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Considerable danger of avalanches on Tröllaskagi peninsula in North Iceland

  • Siglufjörður town The small fishing town is located at the bottom of the fjord at the tip of Tröllaskagi peninsula. Photo/Pjetur Sigurðsson

According to The Icelandic Met Office (IMO) there is a considerable danger of avalanches on Tröllaskagi peninsula, North Iceland and a moderate danger in the Westfjords and in the Eastfjords.

No towns or habituated areas are in danger but travel in the backcountry of these areas is not recommended.

Read more: 20 years since avalanche hit Súðavík, killing 14 people

Daily updates
IMO publishes a daily avalanche forecast for three areas in Iceland that have a long history of dangerous avalanches. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 16 (4am) IMO also issues a special avalanche bulletin in Icelandic for these three selected areas.

A specific map is presented for each of three selected high risk areas. Additionally, a comment on overall avalanche conditions in Iceland and a general weather forecast in terms of avalanche danger is given in English.  As pointed out on IMO’s website it should be kept in mind that the avalanche forecast is written for large areas and does not necessarily represent avalanche danger in urban areas.

On IMO's avalanche forecast maps, an international colour code is used. The table and the icons are from European Avalanche Warning Services (EAWS).

The Avalanche Danger Scale
LOW The snowpack is well bonded and stable in general.
MODERATE The snowpack is only moderately well bonded on some steep slopes*, otherwise well bonded in general.
CONSIDIRABLE The snowpack is moderately to poorly bonded on many steep slopes*.
HIGH The snowpack is poorly bonded on most steep slopes.
VERY-HIGH The snowpack is poorly bonded and largely unstable in general.

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