The airstrip in Gjögur in Árneshreppur, a remote region in the West Fjords, will be paved this year which will improve transport to the 50-person community. Eagle Air flies to Gjögur twice a week in winter and once in summer.
The West Fjords. Photo: Geir Ólafsson/Iceland Review.
Gjögur is currently the only airport in the country with scheduled flights that has a gravel airstrip, ruv.is reports.
“It means that they can fly here in bigger and better airplanes and so transport would be more secure, I should think,” stated Oddný Þórðardóttir, who chairs Árneshreppur municipality.
However, she pointed out that what inhabitants have mainly been lobbying for are better road conditions. The region is only accessible by a narrow gravel road and often becomes snowed-in in winter.