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Öxnadalsheiði heath in North Iceland closed due to storm, all domestic flights canceled

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  • Conditions on Öxnadalsheiði at noon The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration has closed the heath due to high wind, blowing snow and dangerous driving conditions. Photo/IRCA

The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration has closed the Ring Road on Öxnadalsheiði heath in North Iceland. Driving conditions on the heath are extremely difficult due to strong winds and blowing snow. Visibility is nearly zero. All domestic flights have also been canceled.

Some travellers refuse to respect the closing



Öxnadalsheiði heath The ring road between Skagafjörður and Eyjafjörður fjords is closed. Photo/

Several cars have become stuck on the heath, requiring assistance from Search and Rescue teams. The IRCA therefore urges travellers to respect the closing. 

Read more: Travellers don't understand that signs reading "impassable" mean road is, in fact, impassable

A spokesman for IRCA told the local news site Vísir that it was unclear when the heath could be re-opened to traffic, but pointed out that travellers who desperately need to get to or from Akureyri town can take the longer route around the Tröllaskagi peninsula, through Siglufjörður town in the north.

Travellers are warned, however, that the storm can make driving along steep mountainsides dangerous, as individual gusts can easily reach hurricane force, causing drivers to lose control of their vehicles. 

öxnadalsheiði impassable 24.3.17

Road conditions in North Iceland The Ring Road on Öxnadalsheiði heath is impassable Photo/IRCA


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