Opening of highland roads delayed 

21.06.2022 - 16:07
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A snowy winter and cold spring in the interior highlands mean roads there are still closed, later than previous years. A customer service officer at the National Road Administration says that the roads are being dealt with on a case-by-case basis and will open in the next few days. He recommends checking the Vegagerðin website for road openings and conditions for those interested. 

Still lots of mud and snow 

Many travel-hungry Icelanders and tourists are waiting for the mountain roads in the interior highlands to open. The weather and lingering snow dictate the condition of these roads. Once the temperature rises, the roads thaw, but they also need time to dry and harden before there is no risk of vehicles getting stuck and it is safe to open them for traffic. Despite the mild weather of recent weeks, many areas of the interior still have snow and deep mud, and most roads are closed. 

Later than usual 

Magnús Ingi Jónsson works in customer service at the National Road Administration. "There is still a lot of snow on most mountain roads; therefore, they will be opened later than usual. The only road that is fully open at the moment is Kjölur (F35). The roads at Arnarvatnsheiði upland have partially opened on the south and north side, but not all the way through. The same applies to the roads leading to Landmannalaugar, the road between Búrsfellvirkjun and Sigöldustöð power plants has been partially opened, but the rest of the road is still impassable," Magnús reports. 

When can we expect the opening of the main roads in the highlands?

"Most people ask about the road to Landmannalaugar. We hope to be able to open it this coming weekend." 

Encourage people to check the condition of the roads 

Magnús encourages all travellers to check the state of the roads on the National Road Directorate website.  "This website is updated around the clock. If you have any concerns, you can always call our number, 1777."  

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