Avalanche forecasts

Avalanche conditions

In the interior (highlands) and on the glaciers we have had winter conditions and considerable avalanche danger in some area. Snowmobilers triggered an avalanche on Monday and on Thursday last week two skiers were caught by an avalanche in Grímsfjall in Vatnajökull. Warmer weather forecasted in the next days and heavy rain in SW part of the country.
Written by a specialist at 25 May 12:54 GMT

Forecast for selected areas

Northern Westfjords

Moderate danger

Snowfall in the mountains on Saturday and Sunday, adding about 20 cm of fresh snow in mountain tops. Before that, snow was in gullies and upper part of mountains inland but bare ground in other areas. Weak layer in the old snow observed on Tuesday. A hiker was caught in an avalanche in a steep gully in Seljalandshlíð by Ísafjörður town on Monday. He probably triggered the slab himself in the new snow close to the mountain top. The same day skiers reported Whump sounds in the snow in Hrafnseyrarheiði and Seljalandsdalur. Big avalanches are not expected, but it can be dangerous to trigger even small avalanches in areas where falling can have serious consequences. Warmer weather over the next days.
Valid from: 25 May 14:00 GMT - Valid until: 28 May 16:00 GMT


Low danger

Skiers triggered a wet slab on Thursday in last week, at 800 m a.s.l. There is fresh snow from last weekend and small loose avalanches fell on Monday. The snowpack should be gaining strength. However, unstable windslabs could still be found in upper part of mountains.
Valid from: 25 May 14:00 GMT - Valid until: 28 May 16:00 GMT

East fjords

Low danger

Snow is considered mostly stable, but small avalanches and cornice collapses may still occur.
Valid from: 25 May 14:00 GMT - Valid until: 28 May 16:00 GMT

Weather forecast in terms of avalanche danger

Heavy rain in SW Iceland on Saturday.
Written by a specialist at 25 May 12:56 GMT

Avalanche Danger Scale

The bulletin uses the international Public Avalanche Danger Scale.

About the bulletin

IMO issues an avalanche bulletin Monday, Wedenesday and Friday at 16:00 GMT for three selected areas.

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