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Why the weather is the most dangerous thing in Iceland?

When you think about dangerous things that you can find in a country, you can think about wild animals, wars and even dangerous people, but in Iceland, the weather is the most dangerous. 

For six months the weather in Iceland is the most dangerous thing one can face and is because of its geographical position, almost in the middle of the ocean. The oceanic winds and storms that are reaching Iceland are very strong and if you are not an Icelander you would be surprised by the strength of these phenomena. 

Every year it happens that some strong storms are reaching Iceland and what is left behind these storms looks like in a horror movie. Most of the time the cars are destroyed and some people even lost their life because they ignored the recommendations of the Icelandic authorities.

Photo source: Rúv.is

In these images, you can see the aftermath of a storm that happened in the second half of September 2022 in Iceland. It was the strongest storm that Icelandic people have experienced and the damages were serious.

During such storms, there is no space for “I know better than them” or “I can drive through storms” because in Iceland the storms are nothing like some people are used to. So be responsible and do not put other people in danger just because you do not want to listen to weather alerts.

Photo source: Rúv.is

As a travel agency, we are always up to date with weather alerts because we know how dangerous a storm or the wind can be in Iceland and we do not want to put our guests in danger. We are also not recommending for tourists self-drive during winter and the extreme weather is the reason we do that. 

For you to understand better, the weather can be so extreme in Iceland that people will not go to work or leave their houses if the wind is more than 20 m/s (72 km/h). 

The extreme weather in Iceland does not mean only strong winds and storms or snowstorms, it also means dangerous ocean waves that are deadly, especially on open beaches. The most dangerous waves are on Reynsfjara-Black Sand Beach on the South Coast of Iceland where many people lost their lives because they stood too close to the shore and the big waves drag them into the ocean. 

There are signs everywhere that are advising people to not approach the shore or enter the cave if the weather is not good and still every year one or more tourists die there. 

We are seeing every day on social media how people are posting their experiences in Iceland in extreme weather, they think is funny but is not!

Photo by Benjamin Rascoe

If you are ignoring the recommendations of the Icelandic authorities and venture into the bad weather you put other people in danger and those people are part of the rescue teams that will come to help you. 

Beginning the middle of September until late April the weather can be extreme in Iceland and you should follow the recommendations of your travel agent and especially the recommendations of the Icelandic authorities. Also, it is your duty and obligation to check the weather and road conditions before leaving your accommodation.  

Photo by Lucas Chizzali

We know that the winter season is very beautiful and the weather is not extreme every day so people should not avoid travelling to Iceland during winter. They just need to be flexible and replan their trip when the weather is bad. 

To have an unforgettable experience in Iceland during winter you should book your trip through a local travel agency and I am saying that not to make more sales but it will be better to let the locals deal with bad weather or bad road conditions for you. In the end, they are living there and know better what to do when the weather is bad. 

Photo by Roan Lavery

Private tours are the best during winter, you enjoy your trip while a local driver guide is dealing with the problems. They will always find something for you to do or see if the weather is cancelling your initial plans. And the best part is that you will be safe. 

When you book with a travel agent, there is more flexibility when it comes to driving, accommodations, and activities, many of them can be refundable or can be rescheduled. This flexibility may be difficult when you are booking everything on your own. 

Many people think that if the price of a private tour and a trip booked independently is the same that means that is no point to depend on a tour guide but the knowledge of the tour guide and all the flexibility is something that you will not have if you book everything alone.

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Be responsible and listen to what Icelanders and Icelandic authorities are recommending about the weather. We have more blogs about this subject and you can find very useful information such as the natural phenomena that are happening in Iceland or the websites and apps you need to have to check the road and weather alerts. 

Have a look at our blog about the Weather in Iceland, the one about Driving in Iceland during winter and the one about How to be safe while travelling in Iceland?. 

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