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Old November 28th, 2014, 08:18 AM   #301
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So metro Reykjavik has almost exactly the same population as my town. Fascinating.
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Old November 28th, 2014, 09:14 AM   #302
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And less than of the third largest town in Serbia, which is 40 km from me.

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Old December 1st, 2014, 12:54 PM   #303
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There was a winter storm in Iceland last night. Closed roads, cancelled flights, flying debris and the usual things. Then there was the strange story of the two Swiss tourists who were rescued from their car that they got stuck on the road. Not just any road, they got stuck on the Kjölur highland road which is always closed during winter. These guys tried to drive across the central highlands of Iceland on a regular rental sedan during the peak of an severe winter storm. The excuse was that nobody told them the road would be closed. It takes some extraordinary level of carelessness to achieve this.
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Old December 1st, 2014, 01:59 PM   #304
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There was a winter storm in Iceland last night. Closed roads, cancelled flights, flying debris and the usual things. Then there was the strange story of the two Swiss tourists who were rescued from their car that they got stuck on the road. Not just any road, they got stuck on the Kjölur highland road which is always closed during winter. These guys tried to drive across the central highlands of Iceland on a regular rental sedan during the peak of an severe winter storm. The excuse was that nobody told them the road would be closed. It takes some extraordinary level of carelessness to achieve this.
I think those idiots should pay for their own rescue, like those who attempt to drive through a flooded underpass or to hike a mountain with plain unfavourable weather conditions. Rescuers often risk their own lives to save careless adventurers and lost time that could be used to rescue people who are in dangerous situations without have looked for them.
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Old December 1st, 2014, 03:00 PM   #305
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I think those idiots should pay for their own rescue, like those who attempt to drive through a flooded underpass or to hike a mountain with plain unfavourable weather conditions. Rescuers often risk their own lives to save careless adventurers and lost time that could be used to rescue people who are in dangerous situations without have looked for them.
There is an ongoing debate about that in Iceland. Search and rescue in Iceland is usually handled by volunteer rescue squads. They have so far not sought to be paid for S&R operations but the increased workload that follows international tourism in Iceland might change that. Especially when people have been very reckless in their travel. These guys will at least have to pay the car rental company for the retrieval of the vehicle, which might be a rather expensive operation depending on where and how the car got stuck.
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Old December 2nd, 2014, 12:16 PM   #306
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Then there was the strange story of the two Swiss tourists who were rescued from their car that they got stuck on the road. Not just any road, they got stuck on the Kjölur highland road which is always closed during winter. .


The stranded Renault Megane rental car. Those tourists wanted to drive from Reykjavik to Akureyri. They probably set their GPS to their destination,
the gps told them to take the shortest route, so they ended up in the Icelandic Outback.

We have heard it before, motorists who end up in the strangest places and then blame their gps.
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Old December 2nd, 2014, 05:10 PM   #307
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The stranded Renault Megane rental car. Those tourists wanted to drive from Reykjavik to Akureyri. They probably set their GPS to their destination,
the gps told them to take the shortest route, so they ended up in the Icelandic Outback.

We have heard it before, motorists who end up in the strangest places and then blame their gps.
I'm sure it is becoming more of an problem that drivers just turn off their common sense and mindlessly follow the GPS. You need to ignore a lot of visual cues to get to the middle of the highlands on the Kjölur road during a winter storm, beginning with the big sticker placed inside every non-4x4 rental car that explicitly forbids year-round driving the vehicle on that particular road.
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Old December 2nd, 2014, 05:32 PM   #308
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Ignorant and stupid people have always been around, the internet just makes it a lot easier to spread such stories.

Just recently we had this discussion in the Netherlands where the gate barriers at the Coen Tunnel reversible lane in Amsterdam have been repeatedly hit by drivers. To hit it, you must ignore all signage and at least three gantries with big red crosses on them, plus warning lights on the gate itself. You'd think nobody would be stupid enough to miss all that. But it happens.
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Ignorant and stupid people have always been around, the internet just makes it a lot easier to spread such stories.

Just recently we had this discussion in the Netherlands where the gate barriers at the Coen Tunnel reversible lane in Amsterdam has been repeatedly hit by drivers. To hit it, you must ignore all signage and at least three gantries with big red crosses on them, plus warning lights on the gate itself. But it happens.
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Old December 11th, 2014, 12:23 PM   #310
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Icelandic roads seemingly have yellow road posts


Sušurlandsvegur Ringroad 1 Reykjavik-Selfoss
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Old December 12th, 2014, 03:02 AM   #311
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Which makes sense, because they stand out more from snow and ice.
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Old December 13th, 2014, 01:50 AM   #312
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Which makes sense, because they stand out more from snow and ice.
Then there are special "snow posts" by roads where heavy snowfall is expected. Those are also yellow but taller than the regular ones and shaped a hollow tubes rather than flat shape of the regular posts. Those can be seen on this picture:

This is from the mountain pass Öxnadalsheiši in northern Iceland.
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Old December 13th, 2014, 02:37 AM   #313
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We have them in Serbia too.
But ours are red.
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Old January 6th, 2015, 10:44 AM   #314
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Increased roadfunding for icelandic roads 2015 !

The funding of roads has been increased in the budget this year, because last year the planned increased amounts were only about half of the 3 billion ISK (19.474.632EUR) that were expected to be assigned by the Icelandic ministry of Transport.


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Old January 6th, 2015, 11:14 AM   #315
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Ignorant and stupid people have always been around, the internet just makes it a lot easier to spread such stories.

Just recently we had this discussion in the Netherlands where the gate barriers at the Coen Tunnel reversible lane in Amsterdam has been repeatedly hit by drivers. To hit it, you must ignore all signage and at least three gantries with big red crosses on them, plus warning lights on the gate itself. But it happens.
Indeed. Many years ago, my sister rear-ended a lorry. Her excuse: "I didn't see it."
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Old January 12th, 2015, 01:10 AM   #318
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They would have probably closed the carriageway to do that here, or at least put out cones and a put up a temporary speed camera every ten yards.
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Old January 12th, 2015, 03:01 AM   #319
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Lately, when I look at the country code in the title, I think of the Islamic State, not Iceland.
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Old January 12th, 2015, 10:32 AM   #320
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So, the most and the least peaceful areas in the world have the same country code?
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