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Second Biggest Travel Weekend of the Year Ahead

Tens of thousands of people are expected to drive out of the capital region today. The first weekend in July is the second-most popular weekend for traveling in Iceland (the busiest weekend being the first weekend of August) and on top of that high temperatures and sunshine are forecast for most parts of the country.

Between 12,000 and 15,000 people are expected to drive to the Landsmót Horse Festival in Hella, south Iceland, and there are many other events taking place around Iceland, Morgunbladid reports.

Temperatures are expected to rise up to 23°C in northeast Iceland on Saturday and up to 19°C in southwest Iceland. Minor rain showers may hit the southern part of the country, but mostly the weather will be bright and sunny.

During the first weekend of July last year, about 50,000 cars passed through Vesturlandsvegur highway, north of Reykjavík, and 10,000 vehicles drove over Hellisheidi heath on Sudurlandsvegur highway, east of Reykjavík.

Last year traffic jams were common during weekends in mid-summer, but now increased policing, including supervision from the air, is supposed to help traffic flow more smoothly out of and into the capital region.

According to information from the Public Roads Administration, there is no construction work on the Ring Road, the main highway circling Iceland, that might slow down traffic.

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