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When to go and weather


Getting to Vesturdalur

You can get here on foot or by car – note, however, that the gravel sections of Rte 862 are only open from about June to October.

Vesturdalur is 14km south of Ásbyrgi off Rte 862. At the time of research, it was 8km from Rte 85 on newly sealed road, a further 4km on gravel to the Vesturdalur turn-off, then 2km to the area.

Hólmatungur is another 16km south – turn off Rte 862 onto Rte 887. A 4WD is not essential but is helpful (you need good ground clearance to travel the 1km of Rte 887).

Dettifoss is 7km south of Hólmatungur, and the 24km stretch of Rte 862 from Dettifoss south to the Ring Road is fully paved.

Health and safety


  • Comprehensive travel insurance to cover theft, loss and medical problems is highly recommended.
  • Some policies specifically exclude dangerous activities such as scuba diving, motorcycling, skiing and even trekking: read the fine print.
  • Check that the policy covers ambulances or an emergency flight home.
  • Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
  • If you have to claim later, make sure you keep all documentation.
  • Paying for your airline ticket with a credit card often provides limited travel accident insurance – ask your credit card company what it is prepared to cover.
  • Worldwide travel insurance is available at www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-insurance. You can buy, extend and claim online anytime – even if you’re already on the road.
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