Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ring Road complete again

Today, during lunch, the bridge over Múlakvísl was open for traffic again.

Despite original 3-weeks that were anticipated for work to get complete, it basically lasted a week to get things back to normal.

For all of you who are in Iceland, as I write this, it means that travelling between Höfn and Vík is not problematic anymore.

It is recommended, though, to keep up-to-date by checking the webpage of the Icelandic Road Administration.

Here are some other useful pages for you to keep on checking:
Iceland Civil Protection
Safe travel in Iceland
Road Map of Area

Let us know about your experiences as you travel in Iceland.

wishing you all the best, yours

Monday, July 11, 2011

Shakes and floods and tourists URGENT

We´re back after the travels in Finland and Denmark, and Iceland welcomes us with its full power.

Regardless whether you´re coming to Iceland this year or planning to come in the future, the read below might help you understand the power of this island even more.

On July 9th - past Saturday, there was some significant geo activity in Mýrdalsjökull glacier in south Iceland, which covers the volcano Katla. This all resulted in flooding from two calderas in the southernmost part of the Katla crater. The glacial flood destroyed the bridge across Múlakvísl on the Ring Road, which is one of the most important roads around the island.

Today, July 11th - I´ve received an official statement from the Icelandic Tourist Board to spread amongts all of you, dear tourists and enthusiasts of Iceland. 'The flood destroyed the bridge across Múlakvísl and tore a hole in the Ring Road, Iceland’s highway no. 1, and the only route that leads past this hindrance is the highland road Fjallabaksleid nyrdri, which is only passable for 4x4 vehicles. '

So, for those who already are in Iceland, please do consider your travels in the south well, and if you have any doubts, get in touch with us and we´ll gladly assist.

When it comes to current situation in Mýrdalsjökull glacier in south Iceland, the activity has decreased significantly, according to a geographer at the Icelandic Meteorological Office. The most recent tremors that were picked up by sensors were shallow and not unusual for the area.

For those who would like to read more about what exactly happened click here

For those who would like to watch the video click here and then hit on HORFA (right top corner).

Iceland is safe, one just has to respect the power of nature here, so keep on enjoying your advneturous travels and let us hear your impressions.