Avalanche bulletin - Eyjafjörður (experimental)

  • Fri Apr 12

    Considerable danger
  • Sat Apr 13

    Considerable danger
  • Sun Apr 14

    Considerable danger

Widespread layered windslabs and persistent weakness are now found on most aspects after repeated storm cycles with heavy snow accumulation some places. The old weakness on the border between the windslabs and the firn below is likely still present and might lie deep many places

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

Avalanche problems in the area

Thick wind slabs many places from three snowstorms with NE-winds

A weakness still persists in the area and seems sensitive still, especially in upper elevations. Avalanches on this layer may become large. The large avalanche triggered by explosives in Hlíðarfjall on night of 2.4. and snowpit from Kvarnárdalur on 3.4. indicate a persistant weak layer in the area.

Snow layers and snow cover

The third NE-snowstorm last Sunday-Monday were adding to present windslabs which started to form the week before Easter. Persistant weakness is still present on the border between the windslabs and the firn below. It can lie deep many places and therefore is a risk for big avalanches from that layer.

Recent avalanches

A big slab avalanche was spotted in Hofsskarð N of Hörgárdalur 8.4. Many large avalanches have occurred during the Easter-snowstorm and some were triggered by skiers and sledgers the days after. The april 2nd a large slab was triggered by explosives in Púðurbakki in Hlíðarfjall which indicates a pwl

Weather forecast

Easy winds on Wednesday but picking up speed again from E on Thursday with snowfall and snowdrift in mountains. Strong NE winds and snowfall on Friday. Light variable winds and dry on Saturday.

Forecast made: 11 Apr 15:43 GMT. Valid until: 12 Apr 19:00 GMT.

Avalanche Danger Scale

Very high


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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