There was so much traffic in southwest Iceland yesterday that cars stood in line from Reykjavík to Grundartangi, a spit of land by Hvalfjördur fjord, for nearly three hours. For security reasons, cars were let through the tunnels underneath the fjord in groups.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” tunnel guard Eythór Fridriksson told Fréttabladid.
“This is very strange,” Fridriksson said. “This is the first time this summer that we had to do it and we only had to do it once last year as I can recall.” The measures were taken at 6 pm yesterday and the tunnels were not fully opened until after 9 pm.
According to Fridriksson, the traffic jam was partly caused by cars with camping trailers. “The line gets longer when every other car has a trailer,” he said.
There was also heavy traffic on Sudurlandsvegur highway, from Reykjavík to Selfoss in south Iceland. According to police, no major accidents were reported.