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Sprengisandur Highland Route Opens

The road across Sprengisandur, part of Iceland’s central region, opened on Wednesday morning. It is still cold in the highlands and has a considerable amount of snow and so river levels could increase quickly with rising temperatures. There are many unbridged rivers on the route.


From Sprengisandur. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Travelers are asked to be informed of weather and road conditions before they embark on highland journeys, especially those driving smaller SUVs, mbl.is reports. The highland is only accessible to those driving 4×4 vehicles.

Sigurlaug Jónsdóttir, cabin guard in Nýidalur valley, which lies on the Sprengisandur route, said a few cars arrived from the north and south on Wednesday morning and that the first tourist bus has crossed the highland plains.

For further information, go to vedur.is, vegagerdin.is, safetravel.is and contact the cabin guards in Nýidalur, Tel: (+354) 860-3334. The road hotline is (+354) 1777 and the emergency hotline (+354) 112.

Click here to read more about highland roads.


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