Hotels Provide Shelter for Tourists Stranded in Winter Weather

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More than 30 tourists sought shelter in the Dyrhólaey Hotel on the evening of December 25 when their bus, whose driver had ignored road closures, became stranded in the snow.

The bus in question was operated by the company Hopbílar.

Storms across South and Southeast Iceland interrupted many holiday plans, keeping rescue teams busy for the night. No aid station was opened, with travelers instead seeking last-minute shelter at several hotels across the South Coast.

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Hotel Midgard in Hvolsvöllur is also reported as having opened its doors to more than 70 stranded tourists. Hvolsvöllur, a small town in South Iceland, is often passed through on the way to other South Coast destinations, and serves as a transit hub for the region.

Björg Árnadóttir, manager at the Midgard Hotel, stated to RÚV that not all could be accommodated, with some needing to sleep on mattresses in the hotel lobby.

As of December 26, conditions have begun to clear, with most travelers continuing on their way.

As of the time of writing, Route 1 is open from between the Markarfljót river and Vík on the South Coast.

Especially during the winter, travelers should consult road closures and the latest information on weather warnings at https://safetravel.is/.

 

 

 

Foreign Fisherman Electrocuted by Eystri-Rangá River

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South Iceland’s police report that yeterday, September 6, a foreign fisherman was electrocuted while fishing in the Eystri-Rangá river. The fisherman was taken to Hvolsvöllur for medical care, and has since been transferred to Reykjavík.

The man, reported to be in his 60’s, survived the incident with severe burns, but further details regarding his condition are not known at this time.

The original police report can be seen below in a public Facebook post from the South Iceland police.

The cause of the incident is attributed to longer-than average fishing gear, which is said to have hit a power line.

The fisherman is said to be experienced, but was using a style of telescoping pole that can reach 8-10m in length. This style of rod is uncommon in Iceland, but relatively popular in Spain. As of this time, the origin of the fisherman is unclear.

Such incidents are nearly-unheard of in Iceland. Nevertheless. RÚV reports that the power lines in questions may be buried next year to avoid such an incident.

Road Between Vík and Hvolsvöllur Closed Due to Storm

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The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration have closed the road between Hvolsvöllur and Vík due to a storm. The road will be closed until weather conditions allow a re-opening. It’s also planned to close the roads in Skeiðarársandur and Öræfasveit district at 20:00 tonight.

An orange warning has been put in place in South Iceland. Winds speeds are expected to rise up to violent storm level, that is up to 28-30 m/s, between 15:00 and 16:00 east of Hvolsvöllur and Seljalandsfoss. Similar wind speeds will be reached farther East by 18:00 on the main road between Lómagnúpur and Jökulsárlón. The warning is valid until tomorrow morning.

The most severe wind in the country was measured at 32,6 metres per second in Stórhöfði, Vestmannaeyjar. That wind speed is considered a violent storm, and right below hurricane level winds, according to the Beaufort scale which measures wind speed.
An orange weather alert is in force in South Iceland, South-East Iceland as well as the Highlands. A yellow weather warning alert has been released for North-East Iceland, as well as parts of East Iceland. The alerts will last until tomorrow morning. For further information about the weather alerts – head to https://en.vedur.is/alerts
For further information contact the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration at http://www.road.is or call 1777.