issued 29 May 2019
Snow could fall in North Iceland tomorrow, apart from that there is nothing unusual about the weather for the next few days.
Weather and conditions on the main roads:
It might snow in North Iceland on Thursday, with icy/slippery roads, but apart from that there’s nothing out of the ordinary in the forecast for now.
Reykjavík and nearby:
Grótta lighthouse: No traffice (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!
Krýsuvíkurbjarg: There’s a big fissure in the cliffs and danger of landslides.
Glymur: The log “bridge” has been put across the river.
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.
Note that some roads are gravel roads with potholes and at bridges are sharp edges and deep holes. Slow down because it’s easy to damage cars.
Látrabjarg: In heavy rain Látrabjarg becomes very slippery and trails muddy.
Rauðisandur: The road to Rauðisandur is very steep, threads the mountain without protective rails which can be challenging for inexperienced drivers.
Hornstrandir: Snow in mountain passes and on mountains, the weather forecast is very cold, so if going there people need to be very well equipped.
Dettifoss: Be extra careful around the canyon and stay on marked paths.
Jökulsárgljúfur: The hiking trail between Ásbyrgi and Dettifoss is still very wet/muddy.
Hljóðaklettar: The hiking trail between Ásbyrgi and Dettifoss is still very wet/muddy.
Víknaslóðir: Lots of snow still in the area. Huts are closed and no shelter to find.
Hengifoss: Because of nature protection the trail is only open until the last viewing platform. Respect the closure from there on.
Laugafell: Trails are open and in good condition. Stay on marked trails.
SE of Vatnajökull: This time of year the walls and ceilings of ice caves are weak and entering can be dangerous. Only enter ice caves with an experienced guide!
Skaftafell: Check the information center for information on trails. Important to wear proper hiking boots and stay on marked trails/paths.
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.
Dyrhólaey: The road to Háey is only for 4×4 jeeps. When walking around, do not climb over fences/chains and keep away from the edge of cliffs. Show extra caution when it’s windy. Birds are nesting so it is very important to stay on marked paths/areas and don’t disturb the birds. The whole area is closed for all traffic between 19:00 and 07:00.
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.
Reykjadalur: The trail is more or less dry now. Proper hiking shoes required though. Stay on marked trails, nature in the area is very sensitive, plus there are dangerous hot springs around.
Most F-roads (highland roads) are still closed and will not open until mid/late June. No driving permitted and illegal to enter these roads now!
Road 249/F249 to Þórsmörk is only passable for bigger 4×4 jeeps. Do not try to cross the Krossá river! It’s only for very experienced drivers who know that river very well.
Fimmvörðuháls: There is snow on big part of the trail and even at this time of year bad weather conditions are a fact. The huts are closed and no shelter to be found. A challenging hike and conditions vary a lot on the weather.
Básar: Trails are in quite good condition. Stay on marked trails. Road 249/F249 is open but only passable for bigger 4×4 jeeps.
Þórsmörk: Trails are in quite good condition. Stay on marked trails.
Landmannalaugar: Road 208 from 26 is open as far as Landmannalaugar and so is 225 but only passable by bigger 4×4 jeeps.
Laugavegur: The huts between Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk are closed. Winter conditions on the trail and lots of snow. The huts are closed so there’s no shelter for bad weather which can be expected even at this time a year.
Kerlingarfjöll: Not much snow in the area compared to previous years. Nature is very wet/muddy. Stay on marked trails and roads.
Road 35 is only passable for bigger 4×4 jeeps.
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.