Avalanche bulletin

Avalanche conditions

Considerable amount of new snow has been added in the north half of Iceland, from the Westfjord to the Eastfjords, but very little new snow in the south parts. Snow has accumulated in south-facing slopes in the north blizzard and snow drift. An uncertainty phase due to avalanche danger was put in affect in north Iceland on January 19th and in the Westfjords on the 22nd. Many avalanches have been reported in north Iceland and in the Westfjords, which is indicative of a persistent weak layer. Although wind and precipitation is reducing on Sunday and Monday then it is likely that weak layers will still be present in the snow pack and travellers in steep terrain could trigger avalanches.
Written by a specialist at 22 Jan 17:41 GMT

Avalanche bulletins for selected areas

The avalanche bulletin is at a regional scale. It does not necessarily represent avalanche danger in urban areas.

Northern Westfjords

  • Sat Jan 23

    High danger
  • Sun Jan 24

    High danger
  • Mon Jan 25

    High danger
Forecast made: 23 Jan 15:40 GMT. Valid until: 25 Jan 19:00 GMT.

Tröllaskagi

  • Sat Jan 23

    High danger
  • Sun Jan 24

    High danger
  • Mon Jan 25

    High danger
Forecast made: 22 Jan 18:55 GMT. Valid until: 25 Jan 19:00 GMT.

Weather forecast in terms of avalanche danger

Strong north winds with snow or showers of snow in north Iceland, but dry and mostly fair in the south. Temperatures below freezing levels. Winds and precipitation slowly reducing on Sunday and Monday.
Written by a specialist at 22 Jan 16:53 GMT


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About the bulletin

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

Safe backcountry travel requires training and experience. You control your own risk by choosing where, when and how you travel.

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