Travelling in Iceland can be a wonderful and unforgettable experience, but with that being said it can also be challenging for those who are not prepared.  This is especially true during winter months, with harsh winter weather and often difficult driving and hiking conditions. 

Iceland is a country with various hazards, be it the ever-changing weather or loose rock in cliffs, powerful and unexpected ocean waves (sneaker waves) or steaming geothermal areas. its important to use common sense when travelling and always stay alert, read warning signs and keep updated on weather and conditions (or ask around if you are unsure)!

Staying on marked trails is incredibly important, it can sometimes be a matter of life and death especially in areas where dangers are not always apparent (especially those not familiar with the Icelandic environment)! 

We encourage everyone to prepare accordingly and visit the website for Safe Travel in Iceland which is dedicated to keeping you safe with regular updates on weather, road and hiking conditions and various other necessary recommendations to prepare for your travel. 

Safetravel – The official source for safe adventure in Iceland

Safe Travel Website Fyrir Heimasidu

Reynisfjara beach has become quite a popular visit in our Geopark. However, the beach can be very dangerous with powerful ocean waves  known as sneaker waves (huge and unexpected, almost tsunami-like) and huge rockfall in the caves and cliffs due to coastal erosion. 

Despite warning signs being put up in recent years, visitors are drawn to close to the waves and tragic accidents (fatalities) have occurred. 
The best way to enjoy the area is to stand far away from the ocean and admire the area from a good distance. 

NEVER turn your back on the ocean and do not leave your children unattended. Stay with your group.

For further information on SAFETY and HAZARDS in Katla Geopark, visit the site here.