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Record traffic increase on ring-road in November, twice as much on Snæfellsnes peninsula

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  • Snæfellsjökull glacier More travellers are taking the extra day to visit the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula. Photo/Pjetur

The ring-road saw a record traffic increase in November: An 11% growth over the same month the year before. However, traffic in several regions outside the ring-road grew as much as twice as much, according to data released by the Icelandic Road and Coastal Authority.

The IRCA reports that traffic in November on the ring-road was 11% greater than in November in 2015. This is the largest year-over-year increase in November since 2007. The growth in traffic during the first eleven months of 2016 has been 13%, compared to the first eleven months of the year before, which is also significantly greater than during the same period in 2015. The first 11 months of 2015 saw a 5.6% increase compared to the year before.

Read more: West Iceland the second most interesting region in the world to visit in 2016 according to Lonely Planet

The increase in traffic in the Eastfjords, the Westfjords and on Snæfellsnes peninsula was far above the country average, the IRCA reports. Traffic in the Eastfjords during the first 11 months grew by 18%, by 20% in the Westfjords and 27% on Snæfellsnes peninsula.

This growth is evidence of the fact that more visitors are choosing to venture off the ring-road, and visit less visited areas, as people are discovering that these less visited areas offer fantastic landscapes and beauty. West Iceland, was for example, named world‘s second most interesting region to visit in 2016 by Lonely planet, and the Telegraph named East Iceland one of the “must visit” destinations in 2016.

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