Extreme Weather Hits Iceland

The Icelandic Meteorological Office issued an orange warning for the capital area this morning due to extreme winds, Vísir reports. The wind speed hit 18-25 metres per second in parts of Reykjavík at 8:00 AM this morning. The highest speeds will be in the Kjalarnes area, as wind speed will reach 38 metres per second in the area. Wind speeds reached a high of 45 metres per second in the area around Hafnarfjall mountain. A yellow warning will be in effect until noon today, according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office.

Almost all squads of the search-and-rescue volunteer operation Landsbjörg in the southwest of Iceland have been mustered this morning. The rescue teams have assisted in more than 30 operations in total. The weather reached a climax at 8:00 AM this morning but is expected to start to calm down around noon today.

A yellow warning has been issued in other parts of the country, such as the south of Iceland, the Westfjords, Southeast Iceland as well as Faxaflói and Breiðafjörður bays. This has affected many tour operators around the country, as well as stopping international and domestic aircraft travel.

Accompanying these extreme winds is heavy rainfall, as well slippery ice on the roads. Both the Icelandic Meteorological Office and police authorities have asked citizens to take caution while travelling, and ensure that children do not travel alone in this weather.

It is expected that extreme weather will hit Iceland in the next couple of days as well, as experts from the Icelandic Meteorological Office expect low-pressure weather system to stir up a storm on both Thursday and Sunday.

Very strong windgusts in the forescast for Thursday night until Friday – up to 40 m/s ( 90 mph / 145 km/h)

Check out the weather forecast and the actual road conditions: Actual Weather and Road conditions in Iceland

 

Weather and conditions on the main roads:

Very strong windgusts in the forescast for Thursday night until Friday – up to 40 m/s ( 90 mph / 145 km/h) near mountains in the north – from Blönduós to Mývatn and in the Westfjords. Will most likely go down towards the afternoon (Friday). Drivers on motorhomes or with trailers should plan their travels accordingly.

Tourists often mistake 4×4 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.

Drivers who get stuck in rivers or in snow have to get themselves out at own expense – there‘s no insurance in the world that covers damage linked to crossing a river. Illegal to drive off-road!!

Conditions in the highlands:

Highland roads are most closed/closing due to bad conditions! It doesn’t take a lot of snow to make it difficult staying on these roads! Conditions in the highlands are a lot different than on lowlands these days! Most areas are getting freezing night temperatures and even snow so it‘s important that travelers are equipped and ready for that – especially those heading for hikes and camping!

Fjallabak: Fjallabak is closed/impassible for those NOT in a modified vehicle! Companies need to inform drivers that roads are very wet and to go around puddles is considered off-road and is illegal!

Sprengisandur: Closed/impassible for non-modified vehicles!

Kjölur: Changes a lot according to the weather – No snow but very rough – only for 4×4.

Kaldidalur: Very rough after the summer, no snow now – drivers should drive slowly!

Conditions in popular tourist sites:

This time of the year, changes are frequent and conditions vary on the weather. When the weather has calmed it‘s very possible that trails and roads in some areas will still be icy in the mornings from the night frost. We recommend bringing minor crampons along.

Reykjanes: The roads to Reykjanestá and Gunnuhver is quite rough (due to pot holes).

Þingvellir: Nothing unusual about the conditions.

Geysir og Gullfoss: Nothing unusual about the conditions.

Hraunfossar og Deildartunguhver: Nothing unusual about the conditions.
Snæfellsjökull: Nothing unusual about the conditions. Road over Jökulháls is closed (no. 570 and 571).
Rauðisandur: Narrow road that threads the side of the mountain without protective rails. Many have found this road uncomfortable especially when weather is bad!
Látrabjarg: The cliffs are quite loose, avoid going too close! Due to how vulnerable the area is to wind it‘s not recommended to walk there when winds are blowing heavily!
Dynjandi Waterfall: Construction going on so people must be careful of heavy machinery.

Hvítserkur: Nothing unusual about the conditions.
Goðafoss: Nothing unusual about the conditions.
Dettifoss og Selfoss: 864 closed. 862 only open from Ring Road no. 1 to Dettifoss (paved road). Early in the morning (before 10 o‘clock) the area by the waterfall is icy due to spray from the falls falling on the night frost!

Hengifoss: Nothing unusual about the conditions – construction going on to widen the path.

Reynisfjara: The beach can always be dangerous due to the unpredictability of the waves. It‘s not every wave – it‘s every 7th or 10th or 12th wave that goes a lot 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 these waves.
Same applies to Kirkjufjara beach, it‘s CLOSED due to this fact and also Djúpalónssandur in Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Skógafoss: Nothing unusual about conditions.
Seljalandsfoss: Nothing unusual about conditions
Þórsmörk/Goðaland: Closed/impassible for those not in a modified vehicle! Not much water in the rivers but rivers should not be crossed without experience! Trails are without ice now and without snow. Staff have left Langidalur and Básar. Húsadalur will be staffed throughout the winter. Bridges from Langidalur to Básar have been removed!
Vestmannaeyjar: Nothing unusual about conditions. Information on whether Herjólfur sails to/from Landeyjahöfn or Þorlákshöfn can be found on www.seatours.is (top of website).
Landmannalaugar: Roads closed/impassible. Roads are very wet and those who disrespect closures have been driving around puddles: driving off road! This is illegal and damages the nature a lot!

Conditions on hiking trails:

Hiking during winter time requires proper equipment even on shorter hikes. Please study our equipment list as preparation is key for successful travel in Iceland. Before the sun comes up, icy conditions can be expected on hiking trails all around Iceland so we recommend having minor crampons with you at all time.

Esjan: Must not be underestimated! Considerably colder up top than by the roots. Warm clothing is a must!

Skaftafell: Trails ok and all are passable – S4 (Kristínartindar) must be evaluated each time as the conditions depend on the snow (and wind).

Reykjadalur: Nothing remarkable or unusual about the conditions.

Ásbyrgi: Nothing remarkable or unusual about the conditions.

Kerlingarfjöll: Trails are wet but not icy (early morning they can be icy) – ok but requires proper winter equipment for the longer hikes in the area!

Glymur: Log over the river Botnsá has been removed so now hikers must either cross the river on foot or take a longer hike over the old bridge along the hiking route “Leggjabrjótur”.

Norther Lights every day

This has been a very special time for us. With us we mean WEST ICELAND. First we receive a reward for being a top 10 destination for 2016 by Lonely Planet. Then we get Northern Lights for hours almost each day. These pictures where taken 19:00. Special, right… Its just a very happy place, west Iceland.

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Veiði í Hreðavatni

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Hreðavatn

Hreðavatnsskáli hefur tekið við sölu veiðileyfa í Hreðavatni. Leyfið kostar 750 ISK á stöng og gildir í einn dag frá 08:00-23:00. Aukastöng eða aukadagur kostar 750 ISK.

Skv. eigendum er óheimilt: Að fara með skotvopn um veiðisvæðið, að fara með hunda á veiðisvæðið, að kasta rusli í veiðivatnið, að hafa báta á vatninu, að tjalda án leyfis.

Hreðavatn er allstórt stöðuvatn í mjög fallegu umhverfi í Norðurárdal í Mýrarsýslu. Það er 1,14 km², dýpst 20 m og í 56 m hæð yfir sjó. Hrauná rennur úr því um Grábrókarhraun, að mestu neðanjarðar. Vatnið er örskammt frá hringveginum (nr. 1). Veiðileyfin gilda norðaustan línu milli Leiðarskarðs og Æskuminnis. Fjöldi veiðileyfa er ekki takmarkaður.

Í vatninu er bleikja og svolítið af urriða og bezt er að veiða á morgnana og kvöldin. Mest er af smáum fiski í vatninu, ½-2 pund. Mælt er með fluguveiði!

Umhverfi vatnsins býður upp á margar fagrar og áhugaverðar gönguleiðir, s.s. upp á Grábrók, niður að Glanna í Norðurá og Paradís við Norðurá, svo eitthvað sé nefnt. Fyrrum sáust ókennileg dýr í Hreðavatni, en þau gera ekki vart við sig lengur.

Hreðavatnsskáli er veitingastaður við Grábrókargígana. Fyrsta veitingaskálann reisti Vigfús Guðmundsson (1890-1965) árið 1933 og nýjan 1946. Vigfús var landskunnur fyrir ferðalög, veitingastarfsemi og afskipti af stjórnmálum (var lengi í forystusveit Framsóknarflokksins). Árið 1955 gaf hann út bókina „Umhverfis jörðina”, árið 1958 „Framtíðarlandið”, árið 1960 „Æskudagar” og árið 1962 „Þroskaárin”.

Ef þér langar að borða fiskinn, þá erum við glöð að hjálpa þér/ykkur að hreinsa og elda hann. Veldu þér góða hlið og vín og njóttu hörðu vinnuna sem þú ert búinn að leggja í fiskinn með þinni bestu lyst.

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Fiskurinn hérna á myndinni, er hin svegar fiskur sem teymið okkar eldaði og bar fram og veiddi að sjálfsögðu.

Njótið og “bon appetit”.

Day Trips & Activities

Day Trips

On the spur of the moment in West Iceland

These day trips ares ideal for spontaneous uncomplicated travelers. You put the program together day by day with below recommendations. If the weather is nice you go hiking if not you go fishing and so on. Reykjavík is not so far away for a shopping tour or you try to relax. It is all in the open just as you wish.

By the way nearby are three golf courses and Glanni is supposed to be one of the most beautiful golf courses in Iceland.

Crater Grábrók

SAMSUNG CSCHike to the two craters that belong to the volcanic system of Ljósufjöll. It reaches from Berserkjahraun in the North of the Snæfellsnes peninsula close to Stykkishólmur over the actual Ljósufjöll and Hnappadalur all the way to the Grábrók craters. The pictures shows the fantastic view from the top of Grábrók. It extends over a distance of 90 km and is one of the longest in Iceland. The last eruption took place about thousand years ago at Hnappadalur. The Grábrók craters are interesting geologically because of the way the volcanoes have shaped the rock on the ground. The lava is supposed to be about 3000 years old. The view from the top over the valley is fantastic.

Hreðavatn

Vatn means lake. It is situated near Grábrók lodge and well accessible by foot. The surface of the lake is 1.3 km2. It lies 56 m above sea level. Its length is about 5 km and its greatest depth 20. On the east side of the bank you will find the lava of the Grábrók craters. There is also heathland and moors to be found and small birch woods.

Trout fishing is possible. Fishing permits can be obtained at the Grábrók lodge or Hreðavatnsskáli.

Glanni, Paradies Oase, Hraunfossar

SAMSUNG CSCThe river Norðurá has its origin from the highland Holtavörðuheiði and it runs through the Norðurárdalur before it reaches Hvitá river. It is one of the best salmon rivers in Iceland. Easy to reach by foot or car from the Grábrók lodge is the waterfall Glanni. It is surrounded by a small wood where mushroom grow just as well as blueberries. Paradísarlaut, the oasis of paradise lies hidden in the lava banks of Norðurá close to Glanni. It is a great place of piece, quiet and serenity.

The Hraunfossar are situated on the other side of the valley. It is a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 700 metres out of Hallmundarhraun. The waterfalls pour into the Hvitáriver from ledges of less porous rock in the lava. A small bridge crosses the river Hvitá. From there the view is great to the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. The picture shows Glanni in early May.

Snæfellsnes peninsula

The Snæfellsnes peninsula is also called „Iceland in miniature“ because many beautiful sights can be found in the area. The Eldborg crater came from another of the many craters of the valley Hnappadalur which are part of the volcanic system Ljósufjöll. Its last eruption was about 5000 years ago. It is easiest to approach Eldborg from the farm Snorrastaðir. It is possible to walk all the way around the crater as well as up it. Very special are the white sandy beach in Búðir and the colourful mountains in the surrounding. The volcano covered with a glacier, Snæfellsjökull, is an iconic strato volcano. Its peak reaches 1446 m (4745 ft). Arnarstapi offers a lot of nice seascape. It has countless basalt seastacks, arches and deep coves. It is also a popular nesting site for the arctic tern, the great black backed gull and the fulmar. Stykkishólmur is the largest town on the peninsula.

Vatnsnes peninsula

sealThere is a seal museum at Hvammstangi. The Vatnsnes peninsula is a unique, wild and uninhabited area. The ringed seal and the common seal can be watched from Illugastaðir. Ósar is the location of the 15m high Hvitserkur, a rock formation. It is a striking landmark just offshore which looks like an elephant or a sea monster depending on how one looks at it. Drive along Viðidalur and you will reach the farm Kolugil which stands beside the river Viðidalsá. Below the farm the water falls into a deep, rugged gorge called Kolugljúfur. It cascades over many waterfalls called Kolufossar. The gorge got its name from the lady troll called Kola. She was supposed to have dug up the gorge and stayed there.

Going back to Keflavík

Drive to Keflavík and visit the beautiful peninsula.