Outdoors in Iceland

Everything you need to know before you go on your adventure

It is important that the trip suits you and everyone in the group. Take care of yourself and each other. Don’t leave anyone behind to meet up with you later. 

The biggest concern when outdoors in Iceland is the weather. The combination of cold temperature, strong wind and rain can be fatal if you don’t have the proper clothing and equipment. The weather changes fast in Iceland and you should be prepared for any weather. It can be sunny, rainy and windy all in one day. 

Respect the weather! If there is bad weather forecasted, think carefully about whether your trip will be safe or enjoyable and consider changing or cancelling your plans. Pay careful attention to weather forecasts  or warnings in the area you’re planning on visiting. Take notice to what hut wardens say, rangers, ICE-SAR, police, etc.  
And remember: If the locals say it‘s going to be bad – it is going to be bad! 

Appropriate Clothing

It is essential to prioritize appropriate clothing and equipment when facing the challenging Icelandic climate and weather

Eruption area Reykjanes

Keep in mind that the eruption site is not a safe area. Stay out of the marked hazard zone!

in Iceland

in Iceland

Are you going Camping?

Safetravel’s camping guides provide tips and advice for safe and sustainable camping in Iceland

Personal Location
Beacon (PLB)

A radio transmitter that can be activated in an emergency to get help if needed. It transmits your location information directly to Search and Rescue forces

Safetravel App

The weather and road conditions in Iceland are different from you’re used to and can change fast. To be more informed, use the app. If you’re hiking or trekking, the app lets you send your GPS location to 112 emergency services so they can find you.

Get it on Google Play
Download on the App Store


Crevasse Maps

Crevasse maps are crucial for safe glacier exploration in Iceland, providing vital information on potential hazards