Civil Protection Warns of Landslide Danger in North Iceland

North Iceland landslide earthquakes

The state of uncertainty in North Iceland declared on June 19 by Iceland’s Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management is still in effect. As the earthquake swarm in the area continues, it poses an increased risk of falling rocks and landslides from steep mountain slopes along parts of the country’s north coast.

Travellers in the affected areas (pictured above) are encouraged to be vigilant of this danger and limit their time under steep slopes, especially in areas known for landslides. Residents and travellers in the area are also informed that large earthquakes occasionally lead to tidal waves, and are thus encouraged to stay away from harbours and coastal areas for several hours following large earthquakes.

The ongoing earthquake swarm began on June 19 off Iceland’s north coast. Over 9,000 earthquakes have been recorded since that date, including three measuring over M5, making this swarm the most powerful in the area in the last 40 years. Experts state there remains a likelihood of more quakes over M5 in the area that bring an increased risk of landslides and falling rocks.

Gullfoss Footpath Closed Tomorrow Due to Icy Conditions

Owing to ongoing frost by the waterfall Gullfoss in Southwest Iceland, rangers from the Environment Agency of Iceland have taken measures to make footpaths in the area safer. Not all precautions have proven effective, however; incessant spray has rendered the gravel footpath leading to the waterfall extremely slippery. To ensure the safety of visitors, the footpath will be closed tomorrow (23rd of October).

Other footpaths in the area have been sanded and will remain open. The frost is expected to continue throughout the week. The footpath will open again later this fall if weather conditions improve.

Rangers have also put up signs recommending the use of crampons by Gullfoss and Geysir.