Yesterday the Icelandic Met Office issued a warning that heavy rain is expected in south and west Iceland in the days ahead. The temperature in Iceland is also supposed to be warm for this season so in addition to the rain, water is coming from the mountains and melting glaciers. The wind forecast is a south and southeast 13-20 m/s. This is not good news for those traveling in or near the Highland. As there are many rivers in the Highland and Highland roads one has to cross; the situation becomes more difficult and often impossible under such circumstances. A river that was o.k. yesterday to cross can turn into a huge flood. This is one reason the police in Hvolsvöllur near Þórsmörk has closed the road to this pearl and natural wonder, as there are many potentially dangerous rivers along the way.
Roads become more difficult
This situation is expected to change on Friday morning, and accordingly, most of the rivers will get back to normal. In addition to Þórsmörk visitors are still driving to Lakagigar and Laki which has at least two rivers that can turn into a dangerous volume of water. In such torrential rains, the gravel roads on the Highland also worsen and as maintenance level is low, very annoying and difficult to drive after the rain. It is at least not recommended to visit these places so late in the autumn in a small car, even in a small 4x4 vehicle. A good strong 4WD like a Toyota Landcruiser or Toyota Hilux is required.
Only a reminder of the weather factor
This news and warning from the Icelandic Met Office is only a reminder of how important it is to follow the weather when traveling in Iceland. Although true during the summer it is critical during autumn and winter. It is probably one of the most important factors to follow when traveling the Ring Road and other interesting road trips.