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Major urban arteries and roads out of Reykjavík open, Hellisheiði heath remains closed

By Staff

  • Most Major roads open Motorists are urged to show caution as roads are slippery due to ice and snow. Photo/IRCA

All major traffic arteries in Reykjavík have been plowed, allowing public transportation to resume normal schedule. All roads leading out of Reykjavík have also been opened.

The only part of Ring Road 1 which remains closed is Holtavörðuheiði heath, between the South West corner and South Iceland. Travellers who need to drive between the capital region and South Iceland can take a detour through the Þrengslin pass. 

The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration warns that all roads are slippery due to ice and snow, and drivers are urged to show great caution. Motorists are also asked to look out for pedestrians on roads in urban areas, as sidewalks and walking paths have not been plowed.

Check road conditions at the website of the IRCA.

A spokesman for the City of Reykjavík told the local news site Vísir that it would probably take a few days to plow all residential streets as well as cycling-and walking paths. This work can take time, as snow plows have trouble operating in narrow residential streets. A snow plow got stuck in a Reykjavík suburb and had to be dug out. Local residents took the following video of the event.

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