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Record increase in traffic along Ring Road

By Staff

  • The Ring Road Despite increasing traffic the view on the Ring Road is still dominated by mountains, heaths and breathtaking panoramas, not cars. Photo taken at Víkurskarð mountain pass, view towards Eyjafjörður fjord. Photo/GVA

Traffic along the Ring Road increased by 12.7% in June, compared to the previous year. The year-over-year increase is larger than any since the Icelandic Road and Coastal Authority began systematically measuring traffic. A significant source of the increase is growing tourism.

A dramatic increase in traffic in Reykjavík also suggests locals are driving more as economic conditions continue to improve: June traffic in the capital increased by 14.1% compared to 2016. June 2016 showed only a 4.9% increase over 2015. Traffic figures exhibited a dramatic drop following the 2008 financial meltdown.

Traffic figures suggest foreign travellers take shorter trips
The figures point to a change in the travel habits of foreign visitors. The largest increase was in South Iceland, where traffic increased by 15%, while the smallest growth occurred in North Iceland where traffic only increased 7%. This is a significant drop compared to June 2016, when traffic increased 16.3% compared to 2015.

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The increase in traffic in East Iceland also shows a dramatic decrease compared to last year. The year over year increase in E. Iceland in June 2016 was 27.5%, but was only 8.7% in June 2017.

These figures reflect the fact that foreign travellers increasingly take only shorter day trips from Reykjavík. As a results the Eastfjords, North Iceland and the Westfjords. 

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