach than the rest making it difficult to assess danger upon arrival. There are no rocks in the ocean that break the waves and only a few meters of shore there‘s an underwater cliff so the pulling factor of these already powerful waves becomes even greater. On top of this the sand is very fine ash which makes it extra difficult to get away from these waves.
Same applies to Djúpalónssandur in Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufjara beach but it‘s CLOSED for this reason.
Skógafoss: The hike from the top of the waterfall along the canyon will remain closed until further notice due to bad conditions.
Seljalandsfoss: Nothing unusual about the conditions- the trail behind the waterfall is wet and one must be careful when going up the rocks on the west side.
Fjaðrárgljúfur: The trail has been closed due to bad conditions. Not recommended at this time. Will hopefully open June 1st.
Þórsmörk/Goðaland: The road is open and suitable for all 4X4 vehicles. It is not advised to attempt crossing the river Krossá unless you are on a large modified 4X4 and have experience crossing rivers. A lot of rain in the forecast which can rise river levels!
Landmannalaugar: All driving for all cars prohibited!
Conditions on hiking trails:
Hiking during spring time requires proper equipment even on shorter hikes. 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 your tired knees on the way down.
Esjan: Must not be underestimated! Considerably colder up top than by the roots and wind often increases after 250 m. Warm clothing is essential! Watch your step as it is very muddy and slippery past Steinn!
Skaftafell: All trails open except for S3 and S4.
SE of Vatnajökull: Trails in the area are quite wet. To access trails towards the glacier one must take gravel roads which can be in bad shape with holes and mud, especially road to Fláajökull. The 15 km trail around Stafafjöll mountains is very wet so good footwear and gaiters must be kept in mind as well as it‘s very important to stay on the trails!
Reykjadalur: Open but it has been snowing during the night/mornings so the trail could still be wet – very important to stay on the trail!
Ásbyrgi: Nothing remarkable about the conditions.
Glymur: Log over the river Botnsá has not returned yet as the river levels are still too high and expected to rise over the next few days.
Those heading into the backcountry must keep the following in mind!
Moderate danger (level 2/5) in Tröllaskagi peninsula and Westfjords.