SafeTravel information for the next few days

SafeTravel connects travelers in Iceland with essential resources to help reduce their exposure to risks and ensure a safe and comfortable travel experience. Here you find information for the next few days.

Useful information in one place:
We would like to remind you of our „Conditions“ page. There you can find information on road conditions and weather along with our conditions map where we put in alerts in the form of color coded triangles. You can click the triangles to access more information about each alert.

 

Weather and road conditions: 

 

At this time of year the roads are often snowy and icy; black ice in the mornings.  
There’s a storm warning for Friday afternoon and into Saturday; between Borgarnes and Reykjavík, between Reykjavík and Vík.  

 

 

 

Reykjanes: 

 

Valahnjúkur is closed due to fissures and danger of landslides!  

 

Seltún:  The whole area is high geothermal and dangerous boiling hot springs around. Stay on marked paths only - even on the opposite part of the road!!  

 

 

 

West Iceland: 

 

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: 

 

Notice that some roads have no winter service. Check www.road.is before driving off. 

 

 

 

North Iceland: 

 

Dettifoss:  Winter conditions on the trails/paths and very difficult/dangerous to walk. The walk to Dettifoss (1 km one way), is all on ice and snow up and down hills.  Good shoes, micro-spikes, proper winter clothes and good physical condition needed. To protect nature stay on the paths! Use road 862 from road 1 to get to Dettifoss. Check www.road.is for updated road conditions. Road 864 is now impassable/closed. No driving there! 

 

Mývatn:  Snow covers the ravines in the lava around Dimmuborgir and Hverfjall/Hverfell. Stay on the paths to avoid falling through. 

 

 

 

East Iceland: 

 

Hengifoss: Part of the path is closed. Too wet and the nature is damaged because of it. 

 

 

 

South Iceland: 

 

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: Recently there was a landslide from one of the edges and there is danger of more!  

 

Reynisfjara:  Part of the beach is closed due to a landslide. Do not enter the cave – there is danger of rocks falling from the ceiling. In general at the beach: show extra caution, stay FAR back from the water, and do not leave children unattended! The beach can always be dangerous due to the unpredictability of the waves. So called sneaker waves (every eighth wave or so) are dangerous for the sake that they reach further up and are stronger than the others. 

 

Gullfoss: The lower path to the waterfall is closed because of ice. Respect the closure and use the upper platforms.  

 

 

 

Highlands: 

 

F-roads are now impassable with no winter service. No rental cars allowed!  Do not enter if you come to a sign that says: CLOSED/IMPASSABLE!  

 

Fimmvörðuháls trail:  Extreme winter conditions on the trail and bad weather is a fact, any day. Hiking is now only for very experienced mountaineers with proper equipment/clothes - crampons and ice-axe are necessary and the knowledge how to use them.  

 

Laugavegur trail:  Extreme winter conditions on the trail and bad weather is a fact, any day. Hiking not at all recommended! Huts between Landmannalaugar and Thorsmörk are closed so there is no shelter for bad weather.  
The hut in Landmannalaugar is open until December 1. The hut in Langidalur is closed and the same for the hut in Básar. Volcano Huts in Húsadalur (Thorsmörk) is open all year round.  

 

 

 

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. Very bad weather can also be expected, even in the summer. Please study our equipment list because 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  

 


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