Conditions in Jökulsárgljúfur (Dettifoss & Ásbyrgi)

Ásbyrgi Canyon as seen from Ásbyrgi Visitor Centre on 9 March 2020. The trodden path into the canyon…
Ásbyrgi Canyon as seen from Ásbyrgi Visitor Centre on 9 March 2020. The trodden path into the canyon can be seen in the snow on the right.

This winter has been quite hard in Northeast Iceland and marked with storms and snowfall. As a result, most roads that do not connect towns and communities are impassable. That includes the Dettifoss Road (862) and all the access roads to various other destinations within in the national park area in Jökulsárgljúfur. If you are interested in visiting Dettifoss waterfall anytime soon, please contact operators that organize tours into the area: https://www.northiceland.is/en

Updated information about access to Dettifoss waterfall can be expected around 23 March 2020.

Road 85 to Ásbyrgi Canyon is served throughout the year and passable for all vehicles, except perhaps during blizzards and storms. The road into Ásbyrgi Canyon itself (861) is impassable for all vehicles. Visitors can however park their cars by the visitor centre and walk a well-trodden path into the canyon. Until the end of March, Ásbyrgi Visitor Centre is open on weekdays from 11 am to 3 pm. Beginning April, the visitor centre will be open daily from 10 am to 4 pm.

Campground services in Ásbyrgi will resume on 1 April. It is unlikely that vehicles can enter the campground itself, but overnight visitors are welcome to park by the service building and use all the facilities. Normal fees apply.

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Please check https://safetravel.is/conditions for most recent safety information. Visit Jökulsárgljúfur's Facebook site for recent photos from the area: https://www.facebook.com/Jokulsargljufur/

 

 

 


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