Spring and summer in the Icelandic

 

Westfjords

 

Spring is a time of hope, of a new start - a new beginning!

 

Yesterday was winter and today it is already summer.

Spring in Iceland comes all of a sudden. 

The Icelandic pre-summer time has its distinct advantages. You can experience two seasons - winter and early summer summerdays and perhaps also admire the northern lights.

The mountains are still covered with snow. The days are already longer than in most other parts of Europe and the snowy landscape glistens in the sunshine.

If you are the first visitors of the year you will experience life in the city as it has been through winter.

The nature awakens - the spring flowers an are blooming and the birds travel to their breeding grounds. It´s the time to eat a salat with young fresh leafes and flowers.

The short Icelandic summer fascinated by brightness. The day has 24 hours and the plants grow very fast. 

What to wear on a Walk?

Useful tips for participants on a walk with Ísafjörður Guide

Summer (June to August):
Weather

Please be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions in Ísafjörður. The change from sunny weathers to rain and storm can happen within half an hour. So be prepared to experience rain, snow, storm as well as a bright and sunny sky during only one day.

Clothes

Therefore, I recommend you the peel-off method: wear several layers of clothing so that you are able to adopt your clothes to the weather conditions during the walk. Depending on the weather, it would be best to start layering with a T-shirt, as even Icelandic summers can be warm! For the next layer, I would recommend you a fleece or a proper sweater, which keeps you warm at shady places. A wind and weather-proof jacket will protect you from rain and winds. However, even during summers the temperatures might drop so that you should bring a warm, lined outdoor jacket.

As Ísafjörður is surrounded by the sea, we have a maritime climate with chilly winds. Therefore, I would also recommend you to bring a cap (or headband) and gloves.

Footwear

While walking through town and up to the surrounding hills, we will meet various road conditions. In nature we will find uneven gravel roads and narrow tracks. Please choose rather sturdy shoes with a good tread. Hiking boots would be a good choice.

For a Walk in the nature hiking sticks can be helpful.

Sunlight

The sunlight in the north might be more intense than it is back in your home country. Please protect sensitive skin with suntan lotion on sunny days.

Winter

The winters in the West Fjords can be very snowy. With good hiking boots you are perfectly equipped. Please do not forget underglove Spikes for your shoes. The weather is very unstable, even in winter. It often changes from frost to thaw of snow to rain. Therefore, rapidly forming ice, which can easily lead to accidents.

Exclusion of liability

Please keep in mind that I cannot accept any liability for personal or material damage if not gross negligence came into existence. Therefore, I ask you to be prepared and wear suitable clothing including safe walking shoes and thus prevent accidents. Usually I ask my guests if and to what extent they feel able to walk on uneven paths in nature. Please inform me in advance about any physical ailments or handicaps which I need to take into consideration when planning the Walk.

Lose dangling cameras or other valuables can for example hit against rocks, cause you to get caught or fall down and get broken during a hike. Please ensure in your own interest for any equipment to be stored in a protective case or suitable carrier bag.