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Old April 8th, 2014, 10:28 AM   #221
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For sake of selling it - why not? But better not for using it. They don't need more pollution, especially Reykjavik. With cheap electricity they will be the first country to convert to electric vehicles only. At least that's the plan...
It's a good plan, but the Falkland Islands (not yet a fully independent country) might be first.
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Old April 8th, 2014, 12:42 PM   #222
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How will they do that? I tought Icelanders love to drive monstertruck on Vatnajökull and such - the geography and remoteness doesn't really favour EVs, no?
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Old April 8th, 2014, 01:27 PM   #223
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How will they do that? ... the geography and remoteness doesn't really favour EVs, no?
I suspect most drivers very rarely if ever leave the populated southwest area.

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Old April 11th, 2014, 02:30 PM   #224
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Yeah, few people commute to work on those heavily modded SUVs. EV range isn't a practical problem for most people. I guess some might feel a loss of "freedom" if they can't drive their vehicle to the other side of the country in a single charge, even if few people ever do this.
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Old April 13th, 2014, 09:26 AM   #225
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On a map, Oxnadalsheidhi pass is not the only way to drive that route. Is the coast route not passable?

I always forget that Iceland has a "second" town, Akureyri, beyond the Reykjavik/Keflavik "metropolis". That it's tenuously connected to the rest of the island is interesting. It must be incredibly isolating to live there. Yet it looks like a very nice town.
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Old April 13th, 2014, 01:59 PM   #226
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Akureyri to Reykjavik is (according to Google) 376 kilometers. Tesla models have, conservatively, about 400 to 500 kilometer range on a single charge.
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Old May 11th, 2014, 03:03 PM   #227
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On a map, Oxnadalsheidhi pass is not the only way to drive that route. Is the coast route not passable?

I always forget that Iceland has a "second" town, Akureyri, beyond the Reykjavik/Keflavik "metropolis". That it's tenuously connected to the rest of the island is interesting. It must be incredibly isolating to live there. Yet it looks like a very nice town.
You can use the coastal route as well. It's only been three or four years since it opened when the tunnels between Siglufjörður and Ólafsfjörður were finished. It isn't useful as a back-up to Öxnadalsheiði though because any severe winter storm that closes the road over Öxnadalsheiði will also close the coastal route. The coastal road clings to steep mountainsides that are prone to avalanches when it snows.
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Old October 4th, 2014, 11:23 AM   #228
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A Busy Reykjavik street. They seem to have very effective closely spaced street lighting here, maybe because its very dark here at night.

The no turn left sign has the same design as in Sweden.




Outside Reykjavik on the icelandic countryside, driving is demanding, usually a 4 wheel drive jeep is required.
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Old October 4th, 2014, 01:02 PM   #229
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Is this on a road between Reykjavik and one of the other Icelandic "major" towns?
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Old October 4th, 2014, 03:50 PM   #230
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I though that you could drive around the entire island with a regular passenger car, and SUVs are necessary only to explore the unhabitated intrior.
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Old October 4th, 2014, 09:14 PM   #231
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I though that you could drive around the entire island with a regular passenger car, and SUVs are necessary only to explore the unhabitated intrior.
As I know u can drive with regular passanger car around the whole island and SUVs (with modiefed big tires) is needed only to explore "unhabitated" intrior*.

*The fact is that Iceland is very unhabitated everywhere except around Reykjavik, so word unhabitated is not so convenient for this country
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Old October 4th, 2014, 09:21 PM   #232
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I though that you could drive around the entire island with a regular passenger car, and SUVs are necessary only to explore the unhabitated intrior.
The ring road is reportedly driveable with a passenger car, but some parts are gravel, so you want a larger car for comfort.
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Old October 4th, 2014, 11:09 PM   #233
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I though that you could drive around the entire island with a regular passenger car, and SUVs are necessary only to explore the unhabitated intrior.
That is correct. Iceland has some 5000 km paved roads in excellent condition. No need for a 4x4 on major gravel roads as well.

More details can be found on http://www.vegagerdin.is/vegakerfid/slitlog/

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Old October 5th, 2014, 10:42 AM   #234
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It is, however, highly recommended to drive a 4x4 car, because you never know what surprises you may find in Iceland.
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Old October 5th, 2014, 01:28 PM   #235
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It is, however, highly recommended to drive a 4x4 car, because you never know what surprises you may find in Iceland.
Iceland’s interior routes, plus some shorter gravel tracks off the Ringroad, can be really rough, even if not requiring four-wheel-drive. Four-wheel-drive-only roads – on which you may encounter stretches of sand, boulders, ice or river crossings – are designated with an “F” on road maps (for instance, the Sprengisandur route is F26), and it’s illegal to drive conventional vehicles along them.





If you stick to the Reykjavik area, I think an ordinary car will do.
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Old October 5th, 2014, 01:48 PM   #236
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Hopefully they find oil in Iceland so they can build tunnels like the Norwegians, all around
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Old October 5th, 2014, 03:35 PM   #237
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Hopefully they find oil in Iceland so they can build tunnels like the Norwegians, all around
I don't suspect that the AADT outside the Reykjavik area justifies boring many tunnels.
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Norway has many tunnels that carry less than 1,000 vehicles per day.

I don't know where tunnels in Iceland may be needed though. Many tunnels in Norway are built as a protection from avalanches.

Iceland has a long undersea tunnel, the 5.770 meter long Hvalfjörður Tunnel which opened in 1998.

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Old October 5th, 2014, 06:13 PM   #239
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Which is here: https://maps.google.ch/maps?q=Reykja...,+Islanda&z=12

Another couple of long tunnels: https://maps.google.ch/maps?q=Reykja...,+Islanda&z=15

Finally, there is this Y-shaped tunnel: https://maps.google.ch/maps?q=Reykja...,+Islanda&z=15
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Old October 5th, 2014, 07:13 PM   #240
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I don't know where tunnels in Iceland may be needed though. Many tunnels in Norway are built as a protection from avalanches.
Northern Iceland, perhaps? The area around Akureyri is quite mountainous and snow is a big problem during winter.
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