At this time of year the nature is wet and the sensitive nature is at risk of damage. Stay on marked paths/trails everywhere! Some places are closed due to nesting birds. Highland roads are closed due to thawing conditions. The river canyon at Fjaðrárgljúfur is closed for protection.
Weather and conditions on the main roads:
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, 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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: Nothing unusual about conditions. 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 poor conditions.
Hljóðaklettar: The hiking trail between Ásbyrgi and Dettifoss is closed because of poor conditions.
Dimmuborgir: Nothing unusual about conditions. Stay on marked trails.
Víknaslóðir: Loads 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Road 249 is open but only passable for bigger 4×4 jeeps.
Þórsmörk: Trails are in quite good condition but can be muddy/slippery.
Landmannalaugar: Road to there is impassable and closed. 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.