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Important Weather Advisory for Travelers in Iceland: June 3rd-6th, 2024 - Update

Update June 6th at 10:30 AM:

The unusually cold weather of the last few days continues, but will start to improve from Friday. Today, Thursday June 6th, weather warnings will continue to be in effect in Northern Ireland and later today also in the Westfjords. Keep an eye on the main information sites and seek information from your travel agents.


Attention all visitors,

During the week of June 3rd to June 6th, 2024, Iceland is expected to experience severe weather conditions that may pose significant challenges and risks, especially for those unfamiliar with the country's unique climate.

Weather Forecast:

  • Heavy Winds: Strong winds are anticipated. These winds can create hazardous driving conditions, including reduced visibility and the potential for vehicles that are sensitive to high winds (high sided vehicles) to be blown off course.
  • Snow on Mountain Roads: Snowfall is expected on mountain roads, particularly in the northern and eastern regions and in the highland. This can lead to icy and slippery surfaces, making driving treacherous, especially for those in standard, non-four-wheel drive vehicles.

Travel Recommendations:

  1. People planning outdoor activities and hikes are advised to review their plans and monitor weather forecasts and warnings.
  2. Avoid Mountain Roads: If possible, refrain from traveling on mountain roads during this period. The snow and wind can create extremely difficult conditions that may be dangerous for normal cars.
  3. Use Suitable Vehicles: If travel is unavoidable, ensure you are driving a vehicle equipped for winter conditions. Four-wheel drive vehicles with winter tires are strongly recommended.
  4. Monitor Weather Updates: Stay informed about the latest weather updates and road conditions through reliable sources.
  5. Plan Your Route: Plan your travel route in advance, and consider alternative paths that avoid the most affected areas. Ensure you have sufficient fuel, food, and emergency supplies.
  6. Drive with Caution: If you must drive, reduce your speed, maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, and be prepared for sudden changes in weather and road conditions.
  7. Follow Local Advice: Heed warnings and advice from local authorities and emergency services. If they recommend staying off the roads, please do so for your safety.

Emergency Contacts:

  • Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration: +354 522 1000 ), is open every day between 06:30 – 22:00.
  • Emergency Services: 112

We urge all travelers to exercise extreme caution during this period. Your safety is our priority. By taking the necessary precautions and staying informed, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable visit to Iceland.

Safe travels,