Strong winds: West of Jökulsárlón tomorrow afternoon

Strong winds

Nothing remarkable about the forecast as it looks at this moment but worth mentioning that strong winds and wind gusts can be expected west of Jökulsárlón tomorrow afternoon.

We wish you a safe travel and take care!

 

Please note the actual weather and conditions in Iceland

Weather and conditions on the main roads:

Wind gusts over 35 m/s (126 km/h, 80 mph) expected south of Vatnajökull glacier tonight after about 20:00 until tomorrow morning from aprox. Jökulsárlón to Djúpivogur. Wind sensitive vehecles, such as campers, should avoid travel in the area at the time. Others should slow down when driving near mountains! Also take note that roads are icy in many parts of Iceland, especially in north and north-east so show caution! Nothing remarkable in the forecast as of now for the next few days.

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:

Highland roads are now all closed/impassible for unmodified vehicles! It’s important to be properly equipped for winter – especially those heading for hikes and camping!

Conditions in popular tourist sites:

This time of the year the conditions vary a lot on the weather. Trails are now icy/snowy in most parts of Iceland, even on lowlands so we recommend bringing crampons along ALWAYS, regardless of location! These essentials shouldn’t cost more than 2.000-4.000 ISK and make all the difference when exploring Icelandic sites during winter.

Reykjanes: Conditions on roads and trails by Gunnuhver are not good. Important to drive very slowly!

Þingvellir: Trails outside of “main trails” (Langistígur) are closed due to hazardous conditions.

Geysir og Gullfoss: Lower trail towards Gullfoss will remain closed due to ice and rock fall. The road leading to Gullfoss from Reykholt has some big pot holes which can cause damage to cars if not driven carefully!

Hraunfossar og Deildartunguhver: Nothing remarkable about the conditions.

Snæfellsjökull National Park: Spots of ice on the trails. Roads 570 and 571 over the glacier are closed!
Southern Westfjords: Keep road closures in mind – many roads are not winter serviced and open/close frequently throughout the week depending on weather!

Hvítserkur: The road to Hvítserkur from the road 711 is closed and will remain so until spring. Weather dependent as to view the rock you’ll have to walk for 10 minutes, one way.
Goðafoss: Slippery trails – important not to go too close to the edges.
Dettifoss og Selfoss: Snow and ice on the trail (1 km walk so keep weather in mind) – wearing crampons is recommended. Road to Dettifoss (862) will most likely not be cleared until tomorrow evening (April 5th).

Hengifoss: Snow in the area – trail is muddy, slushy and slippery.
Reynisfjara: The beach can always be dangerous 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: Nothing remarkable about the conditions.
Seljalandsfoss: Nothing remarkable about the conditions.

Fjaðrárgljúfur: The trail has been closed in order to protect the nature. Will hopefully open June 1st.
Þórsmörk/Goðaland: Closed/Impassible for those not in a modified vehicle. Staff will remain in Húsadalur throughout the winter.
Vestmannaeyjar: The ferry will depart from Þorlákshöfn until further notice on 
www.seatours.is (top of website). 
Landmannalaugar: Roads are only passible for those with experience in a well modified vehicle!

Conditions on hiking trails:

Hiking during winter/spring time requires proper equipment even on shorter hikes. Please study our equipment list as preparation is key for successful travel in Iceland. “Spring” has arrived in some areas which often leads to muddy and slippery trails – nature is extra vulnerable during this time!

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 can be slippery and muddy at the bottom and icy at the top.

Skaftafell: S1 (Jökulslóð) and S2 (Svartifoss) are open yet the last stretch from the lookout down to the waterfall is very muddy! Other trails closed due to mud!
Reykjadalur: CLOSED due to increased traffic during this sensitive time of year. Situation will be assessed in another week.
Ásbyrgi: Trail to Botnstjörn pond is icy – crampons recommended. Road should be accessible by most cars. Snow over most of the trails without ice.
Glymur: Log over the river Botnsá will not return until next month so hikers must take a longer route over the old bridge along the hiking route “Leggjabrjótur”.

Avalanche conditions:

Those heading into the backcountry must keep the following in mind!
Moderate danger (level 2/5) in Northern Westfjords and Eastfjords. Considerable (3/5) in Tröllaskagi peninsula.

Happy Easter / Frohe Ostern

Das Nordic Tours Team wünscht allen Islandfreunden frohe Ostern – Happy Easter to all our Friends!!

 

Hike and Bath

A journey through an area of extreme contrasts and geology.

We hike through the typical green “woods” of Iceland, exploring fissures and caves along the way. On the way we visit the Grjótagjá caves made famous in the series “Game of Thrones” and then hike to a geothermal cave where the local farmers around Mývatn lake used to go steam bathing. Then we continue to the Mývatn Nature Baths where we go bathing in the lagoon, steam baths and hot tub for around one hour. After bathing we are picked up by car and driven back to the office.


Mývatn Nature Baths

Lake Mývatn

 

Start time and place: Mývatn Activity –Hike&Bike– office in Reykjahlíð be there 15:45, Departure 16:00

Duration: 4-5 hours.

Bring: Bathing suit and towel, drinking water and snack.

Included: Guidance, entry to baths and transfer back from Mývatn Nature Baths

In winter this tour is done on Snowshoes.

 


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Actual Weather and Road Conditions Iceland

Weather and conditions on the main roads:

Snow will continue to blow over road 93 (Fjarðarheiði) in the east for the next 24 hours or so creating difficult driving conditions to and from Seyðisfjörður. Strong wind gusts expected until noon tomorrow from Seljalandsfoss to Jökulsárlón that can be hazardous for wins sensitive vehicles such as busses. Nothing else noteworthy in the forecast as it looks right now.

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:

Highland roads are now all closed/impassible for unmodified vehicles! It’s important to be properly equipped for winter – especially those heading for hikes and camping!

Conditions in popular tourist sites:

This time of the year the conditions vary a lot on the weather. Trails are now icy/snowy in most parts of Iceland, even on lowlands so we recommend bringing crampons along ALWAYS, regardless of location! These essentials shouldn’t cost more than 2.000-4.000 ISK and make all the difference when exploring Icelandic sites during winter.

Reykjanes: Conditions on roads and trails by Gunnuhver are not good. Road 42 to Krýsuvík is often in worse conditions than others in the area.

Þingvellir: Trails outside of “main trails” are not serviced during winter and can be slippery – crampons recommended for those.

Geysir og Gullfoss: Lower trail towards Gullfoss will remain closed this winter due to ice. The road leading to Gullfoss from Reykholt has some big pot holes which can cause damage to cars if not driven carefully! 

Hraunfossar og Deildartunguhver: Nothing remarkable about the conditions.

Snæfellsjökull National Park: Spots of ice on a few trails – crampons recommended. Roads 570 and 571 over the glacier are closed!
Southern Westfjords: Keep road closures in mind – many mountain roads not winter serviced! No way to see Dynjandi as roads to and from there are closed and driving from Þingeyri to Bíldudalur now takes 6-7 hours in good weather instead of 2!

Hvítserkur: The road to Hvítserkur from the road 711 is closed and will remain so until spring. Weather dependent as to view the rock you’ll have to walk for 10 minutes, one way.
Goðafoss: Nothing remarkable about the conditions. Could become slippery with the upcoming temperature change.
Dettifoss og Selfoss: Roads are impassible – they may be cleared in the next days. Snow on the trails and crampons recommended.

Hengifoss: Snow on trails – possibility of spots of ice.
Reynisfjara: The beach can always be dangerous 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: Nothing remarkable about the conditions apart from wind gusts on the road.
Seljalandsfoss: The walking path behind the waterfall is closed during the winter due to ice formation – nothing remarkable about the conditions otherwise apart from wind gusts on the road.
Þórsmörk/Goðaland: Closed/Impassible for those not in a modified vehicle. Staff will remain in Húsadalur throughout the winter.
Vestmannaeyjar: The ferry will depart from Þorlákshöfn until further notice on 
www.seatours.is (top of website). 
Landmannalaugar: Roads are only passible for those with experience in a well modified vehicle!

Conditions on hiking trails:

Hiking during winter time requires proper equipment even on shorter hikes. Please study our equipment list as preparation is key for successful travel in Iceland. Winter has arrived in most areas in Iceland so we recommend having minor crampons with you at all time.

Esjan: Must not be underestimated! Considerably colder up top than by the roots and wind often increases after 250 m. Warm clothing is essential! Recommended to bring crampons to tackle ice at the top.

Skaftafell: S3 (Skaftafellsheiði) and S4 (Kristínartindar) are closed! No ice on S1 (Jökulslóð) and S2 (Svartifoss), crampons needed for other hikes.
Reykjadalur: Important to stay on the trail as it’s surrounded by dangerous hot springs and very vulnerable nature! NO sneakers!
Ásbyrgi: Snow on trails. Only accessible with 4×4.
Glymur: Log over the river Botnsá will not return until spring so now hikers must either cross the river on foot, go up on the west side (not a good angle to see the waterfall) or take a longer route over the old bridge along the hiking route “Leggjabrjótur”.

Avalanche conditions:

Those heading into the backcountry must keep the following in mind!
Considerable danger (level 3/5) in Tröllaskagi. Moderate danger (level 2/5) in Northern Westfjords and Eastfjords.

2 days Hiking in the Mountains of Skjálfandi Bay

Are you ready for a beautiful two day hiking tour in the mountains of Skjálfandi Bay?

Day 1

We leave early on Friday morning at 07:00 with a boat and head towards the mountainside, sail across the bay and go ashore in Rauðavík or Naustavík beach half an hour later. Next, we hike across the beautiful and very lonesome Víknafjöll, Cheek Mountains, over to Flatey Island Valley. The hiking path is approximately 12 km before we have to cross a river and reach the sleeping cabin. Estimated arrival time at the first destination is around 16:00. A Guide’s Fish Soup will be served for starting leisure time for short walking trips and relaxation in the afternoon in the valley.

Day 2

We leave the accommodation in the valley at 08:00 in the morning and head NNW towards the coast and beach. The path leads around 14 km alongside a beautiful river. Then a boat picks up the group and heads to Flatey Island for a short visit and a BBQ. Afterwards we head back to Húsavík passing the whale watching areas in Skjálfandi Bay. Estimated time of arrival in Húsavík this day is at 17:00.

What’s included?

  •  Specialized guide
  • Delicious fish soup
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Accommodation in a cabin
  • Two boat trips
  • BBQ in Flatey Island and whale watching
  • Spectacular and unspoiled remote nature

What do I need to bring?

Note: Expect all kinds of Icelandic summer weather; be well prepared in clothing and food. Remember to bring your sleeping bag and your hiking shoes. A meeting will be held the night before departure in Húsavík at 20:00.

Please note: The minimum age for this tour is 15 years.

Departures:

  • 22nd of June 2018 – 7 am
  • 13th of July 2018- 7 am
  • 17th of August 2018- 7 am
  • 7th of September 2018 – 7 am

You would like to book or look for further information? Please contact us:


 

Actual weather and conditions in Iceland

Weather and conditions on the main roads:

Cooling temperatures tonight and over the next days – possibility of icy 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:

Highland roads are now all closed/impassible for unmodified vehicles! It’s important to be properly equipped for winter – especially those heading for hikes and camping!

Conditions in popular tourist sites:

This time of the year the conditions vary a lot on the weather. Trails are now icy/snowy in most parts of Iceland, even on lowlands so we recommend bringing crampons along ALWAYS, regardless of location! These essentials shouldn’t cost more than 2.000-4.000 ISK and make all the difference when exploring Icelandic sites during winter.

Reykjanes: Conditions on roads and trails by Gunnuhver are not good. Road 42 to Krýsuvík is often in worse conditions than others in the area.

Þingvellir: Nothing remarkable about the conditions. 

Geysir og Gullfoss: Lower trail towards Gullfoss will remain closed this winter due to ice. The road leading to Gullfoss from Reykholt has some big pot holes which can cause damage to cars if not driven carefully! 

Hraunfossar og Deildartunguhver: Nothing remarkable about the conditions.

Snæfellsjökull National Park: Nothing remarkable about the conditions on trails! Roads 570 and 571 over the glacier are closed!
South Westfjords: Keep road closures in mind – many mountain roads not winter serviced! No way to see Dynjandi as roads to and from there are closed and driving from Þingeyri to Bíldudalur now takes 6-7 hours in good weather instead of 2!

Hvítserkur: The road to Hvítserkur from the road 711 is closed and will remain so until spring. Weather dependent as to view the rock you’ll have to walk for 10 minutes, one way.
Goðafoss: Nothing remarkable about the conditions.
Dettifoss og Selfoss: Crampons recommended. Trail closure on the way to Selfoss – not recommended to go past it due to extreme ice and the waterfall can be viewed from that point.

Hengifoss: Nothing remarkable about the conditions
Reynisfjara: The beach can always be dangerous 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: Nothing remarkable about the conditions.
Seljalandsfoss: The walking path behind the waterfall is closed during the winter due to ice formation – nothing remarkable about the conditions otherwise.
Þórsmörk/Goðaland: Closed/Impassible for those not in a modified vehicle. Staff will remain in Húsadalur throughout the winter. The area is quite wet.
Vestmannaeyjar: The ferry will depart from Þorlákshöfn until further notice on 
www.seatours.is (top of website). 
Landmannalaugar: Roads are only passible for those with experience in a well modified vehicle! Wet snow and difficult to get around on a vehicle. Passible with a snowmobile.

Conditions on hiking trails:

Hiking during winter time requires proper equipment even on shorter hikes. Please study our equipment list as preparation is key for successful travel in Iceland. Winter has arrived in most areas in Iceland so we recommend having minor crampons with you at all time.

 Esjan: Mountain crampons needed to go beyond Steinn as snow and ice are along that climb. Must not be underestimated! Considerably colder up top than by the roots and wind often increases after 250 m. Warm clothing is essential!

Skaftafell: S1 towards the glacier is clear. S2 to Svartifoss Waterfall is icy and crampons recommended for that. Other trails are closed.
Reykjadalur: Wet snow/mud now and important to bring crampons along as conditions can change quickly – can become VERY slippery when everything freezes! Important to stay on the trail as it’s surrounded by dangerous hot springs and very vulnerable nature! NO sneakers!
Ásbyrgi: Snow on trails and ice. Ice sheet over the road by the parking lot that can only be crossed in a 4×4.
Glymur: Log over the river Botnsá will not return until spring so now hikers must either cross the river on foot, go up on the west side (not a good angle to see the waterfall) or take a longer route over the old bridge along the hiking route “Leggjabrjótur”.

Avalanche conditions:

Those heading into the backcountry have to keep the following in mind!
Moderate danger (level 2/5) in Northern Westfjords.

Grímsey Island Adventure

Grímsey Island Adventure

Book your daytour to Grímsey Island here! Get the opportunity to cross the Arctic Circle, see whales and encounter puffins – all in one tour.

We depart from Húsavík harbour in the morning. Upon arrival to Grímsey Island you will get a guided tour, including bird watching. Afterwards, to top your stay, you will be served a fully loaded lunch while melting the experience and impressions. Every passenger gets a certificate after crossing the Arctic Circle. On our way back we do some whale- and puffin watching in Skjálfandi Bay.


Duration: approximately 6 – 8 hours (depending on sea conditions)

Season: May 1st – August 20th (Tuesdays and Saturdays. Departure from Húsavík at 09:00 am)

What’s included?

  • a specialized guide and experienced captain
  • warm overalls
  • a guided tour and lunch on Grímsey Island
  • certificate for crossing the Arctic Circle

What do I need to bring?

  • We offer warm extra clothing on board our boats
  • We still highly recommend that passengers bring their own warm and waterproof clothes, footwear and protective bags for cameras, as it can be cold and wet out at sea

 

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River Holaa – Lake Laugarvatn

The River Holaa – Lake Laugarvatn fishery is beautifully surrounded and the lush vegetation along the banks as well as the rich birdlife is joy to watch. River Holaa is ideally suited for upstream nymphing, dry fly fishing as well as for fishing with streamers. Both the river and the lake are relatively easy to fish and suitable for both the experienced fishermen and beginners alike. The river and the lake are fished entirely from the banks or by wading. Spin fishing is also allowed.

Location:
80 Km east of Reykjavik midway between Thingvellir National Park and the Geysir – Gullfoss area.

Fishing season:
From April 1st until September 15th

Duration: 
Flexible tour duration. Generally approx. 9 hours including driving (60 minutes each way)

Species / fishing arrangement:
Arctic char & brown trout / fly fishing and spin casting. Optional catch & release

Tackle:
Single handed rods. Line weight 4-8

Included:

  • Private guiding/instructions
  • Fishing permit
  • Pick up and Drop off
  • Fishing equipment (waders and rod)
  • Usage of flies & spinners
  • Light refreshments (light beverages & sandwiches)

Prices:

Group size Price per person
1 person  985.00 CHF
2 persons 595.00 CHF
3 persons 475.00 CHF
4 persons  355.00 CHF

Contact us for an individual offer:

  • by e-mail to info@johnsongroup.ch or
  • call us on +4161 588 00 82

We are looking forward to your contact!