Weather and conditions on the main roads:
In the coming week strong winds and heavy rain is to be expected in between. Keep an eye out on the forecast! Camper vans should be extra careful.
Tourists often mistake 4x4 for a vehicle that can take on all terrain, which is of course not the case and this must be explained as damages can cost thousands of dollars. Not all the closed/impassable roads will be closed with a bar over the road so it‘s important to inform our guests that driving there is strictly prohibited! The highland-road map can be found here.
ATTENTION: It‘s important not to follow GPS-devices blindly as not all take closures into consideration and will lead tourists on to mountain roads that they are not equipped for. This often happens because these roads are often shorter in distance while being very rough and much slower.
Conditions in the highlands:
Fjallabak: Only part of Dómadalsleið (F225) remains closed as all driving is prohibited from Landmannahellir to road 208.
Lakagígar: Still the same. Rivers Varmá and Hellisá can be difficult, people with extensive experience can pass in smaller 4x4 (RAV/Jimny etc.)
Sprengisandur: All numbered roads are open. Gæsavatnaleið still closed. F26 is in good conditions, the river Nýjadalsá that is over 50 cm deep has given people trouble. Still considerable snow in the mountains and hiking should only be done after consulting with wardens/rangers.
Kjölur: Nothing remarkable or unusual about the conditions.
Kaldidalur: Nothing remarkable or unusual about the conditions.
Askja: Only F909 from Snæfell towards the glacier is still closed. Most smaller 4x4 (Jimny etc.) can get up to Askja by route F905 and F910, F88 can be hazardous for the smaller 4x4 due to the rivers.
Conditions in popular tourist sites:
Þórsmörk: Conditions similar; smaller 4x4 should only head towards Básar so as not to cross the big river Krossá. Drivers still need experience in crossing rivers. Krossá is normal, but still no car rental cars are to cross over to Langidalur or Húsadalur. Numerous people have had trouble in Steinholtsá river because of bad route choice, important not to cross where the river is calm as that is where it is also the deepest. Hvanná has a sandpit upstream of the ford to be aware of. In heavy rain, as is to be expected this week, the rivers can get dangerous and change extremely quickly.
Landmannalaugar: Good conditions, a bit wet. Longer hikes such as Skalli and Háalda still closed. Prohibited driving on route Dómadalsleið (F225) between Landmannahellir and Landmannalaugar.
Geysir og Gullfoss: Nothing remarkable or unusual about the conditions.
Dettifoss og Selfoss: Nothing remarkable or unusual about the conditions. Road 864 open to all types of vehicles, but road 862 has gotten very bad, only bigger vehicles and 4x4 should continue on between Dettifoss and Hljóðaklettar.
Goðafoss: Nothing remarkable or unusual about the conditions.
Dynjandi: the hiking paths become hazardous in rain.
Látrabjarg: Cliffs are very fragile so it is important not to go too close to the edges.
Rauðisandur: Narrow roads that thread the side of the mountain. Tourist have found this challenging – especially when passing oncoming traffic.
Reynisfjara: is always dangerous due to the unpredictability of the waves. It is not every wave, it varies, that goes much further up the beach than the rest making it difficult to assess danger upon arrival. There are no rocks in the ocean that break the waves and only a few meters of shore, there‘s an underwater cliff so the pulling factor of these already powerful waves becomes even greater. On top of this the sand is very fine ash which makes it extra difficult to get away from the waves. Same applies to Kirkjufjara beach, it‘s CLOSED due to this as well as rock fall. This is also true in Djúpalónssandur in Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Conditions on hiking trails:
Esjan: Nothing remarkable about the conditions.
Skaftafell: Nothing remarkable about the conditions.
Laugavegur: Still snow on 6-8 km part of the trek. In Hrafntinnusker camping must be done in snow, if people are not prepared for that they must hike 22 km from Landmannalaugar to Álftavatn in one day. It is very important to inform hikers of the fact that it’s easy to get lost when thick fog hits in the snow (white-out) so a GPS is required! River Bláfjallakvísl has been good for some days now but if it starts raining this can change quickly. The Þröngá river by Þórsmörk has had very strong current.
Fimmvörðuháls: Still quite a lot of snow in the pass for about 3 km. Conditions vary a lot dependent upon weather. If clouds hang low it can be difficult to navigate in the snow, therefore GPS is required. This is a long hike, over 20 km and you need to be well equipped in proper footwear! No drinking water is on this path after the canyon.
Reykjadalur: Important to keep to the paths as new geothermal areas are always forming.
Jökulsárgljúfur: Nothing remarkable about the conditions.
Víknaslóðir: Nothing remarkable about the conditions. Weather forecast should always be looked at.
Hornstrandir: This area is classified as Wilderness and therefore there are no services to be found there. People travelling to Hornstrandir needs to be self-sufficient, camp in designated areas and leave nothing behind. It is strictly prohibited to light fires in the area! This area can be divided into two; the western part and the eastern part.
The Western part, from Hesteyri until Hlöðuvík, has decent conditions although Fljótavík is wet as usual. Rangers can be found in the area from Hesteyri until Hornvík.
The Eastern part, the inner area of Jökulfjörður and east of Hlöðuvík, is still in difficult early spring conditions. Snow in mountain passes and all the way down below 300m height over sea level. Rivers have started making their way through the snow and snow bridges are becoming hazardous. The Eastern part is also dangerous for the thick fog (visibility only 50m) that covers the area in Northerly and North-Westerly winds.
Askja and Kverkfjöll: The hike to Víti is still covered by snow, 2,5 km each way and thus difficult. Gæsavatnaleið is still closed but smaller cars can still make their way to Holuhraun. Even though F910 from Askja to Nýjidalur has opened it is only passable in bigger 4x4 vehicles!
In Kverkfjöll the ice cave cannot be visited due to possibility of cave-ins! The opening can be seen from afar but people cannot go closer there is considerable danger of rock fall for last 100 m of the hike. Hiking to Herðubreið and Snæfell is not recommended without first talking to wardens/rangers.
Lónsöræfi: Little snow in the area. The road is open and passable, even though the river levels are low they change quickly with weather changes and should only be crossed by locals in bigger 4x4. The hike from road 1 to Múlaskáli is about 20 km. Before travelling to this area, the Vatnajökull National Park should always be contacted, Snæfellsstofa if coming from the North and Gamla Búð in Höfn if travelling from the South.
Kerlingarfjöll: Nothing remarkable about the conditions.
Glymur: Conditions the same as before, steep uphill climbs and loose rocks – important to wear appropriate footwear.