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Road Tunnel Closed This Weekend

Travelers are being advised that Iceland’s busiest road tunnel will be closed to traffic this weekend.

Hvalfjarðargöng is one of the world’s longest underwater road tunnels and allows people driving Route 1 to the north of Reykjavík to traverse Hvalfjörður fjord in about seven minutes, instead of the hour it takes to drive around the fjord.

The tunnel will, however, be closed for resurfacing work from 20.00 this evening untuil 06.00 on Monday morning (May 18), Vísir reports.

Spölur, the company that built and runs the tunnel, explained in a statement that the southbound carriageway was resurfaced in October and the northbound works were due for this April, but the project was postponed from one weekend to the next several times over due to poor weather forecasts.

While the closure of the tunnel makes the ring road at least 40 minutes longer to drive, the trip around Hvalfjörður is a beautiful diversion which some travelers choose to take anyway.

The tunnel opened in 1998 and has proven more successful than ever anticipated—leading Spölur to start looking into building another adjacent tunnel; one for each direction of travel.

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