Highland Roads Opening Earlier than Usual

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Iceland Magazine Article: Highland roads to open early due to unseasonably little snow


Some highland roads may open as early as this week, after a winter that saw unusually little snow.

That’s a full month earlier than in recent years.

According to National Broadcasting Service RÚV, there is very little snow left in the highlands.

The early opening brings its own challenges, though.

A Chief Foreman for Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration told RÚV that conditions in the highlands this year are highly unusual.

The highland roads have usually been opened around the 20th of June.



Longer Summer means More Maintenance

Opening a month earlier will require more maintenance work.

The Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (ICESAR) has operated a highlands watch, to assist travellers after highland roads have opened in recent years.

The unseasonable conditions this year have caught authorities by surprise.

It’s unclear if ICESAR and Highland Rangers will be ready for the early start to the travel season in the highlands.

Amongst roads now being prepared for opening, is the gravel road to Dettifoss, northeast Iceland.


Information on highland roads is available on the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration’s website.

Below shows image of todays Iceland Roads Conditions.



Please note: Highland roads are only meant for vehicles equipped with 4×4.


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