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Weather and conditions on the main roads:
STORM: Severe gale force winds along the south coast tomorrow, Thursday, from Seljalandsfoss to Vík and from Skaftafell to Jökulsárlón! Wind gusts expected to reach 40 m/s so bigger and lighter vehicles should avoid travel in the area! Important to inform drivers on motorcomes, camping cars! Other drivers must slow down when travelling in the area! Considerable amount of rain is along-side this so travelling is not recommended! Heavy wind gusts 25-30 m/s will be from Reykjavík to Borgarnes in Kjalarnes and under Hafnarfjall. This will last all day!
Highland roads are impassible/closed in all Iceland. 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. Not all the closed/impassible roads will be closed with a bar over the road so it‘s important to inform our guests that driving there is strictly prohibited! The highland-road map can be found here.
ATTENTION: It‘s important not to follow GPS-devices blindly as not all devices take closures into consideration and will lead tourists on to mountain roads that they are not equipped for. This often happens when these routes shorter in distance while being very rough and much slower.
Conditions in the highlands:
Fjallabak: Roads impassible/closed. Snow and slush!
Lakagígar: Road F206 is open for 4×4 untill Fagrifoss waterfall. River crossing on the way.
Sprengisandur: Closed! All driving prohibited.
Kjölur: Open until the start of gravel road. Impassible from that point. All driving prohibited from the North.
Kaldidalur: Impassible – snow and slush!
Askja: Closed from all directions!
Conditions in popular tourist sites:
Þórsmörk: Básar is open for most 4×4 as rivers are minor. No rental cars are allowed into Langidalur since the river Krossá is rather deep there and numberous cars have had trouble! Road to Húsadalur is open for jeeps but conditions change rapidly when it rains! Drivers need experience in crossing rivers as numberous people have has trouble in Steinholtsá river because of bad choice of route. It‘s important not to cross where the river is calm as that‘s where it‘s also the deepest.
Landmannalaugar: Closed due to snow melt! No estimation for opening date – dependent on weather conditions.
Geysir og Gullfoss: Nothing remarkable regarding conditions. New stair case opened last week.
Dettifoss og Selfoss: Nothing remarkable regarding conditions. Road 862 has opened for jeeps only!
Goðafoss: Nothing remarkable regarding conditions.
Látrabjarg: Roads are accessible with all vehicles until 4×4 signs. Very narrow roads that have a lot of holes and puddles when wet – these can be very challenging for those not used to it.
Rauðisandur beach: Rangers haven‘t begun their normal route to gather information yet. Some construction going on along the route.
Reynisfjara beach: is always dangerous due to the unpredictability of the waves. It‘s not every wave – it‘s every 7th or 10th or 12th wave that goes alot 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 evern 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 Kirkjufjara beach, it‘s CLOSED due to this fact and also Djúpalónssandur in Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Conditions on popular hiking trails:
Esjan: Nothing remarkable regarding conditions.
Skaftafell: S3 and S4 are closed due to snow melt but once they dry (next few days) they will open.
Laugavegur: Closed until mid-June due to bad conditions. The snow is very wet, slushy and visibility is often times zero. To do this now you need proper mountaineering experience, crampons, GPS and winter equipment! All huts are closed (for a good reason) but expected to open mid-June.
Fimmvörðuháls: Closed until mid-June. A few hikers go over anyway but most of them turn around! To do this now you need proper mountaineering experience, crampons, GPS and gaiters! Baldvinsskáli hut is open but empty! Wardens hope to go up there and to Fimmvörðuskáli hut June 10th.
Reykjadalur: Ekkert athugavert við aðstæður.
Jökulsárgljúfur: All trails from Ásbyrgi have been opened and are in good conditions.
Glymur: Steep gravel slopes so it‘s important to wear good footwear (hiking boots)!
Loving the blues on this December workshop morning.
Posted by Iceland Aurora Photo Tours on 2014-02-19 21:31:50