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Old June 14th, 2016, 01:28 AM   #361
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Hopefully Iceland finds oil in the Atlantic sometime, so it can build plenty of tunnels like Norway

Btw, I was wondering, is Iceland the place where in Europe where most snow accumulates, on average, at low elevation roads and cities? Or might it be Sweden?
You fail geology forever. Iceland is geologically one of the youngest countries on earth (there's more of it being made every minute!). You need geologically old places to get oil.
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Old September 14th, 2016, 02:16 PM   #362
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You fail geology forever. Iceland is geologically one of the youngest countries on earth (there's more of it being made every minute!). You need geologically old places to get oil.
Nobody expects oil in Iceland. There has however been some exploration in the "Dreki Zone" in the ocean to the northeast. It's where there is a piece of old bedrock on the ocean floor that broke off from the continents as Eurasia and North America split apart millions of years ago. There are some indications that there are hydrocarbon resources there, either liquid or gas, but there has been little interest by oil companies to take a better look. It's deep ocean in a remote location so it would be very expensive to develop and probably not worth it unless crude reaches 100 USD per barrel again.
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Old September 14th, 2016, 02:32 PM   #363
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This is what the unpaved part of route 1 in Berufjörður looks like now. The sudden transition from a paved road to this will sometimes shock inexperienced drivers.
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Old January 16th, 2017, 10:53 PM   #364
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i've found an interesting video:

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on the 2016 summer solstice, sigur rós unveiled a 24-hour ‘slow tv’ event live on iceland’s national television – and streamed live globally via youtube – set to a constantly evolving soundtrack based around elements of their latest song óveður. ‘route one’ is a 1332km journey the whole way round iceland’s coastal ring road






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Old April 12th, 2017, 03:13 PM   #365
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Nordfjordur tunnel

Nordfjordur tunnel, with almost 8 km the longest tunnel in Iceland should be opened to traffic this summer.

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Old April 12th, 2017, 10:24 PM   #366
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This is what the unpaved part of route 1 in Berufjörður looks like now. The sudden transition from a paved road to this will sometimes shock inexperienced drivers.
Wow, that's really bad. Not something I would expect from an important road in a rich European country.
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Old April 12th, 2017, 10:57 PM   #367
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18 people died in traffic accidents in 2016

According to an accident report of the Icelandic Transport Authority 18 people have died in traffic accidents in 2016

This many people havent died on the roads in Iceland since 2006 when 31 people died in traffic. Most accidents occurred in Reykjavik.


In the past 2 years there has been a definite turnaround to a positive development in terms of reduction of road accidents in the years ahead.

Over the past ten years (2007-2016) 126 people died in traffic in Iceland. In the 10 years before (1997-2006) 244 died.

Seriously injured increased from 178 to 215 per year and have not been higher since 1999. This is an increase of 21% for each year.

Compared to the other Nordic countries, Iceland has the highest per capita deaths in traffic.

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Old April 13th, 2017, 12:13 AM   #368
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It´s a bit surprising, as Iceland is the most sparsely populated among Nordic countries. Maybe safety measures in Reykjavik are not up to other capitals in the region.
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Old April 13th, 2017, 11:54 AM   #369
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Or some people drive like idiots because they expect no-one else on the road.
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Old April 15th, 2017, 04:19 PM   #370
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Yeah, but also the statistics does not differ between locals and tourists and tourists might be quite a few there. So this course of Iceland Academy might maybe assist.

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Old April 17th, 2017, 10:54 PM   #371
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There are some crazy vehicles in Iceland tough, imagine being hit by a glacier-type monster truck as a pedestrian vs. being hit by an opel corsa.
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Old April 18th, 2017, 02:57 AM   #372
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Hopefully, not. More oil fields are discovered in the world, less incentive will exist to develope renewable and clean sources.
Your comment makes me want to hop in my gas guzzler and take a long ride.

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Old May 13th, 2017, 11:11 PM   #373
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New tunnel contract

In April the contract for another tunnel has been signed, the lenght is 5,6 kilometers, adjacent road sections have 7,8 km, it is called Dyrafjordur and connects the fjords Dýrafjörður and Arnarfjörður. Completition date is September 2020.

Iceland has total eleven tunnels and another three are under construction with the lenght from 5,6 to 7,9 km.



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Old September 7th, 2017, 11:32 PM   #374
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Norðfjarðargöng

Norðfjarðargöng or the North Fjord Tunnel near Eskifjördur in eastern Iceland will likely open by late October. The tunnel is 7.5 kilometers long.

http://www.austurfrett.is/gongin/nor...-i-lok-oktober

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Old September 8th, 2017, 03:29 AM   #375
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Or some people drive like idiots because they expect no-one else on the road.
Totally agree. Been in Iceland last year for 3 weeks and some people drive like pricks. Some people just asking for it
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Old October 16th, 2017, 08:45 PM   #376
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More scenic roads:


Route 50 near Hvanneyri, Iceland
by Jochen Hertweck, en Flickr


Þingvallavegur, Iceland
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Driving towards Vatnajökull Glacier, Iceland
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Old October 16th, 2017, 09:01 PM   #377
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Norðfjarðargöng or the North Fjord Tunnel near Eskifjördur in eastern Iceland will likely open by late October. The tunnel is 7.5 kilometers long.

http://www.austurfrett.is/gongin/nor...-i-lok-oktober

http://i.imgur.com/yatDh0Y.jpg
The opening of the tunnel is now planned for 11 November 2017: http://www.austurfrett.is/gongin/nor...ng-opnud-11-11
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Old November 12th, 2017, 02:43 PM   #378
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The North Fjord Tunnel (Icelandic: Norðfjarðargöng) opened to traffic yesterday. It is a 7.5 kilometer long tunnel, part of Route 92, between Eskifjörður and Neskaupstaður in Eastern Iceland. It is the second-longest tunnel in Iceland.

http://www.vegagerdin.is/upplysingar...a-laugardaginn

Also, the routing of Route 1 was changed in the same area. Route 1 originally ran from Breiðdalsvík to Egilsstaðir using an inland route via Breiðhaldsheiði. This road is often inaccessible during the winter but tourists often still try to get through there. The Route 1 designation is now running over Route 92/96 along the coast. It is 10 kilometers longer but travel time is similar.

http://www.vegagerdin.is/upplysingar...-a-austfjordum

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Old November 15th, 2017, 12:43 PM   #379
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How is it with driving a rental car in and around Reykjavik in this time of year? We are considering driving the longest route till Geysir beside road 35. Is it drivable without 4x4 (and no snow storm)?
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Winter driving ability is mostly about relevant driver skills and good tires, in that order of priority. If you are not used to drive on slippery roads you are probably better off using some tour agency and public transport and skip the rental car.

4WD helps you climbing the hill, but not getting down again. In fact, in Norway, 4WDs are overrepresented in single car accidents, most likely because it is easy to become overconfident. 4WDs tend to have higher clearance though, which might help on rough roads (I have no local knowledge regarding the road you are asking). Reykjavik itself is probably mostly unproblematic, at least the main roads, but you never know at this time of the year and side roads may be slippery even on a nice day.
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