Ice beach Smurfer

At this time of year the nature is wet and the sensitive nature is at risk of damage. Stay on marked paths/trails everywhere!

Weather and conditions on main roads:

Snow showers to be expected in North and North East Iceland (mostly between Akureyri and Egilsstaðir) the next few days, causing icy/slippery roads.

Reykjanes:

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.

West Iceland:

Dangerous area around the landslide in Hítardalur. Do not go there! Stay on marked paths everywhere. Nature is wet and muddy.

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.

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.

West Fjords:

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: The scheduled boats are not sailing.

North Iceland:

Hvítserkur: The road has lots of potholes. The walking path can be muddy/slippery.

Goðafoss: Stay on marked paths and be careful around the canyon.

Mývatn:  Nothing unusual about conditions. Stay on marked trails/paths.

Ásbyrgi: Paths are wet and muddy. Stay on marked trails.

Dettifoss:  There’s still snow and mud on the paths. Be extra careful around the canyon and stay on marked paths.

Jökulsárgljúfur: The hiking trail between Ásbyrgi and Dettifoss is closed because of poor conditions.

Hljóðaklettar: The hiking trail between Ásbyrgi and Dettifoss is closed because of poor conditions.

Dimmuborgir:   Stay on marked trails.

East Iceland:

Víknaslóðir:  Loads of snow still in the area and dangerous snow drifts. 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.

South Iceland:

Jökulsárlón: Nothing unusual about conditions.

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 open 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.

Fjaðrárgljúfur:  Closed!

Dyrhólaey: The road to Háey is only for 4x4 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.

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.

Kirkjufjara: Closed.

Skógafoss:  Stay within marked areas and on marked paths to protect the nature.

Seljalandsfoss: Stay on marked paths.

Þingvellir:  Stay on marked paths.

Geysir: Stay on marked paths.

Gullfoss:  Stay on marked paths.

Reykjadalur: The trail is mostly dry. Proper hiking shoes required though. Stay on marked trails, nature in the area is very sensitive, plus there are dangerous hot springs around.

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 and even sometimes icy. It’s necessary to be dressed/equipped for bad weather because the weather conditions can change very quickly.

Highlands:

All F-roads (highland roads) are closed now because of mud and will not open until mid/late June. No driving permitted and illegal to enter these roads now!

Fimmvörðuháls:  The trail is closed to protect the nature and will be closed for some more time. Winter is still there with snow big part of the trail and 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 and in general at this time of year it’s not recommended to do the trail.

Básar: Trails are in quite good condition but can be muddy/slippery.

Þórsmörk: Trails are in quite good condition but can be muddy/slippery.

Landmannalaugar: Road to there is completly impassable. Hut is closed.

Laugavegur: The huts between Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk are closed and so is the road to Landmannalaugar. Winter conditions on the trail with snow and huts are closed so there’s no shelter for bad weather.

The hut in Langidalur is open. Básar (Þórsmörk) is open. The hut in Landmannalaugar is closed. Volcano Huts in Húsadalur is open all year round.

Kerlingafjöll:  Road F35 is closed.

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. 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.

Trails can be wet, muddy and slippery so it’s important to wear proper footwear. Important to stay on marked paths and trails everywhere.

Best regards

Safetravel team