Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall Iceland

Weather and conditions on the main roads:

A lot of rain tonight in S-east tonight which will move north in the night to morning. On Friday we‘re expecting a STORM from Skaftafell to Djúpivogur where gusts can reach over 35 m/s along with heavy rain. We recommend following this closely! It‘s important to imform drivers on bigger vehicles or ones with trailers as wind gusts can reach hazardous speeds!


Highland roads are opening, but there are still some that are impassable/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/impassable 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 take closures into consideration and will lead tourists on to mountain roads that they are not equipped for. This often happens because these roads are often shorter in distance while being very rough and much slower.


Conditions in the highlands:


Fjallabak: Road 208 to Landmannalaugar has opened, passable for all types of cars although slow and rough. Small cars must park before the river at Landmannalaugar and walk from there. F208 from south open until Eldgjá. Otherwise all other roads in the region are still Impassable/ Closed.

Lakagígar: Open – River is very deep so not passible with smaller 4×4 (Rav4, Jimny etc.) when raining. Trail up to Laki was damaged by the winter so you need good footwear!  

Sprengisandur: Open and clear for 4×4. Road to Askja from Sprengisandur still closed!

Kjölur: Open, and road F347 to Kerlingafjöll is open and the bridge is in place. Road 35 was fixed not too long ago, but is still slow and rough.

Kaldidalur: Open – was fixed not too long ago, but is still slow and rough.

Askja: Road F88 and F905 to Askja have opened, along with road F902 to Kverkfjöll.  Better for smaller 4×4 vehicles (Jimny, Rav4 etc.) to take F905 as the river crossing on F88 by Herðubreiðalindir can be deep and tricky.


Conditions in popular tourist sites:


Þórsmörk: Drivers need experience in crossing rivers. Krossá has become larger than normal. Numerous people have had trouble in Steinholtsá river because of bad route choice. It‘s important not to cross where the river is calm as that‘s where it‘s also the deepest. Most midsize and bigger 4×4 can get into Básar. No rental cars are allowed into Langidalur since the river there is rather tricky.


Landmannalaugar: The campsite is very wet still. Snow on and off all around Landmannalaugar, thus the hikes of Skalli and Háalda are closed, while shorter hikes such as Laugahraun, Bláhnjúkur and Brennisteinsalda are open. The area is vulnerable to wind so in bad weather the hiking conditions are not good at all!


Geysir and Gullfoss: Nothing remarkable or unusual about the conditions.


Dettifoss and Selfoss:  Both roads 862 and 864 are open. Not recommended for small cars to go on road 862 between Hljóðaklettar and Dettifoss, it is a one lane gravel road where it is difficult to meet cars, has a lot of blind crests and in heavy rain it turns into a washboard with big puddles.


Goðafoss: Nothing remarkable or unusual about the conditions.


Látrabjarg: Cliffs are very fragile so it‘s important not to go too close to the edges. No permanent warden in the area. Roads are passable for all vehicles until 4×4 signs. Narrow roads that tourists can find challenging.


Rauðisandur: Narrow roads that thread the side of the mountain. Tourist have found this challenging – especially when passing oncoming traffic.


Reynisfjara: is always dangerous due to the unpredictability of the waves. It is 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 is 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.




Hiking routes


Esjan: Nothing remarkable about the conditions.

Skaftafell: All paths are open and most of them are very muddy. S4 to Kristínartindar is still under snow and only for experienced and equipped hikers.

Laugavegur: Still snow in about 3-4 km radius around Hrafntinnusker. Important to inform hikers of the fact that it’s easy to get lost when thick fog hits in the snow (white-out) so a GPS is required! River Bláfjallakvísl has become dangerous and it’s important NOT to cross it alone! The current is quite strong and the level is up to high-thigh-levels.

Fimmvörðuháls: Unlike the forecasts have been saying – weather has been very challenging for hikers! Still quite a lot of snow from Baldvinsskáli to Brattafönn. If clouds hang low it can be difficult to navigate in the snow, therefore GPS is recommended. This is a long hike, over 20 km and you need to be well equipped in proper footwear! No drinking water is on this path after the canyon.


Reykjadalur: Nothing remarkable about the conditions.


Jökulsárgljúfur: Nothing remarkable about the conditions.


Víknaslóðir: Little snow on the route and the trail is easily passable. 


Hornstrandir: Wet conditions in northern fjords (Hornvík, Hælavík and Fljótavík) where finding a dry camping spot could be challenging. Conditions from Aðalvík to Hesteyri a lot dryer. The warden will be arriving any day now.


Lónsöræfi: Little snow cover in the area. Hikers can still expect the trail between Geldingafell and Egilsfell to be wet.


Kerlingarfjöll: The bridge is on the road and it is therefore open to all vehicles that can take the road 35. Other mountain paths in the region are still closed for driving due to wet mud. There is still snow in the area and therefore the higher parking lots are still closed, expect a little longer hike than usual.


Glymur: Steep uphill climbs and loose rocks – important to wear appropriate footwear.


Best regards

Safetravel team