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Öxnadalsheiði heath in North Iceland has been re-opened

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  • Road conditions in N. Iceland Öxnadalsheiði heath has been re-opened, but travellers are cautioned that conditions are difficult. Photo/IRCA

The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration has re-opened the Ring Road on Öxnadalsheiði heath in North Iceland. Motorists are asked to show caution, however, as driving conditions on the heath are still difficult due to blowing snow and strong winds. Visibility is reduced.

Closed earlier today due to zero visibility, storm

Öxnadalsheiði
Öxnadalsheiði heath The ring road between Skagafjörður and Eyjafjörður fjords was closed earlier today. Photo/loftmyndir.is

Earlier today the IRCA closed the heath due to extremely difficult conditions. Several cars had gotten stuck on the road, and had to be assisted by Search and Rescue teams. The IRCA decided to close the road entirely to avoid accidents.

Despite the road being open motorists are still asked to show caution. The IRCA reports that the windspeed reaches 21 m/s (47 mph) on the heath, and is expected to pick up tonight.

A statement from the IRCA reminds travellers that conditions on mountain roads and on heaths can be very different from those at lower altitudes and closer to the coast.

 

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