Is it safe to walk near/on Iceland's volcanic rivers (SOUTH ICELAND)?


Hi all, this may be a silly question, but I noticed on Googlemaps this wide and open area by the south:,-17.6112829,16843m/data=!3m1!1e3

There’s not much information on this, or at least I haven’t been able to find any online, but is this area safe to walk over? I’ve just been able to see aerial photos online, which look stunning:

Is this the same area? My intention is to just follow the river on foot. I am solotravelling.

Thank you.


Well, those photos and the area you listed are not the same. The black area is Skeiðarársandur, an area that is usually pretty desolate as every now and then there are glacial floods there, meaning vegetation isn’t really all that safe there.
The photos you listed are taken in the highlands most of them. This one here is from a flood in the area you listed:

It’s pretty, but doesn’t happen all that often. You’re perfectly safe walking there. The are is pretty cool though, with massive bridges crossing over nothing (as they are meant to keep the traffic going if the flood comes) and elevated roads:

So yeah, there is no ‘river’ to speak of. There is Skeiðará river, but it is not that big when there’s no flood going on :stuck_out_tongue: Route 2 lies there, and I recommend sticking to the road, cause, you know, it’s not smart to just head out into a black desert known for occasional floods…