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Foreign travellers destroy rental car, others get stuck in snow on closed mountain roads

By Staff

  • Not going anywhere A group of foreign travellers lost control of their rental car on the ring road over Holtavörðuheiði heath in West Iceland. Nobody was hurt, but the car was destroyed. Photo/Police in West Iceland.

Despite the warm weather travellers need to be careful when driving mountain roads or crossing heaths along the ring-road. Police in West Iceland reports that last week a group of foreign travellers lost control of their car on a patch of ice and snow while driving Holtavörðuheiði heath which connects West and North Iceland. The car landed flew off the road and rolled over. The group of travellers escaped without any significant inuries, but the car was pronounced dead at the scene and towed off. 

Read more: Unusually warm weather next few days: 13°C (55°F) at three in the morning in S. Iceland

The Icelandic Road and Coastal Authority warns motorists that although roads in West and South Iceland are clear of snow or ice, the ring-road in the Westfjords as well as in North and East Iceland has patches of ice and even long very stretches which are slick due to ice and snow.

Venturing onto closed mountain roads in small compact cars
Travellers are also reminded not to venture onto closed mountain roads. Police In West Iceland reports that it has had to come to the assistance of several groups of foreign travellers who have gotten their cars stuck on closed mountain roads. Police came to the assistance of people who had gotten stuck attempting to cross closed mountain roads on Snæfellsnes on small compact cars. The travellers claimed they had not noticed the road was closed to traffic,

Travellers should check weather conditions at the website of the Icelandic Meteorological Office before heading out, and look up road conditions at the website of the Icelandic Road and Coastal Authority.

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