April is still considered winter and snow and ice on the ground can be expected, so it’s important to wear proper footwear. It can be very slippery and falling can cause accidents. Microspikes are recommended when icy and to protect the nature it’s important to stay on marked paths and roads.
Weather forecast for the Easter weekend is quite good; more or less dry in the northern part of Iceland but rainy in the south part.
Even though it’s April winter conditions can still be sometimes icy and slippery on roads, snow on the roads, poor visibility, etc.
General conditions in the highlands:
All F-roads are now closed because of winter conditions and will not open until mid/late June!
Conditions in popular tourist sites:
Conditions depend entirely on the weather which must be checked every day.
Reykjanes: Valahnjúkur is closed due to fissures and danger of landslides!
Seltún: The trails are wet/muddy. Part of the hot spring area is closed due to high activity and danger of explosions. Stay out of the closed area!
Krýsuvíkurbjarg: There’s a big fissure in the cliff and danger of landslides.
Þingvellir: Stay on marked paths.
Geysir: Stay on marked paths.
Gullfoss: Stay on marked paths.
Western Iceland: Dangerous area around the landslide in Hítardalur. Do not go there! Important to stay on marked paths everywhere. Nature is wet and muddy.
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.
Westfjords: Some mountain roads are still closed. Note that at bridges are sharp edges and deep holes, slow down because it’s easy to damage cars.
Látrabjarg and Rauðisandur: In heavy rain Látrabjarg becomes very slippery and trails muddy. The road to Rauðisandur is very steep, threads the mountain with out protective rails which can be challenging for inexperienced drivers.
Hvítserkur: The road has lots of potholes. The walking path can be muddy/slippery at this time of year.
Goðafoss: Stay on marked paths and be careful around the canyon.
Mývatn: Nothing unusual about conditions.
Dettifoss and Selfoss: Roads 864 amd 862 are closed.
Hengifoss: Trail is closed at Litlanesfoss for nature protection.
Jökulsárlón: Nothing unusual about conditions.
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. Stay on marked paths/areas. Show extra caution when it’s windy.
Reynisfjara: Use extra caution, stay WELL 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.
Skógafoss: Stay within marked areas and on marked paths to protect the nature.
Seljalandsfoss: Stay on marked paths.
Conditions on hiking trails:
Hiking in Iceland requires proper equipment even on shorter hikes as trails are often not like the ones travelers are used to. 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 tired knees.
Esja: Important not to underestimate the elevation gain and weather. It’s important to stay on the trails, which can at this time of year be wet, muddy or icy. It’s necessary to be dressed/equipped for winter and bad weather because the weather conditions can change very quickly. Recommended to bring microspikes, in case the trails are icy.
Reykjadalur: The trail is mostly clear of snow but has some wet parts. Proper hiking shoes required. Stay on marked trails, nature in the area is very sensitive, plus there are dangerous hot springs around.
Básar: Trails are wet.
Fimmvörðuháls: The trail has been closed for some time to protect that nature. Winter is still there with snow and bad weather conditions are a fact. The huts are closed. A challenging hike and conditions vary a lot on the weather and in general at this time of year it’s not recommended to do the trail.
Þórsmörk: Trails are wet.
Landmannalaugar: Winter conditions. Road to there is completly impassable. Hut is closed.
Laugavegur: The huts between Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk are closed so it’s not recommended to do the hike. Winter conditions with snow and as huts are closed there’s no shelter for bad weather.
The hut in Langidalur is closed. Básar (Þórsmörk) is open for Easter weekend. The hut in Landmannalaugar is closed. Volcano Huts in Húsadalur is open all year round.
Þakgil: Campsite is closed.
Kjalvegur: Road F35 is closed.
Kerlingafjöll: Road F35 is closed.
Skaftafell: Check the information center for open trails. Important to wear proper hiking boots and stay on marked trails/paths.
SE of Vatnajökull: This time of year the walls and ceilings of ice caves are getting weaker and entering can be risky. Only enter ice caves with an experienced guide!
Víknaslóðir: Huts are closed.
Ásbyrgi: Paths are wet and muddy. Stay on marked trails.
Dettifoss: Be extra careful around the canyon and stay on marked paths.
Jökulsárgljúfur: The hiking trail between Ásbyrgi and Dettifoss is closed because of winter conditions.
Hljóðaklettar: The hiking trail between Ásbyrgi and Dettifoss is closed because of winter conditions.
Mývatn: Nothing unusual about conditions. Stay on trails/paths.
Dimmuborgir: Stay on marked trails.
Hornstrandir: The scheduled boats have stopped sailing there. Winter conditions and no hiking.
Glymur: The log “bridge” is not there so there is no way but wade through the river. The current is quite strong and the river is ice cold so wading through is not for everyone.
Best regards – and Happy Easter!