Weather and safety – Good to Know

Weather warnings

The weather in Iceland can change rapidly and, therefore, it is very important to check the weather forecast before and while travelling. Wind and wind gusts can be particularly dangerous. Read more about weather in Iceland here.

In case of extreme weather, the Icelandic Meteorological Office issues weather warnings according to a four-colour system (green, yellow, orange and red), with red indicating the most extreme weather.

Weather alerts are announced on in a yellow banner and in the top right corner.

By clicking on the alert you can get more information on the weather warning, including what type of weather is expected, how long the extreme weather is supposed to last and what regions will be affected.

Example of a yellow weather warning on

Staying warm

Regardless of the weather, it is always important to dress appropriately. Travellers must carry with them several layers of clothing and ensure that they have warm, windproof and waterproof clothing as well as sturdy shoes.

Tourists often underestimate the combined effect of wind, rain and cold temperatures. Check out the instructions for appropriate clothing on