Opening hours Restaurant in February 2018

Wednesday until Sunday: 12.00 – 19.00

 

We offer you typical icelandic meals for example Plokkfiskur ( mashed fish with potatoes and onions)  or the soup of the Day.
Try our fantastic Hot Dog (called Pylsa in icelandic) offered in homemade bread.
Everything is fresh prepared to serve.

Weather warnings

Weather and conditions on the main roads:
Yellow warning for tomorrow night! From 21:00 tonight until tomorrow morning we are expecting very strong wind gusts (35 m/s) by mountains from Skaftafell to Djúpivogur. Travelling not recommended at that time, especially for vehicles that take on a lot of wind. Tomorrow night, Thursday, a storm is expected to hit pretty quickly – around 21:00, first in the west. Blizzard in Snæfellsnes and in Westfjords. A lot of rain expected in lowlands but blizzard on mountain roads! NO TRAVEL CONDITIONS around this time (until Friday morning in south west, Friday noon in north east). Very strong wind gusts and low visibility on the roads in the dark night!

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. GPS devices also tend to lead drivers on to closed roads. For this reason, it’s very important they know where to access information about road conditions/closures. Illegal to drive off-road!!

Conditions in the highlands:
Highland roads are now all closed/impassible for unmodified vehicles! It’s important to be properly equipped for winter – especially those heading for hikes and camping!

Conditions in popular tourist sites:
This time of the year the conditions vary a lot on the weather. Trails are now icy/snowy in most parts of Iceland, even on lowlands so we recommend bringing crampons along ALWAYS, regardless of location! These essentials shouldn’t cost more than 2.000-4.000 ISK and make all the difference when exploring Icelandic sites during winter.

Reykjanes: Conditions on roads and trails by Gunnuhver are not good. Road 42 to Krýsuvík is often in worse conditions than others in the area.
Þingvellir: Trails covered in snow – important to be wearing crampons! Snow blowing over the mountain roads Mosfellsheiði and Lyngdalsheiði.
Geysir og Gullfoss: Lower trail towards Gullfoss will remain closed this winter due to ice. Crampons highly recommended in both Gullfoss and Geysir due to ice under the snow!
Hraunfossar og Deildartunguhver: Icy trails – crampons recommended!
Snæfellsjökull National Park: Icy trails – crampons recommended! Roads 570 and 571 over the glacier are closed!
South Westfjords: Road to Látrarbjarg is not winter serviced so it has not been plowed – impassible for regular cars! Road to Rauðisandur beach is in very difficult condition. Many mountain roads are impassible – Dynjandi cannot be accessed as roads are closed from both directions. We would also like to point out that a few avalanches have fallen in N-Westfjords so we do not recommend being out adventuring without appropriate avalanche safety equipment and knowledge to go with it!
Hvítserkur: The road to Hvítserkur from the road 711 is closed and will remain so until spring. Weather dependent as to view the rock you’ll have to walk for 10 minutes.
Goðafoss: Considerable snow and ice in the area – important to wear good shoes and crampons! Trails on the west side not recommended as they are not marked and it’s not clear where the edges end and the ice on the river begins!
Dettifoss og Selfoss: Roads to and from Dettifoss in all directions are now closed. Not known when the roads will be plowed.
Hengifoss: Important to bring crampons as the trail is now very icy!
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 Djúpalónssandur in Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Kirkjufjara beach but it‘s CLOSED for this reason.
Skógafoss: Snow and ice – crampons recommended.
Seljalandsfoss: The walking path behind the waterfall is closed due to ice! Other trails are ok but crampons recommended!
Þórsmörk/Goðaland: Closed/Impassible for those not in a modified vehicle. Staff will remain in Húsadalur throughout the winter. The river is lower than usual yet full of ice and the banks are quite high – about a 30 cm thick snow layer in Þórsmörk.
Vestmannaeyjar: The ferry will depart from Þorlákshöfn until further notice on www.seatours.is (top of website).
Landmannalaugar: Roads are only passible for those with experience in a well modified vehicle!

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. Winter has arrived in most areas in Iceland so we recommend having minor crampons with you at all time.

Esjan: Crampons are essential! Mountain crampons needed to go beyond Steinn as snow and ice are along that climb. Must not be underestimated! Considerably colder up top than by the roots and wind often increases after 250 m. Warm clothing is essential!
Skaftafell: S1 and S2, most popular trails to the glacier and to the viewing platform by Svartifoss waterfall, are ok. Towards the waterfall crampons are recommended! Other trails in Skaftafell are closed due to extreme ice – proper mountain crampons and equipment needed!
Reykjadalur: Very slippery conditions and snow! Important to wear crampons – not passible in sneakers! Important to stay on the trail as it’s surrounded by dangerous hot springs and very vulnerable nature!
Ásbyrgi: Ice and snow on all the trails!
Glymur: Ice on the trail and snow increases with elevation gain. Log over the river Botnsá will not return until spring so now hikers must either cross the river on foot, go up on the west side (not a good angle to see the waterfall) or take a longer route over the old bridge along the hiking route “Leggjabrjótur”.
Avalanche conditions:
Those heading into the backcountry have to keep the following in mind!
Moderate danger (level 2/5) in N-Westfjords. Considerable danger (level 3/5) in Tröllaskagi Peninsula and Eastfjords.

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”.