December 14th 2021:
Announcement because of ice-cauldron east of Grímsfjall (Vatnajökull) – getting to the huts from east is dangerous!
For travelers heading to the huts at Grímsfjall, it is recommended to approach them from west. If continuing further east across Vatnajökull it is recommended to return the same way westwards and then head north of Grímsvötn. Also if coming from the east, head north of Grímsvötn and approach the huts from the west.
Further down you’ll find crevasse maps of most glaciers in Iceland. They were made to make trips along the glaciers safer. Waypoints were made for most common routes across them. After recent glacier floods from Grímsvötn, ice-cauldrons developed east of Grímsfjall with dangerous crevasses all around it. Considering this, travelers are warned to head eastwards from Grímsfjall and these routes are considered impassable:
- Route East of Grímsfjall. Waypoints: A2 and V-UF
- Route from Grímsfjall down to Grímsvötn. Waypoints V-GVGF-04, V-GVGF-03, V-GVGF-02 og V-GVGF-01.
- Impassable to Grímsvötn from all directions because of crevasses.
If going from Jökulheimar (route with waypoints V-JHGF-XX) or from Grímsfjall and headed towards Kverkfjöll or eastwards across Vatnajökull, it’s recommended to go the same way westwards to waypoint V-JHGF-08 and then head north of Grímsvötn with the following waypoints:
V-JHAU-1 N64° 26.800′ W17° 29.000′
V-JHAU-2 N64° 29.900′ W17° 23.600′
V-JHAU-3 N64° 27.000′ W17° 06.700′
When at V-JHAU-3 it’s possible to approach the route to Kverkfjöll through waypoint V-KFGF-07 or eastwards across the glacier through waypoint V-NL.
Picture below: West part of Vatnajökull. Waypoints show known routes on the glacier. The blue flags are the detour recommended.
Trips to the glaciers are not without danger! Icelandic glaciers are constantly moving and the weather on the glacier can be much more unforgiving than in other remote areas. It’s important to be aware of crevasse areas and high-risk zones to be able to plan a route around them. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you go on a glacier without experience or the proper equipment. Hiring a guide will ensure you have an experienced leader with proper equipment and training!
Along side these crevasse maps, waypoints have been issued for experienced drivers. These can be accessed here for Garmin and on gpx format.
In order to understand these waypoints it’s important to read the instructions and they can be accessed here.
Below are maps that show known crevasse areas on the glaciers. The goal is to increase safety for those who have experience and are planning on traversing the glaciers but one must remember that crevasses can appear with limited warning signs!
Those who already own a Map of Iceland from Garmin (or plan to buy it) can download an updated version with the crevasse map included on www.garmin.is/kort.
Those who have an older version of the maps or want to have the crevasse map as ‘a layer’ on their device can download the crevasse map on the bottom of this page.
The crevasse map as a layer works well in new outdoor devices and Nuvi devices. The layered map does not work with marine devices but a 2012 Map of Iceland with the crevasse map included works in newer marine devices. These include: GPSmap 420/421, 520/521, 525/526, 720, 4010 and other devices more recent than from 2006. Older device such as 172S,0292 and 276C have not been tested. 182C was tested and the most dangerous area did not distinct from other areas on the layer. We are working on resolving that issue.
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