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Sneaker Waves at Reynisfjara Beach 13. November, 2018

Video showing large waves and sneaker wave at Reynisfjara The Black Sand Beach Reynisfjara is the popular black sand beach on the south coast of Iceland near the small town of Vík. While being famous for beautiful rock formations and…

Slippery Sidewalk Season! 1. November, 2018

During the winter sidewalks and hiking/walking trails in Iceland are often slippery. Many areas are sanded or salted but its still possible to slip and fall. We recommend using micro-spikes for slippery days. They can be easily found at gas…

Rjúpnaveiði 23. October, 2018

Skotveiði er útivist þar sem huga þarf að réttum búnaði og öryggisatriðum, auk þess að sýna ábyrga hegðun vegna skotvopna og ganga vel um landið. Veiðimenn þurfa að kynna sér vel þau svæði sem þeir ætla að fara á, fylgjast…

How to Dress for Icelandic Winter 16. October, 2018

Winter weather in Iceland can be cold and unforgiving. As a traveler you may only have a limited time to spend seeing the country. If you follow our guide and dress properly you are less likely to have to sit…

Winter Driving in Iceland 5. October, 2018

Winter driving in Iceland can be challenging so its important to prepare yourself for your trip. Before setting out check to see your lights, brakes and engine are in good working condition. Recommended equipment for winter driving in Iceland: Snow…

How to Read the Road Conditions in Iceland 1. October, 2018

The Road Administration of Iceland (Vegagerðin) has a frequently updated website with conditions of the main roads all around the country. Road conditions are indicated by colour, with some icons offering additional information. Once on the homepage, you see if there…

What Does Impassable Really Mean? 25. September, 2018

After the first snowfall of the fall/winter an F-road or mountain roads in Iceland can be marked impassable due to snow. This means that from when it is marked impassable until summer it won’t be monitored and people go there at their…

How to Read the Weather Forecast in Iceland 21. September, 2018

The Icelandic Met Office has a website available in English, however, it can still be a bit tricky to interpret the forecast if you are not used to this format. Before we explain the forecast, its important to note that…

Fall Hiking/Camping Essentials 10. September, 2018

The midnight sun is long gone and fall has arrived in Iceland. Now that the seasons have changed your hiking gear will need to change a bit as well. Below is a list of some essentials for hiking at this…

When Do the Highlands Close?

We are often asked when the Laugavegur / Fimmvörðuháls trail / the highlands open and close each year. Accessibility to the highlands depends a lot on the time of year so below is a guideline of accessibility to the highlands…

Drone Safety in Iceland 24. August, 2018

In recent years drones have become very popular and available to the mainstream public. Below is a video created by the Icelandic Transport Authority about the use of drones in Iceland: This video created by a French mountain awareness organization shows the importance…

Northern Lights Safety in Iceland 21. August, 2018

Autumn is coming which means that northern lights (aurora borealis) viewing season has arrived in Iceland. In this article Safetravel will advise you on how to view the northern lights while keeping your safety and the safety of others in…

A Guide for Hiking in Hornstrandir Nature Reserve 30. July, 2018

Hornstrandir Nature Reserve (established in 1975) in the Westfjords is known for its remote setting and dramatic landscapes. The 580 km² nature reserve is only accessible by boat during the summertime as there are no roads. The nature reserve is an…

How to Pack for Multi-Day Hiking in Iceland (Summer Edition) 14. July, 2018

Safetravel has detailed packing lists for hiking in Iceland as seen here. This guide will provide more insight into those packing lists as well as explain how and where to pack these items. The first step to packing for a multi day…

The Laugavegur Trail 9. July, 2018

For our first official blog post we will start with an intro to Iceland’s most famous hiking trail: The Laugavegur Trail. Landmannalaugar The Laugavegur is a 54 km well marked trail in the highlands of Iceland which starts in Landmannalaugar…

Welcome to our Blog! 2. July, 2018

  Welcome to the Safetravel blog! We want to bring you more in depth information on topics you are interested in. We will use this platform to talk about safety in Iceland, backpacking, camping, and any adventure topics you want…

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