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Old November 11th, 2007, 04:19 PM   #41
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­ (capital đ) is pronounced th as in "the", is pronounced like th in "thanks".
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Old November 12th, 2007, 11:47 PM   #42
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Please add some arguments why the roads look bad, and why you think they are in a bad condition.

This just looks offensive, as usual.
But you have to agree that there are no shining fences to be seen
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Icelandic is pretty different from the other North Germanic languages. It's basically Old Norse continued in isolation, while the other languages have had a lot of influence from other continental languages.

­ (capital đ) is pronounced th as in "the", ■ is pronounced like th in "thanks".
Actually, for some reason I think linguists still insist to put Norwegian with Icelandic and Faeroic (spelling) in the West-Nordic language group, whereas Danish and Swedish is in the East Nordic group. This classification can hardly be relevant except for some obscure Norwegian west-coast dialects, however. For us deadly people, however, you are right. Norwegian, Danish and Swedish are similar, Icelandic we can only guess. One complicating factor is that Iceland invents a new words in traditional style for new concepts. For instance, "Simi" is telephone, whereas, "Tulva" (spelling?) is computer.
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Old November 13th, 2007, 10:49 AM   #43
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Ruv is their national tv.. starts about 16.00 in the afternoon in weekdays and from 08.00 in weekends. News studio looks like older NRK Dagsrevyen studio atm. Nice intro of their FrŔttir which is news in Icelandic. Their language is beautiful.

Iceland is all good,.. but there is to many cars there! Iceland should have some sort of light-rail. A rail line circling the island etc. Would be a nice tourist attraction to get people onto a train going in circle
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Old November 13th, 2007, 11:39 AM   #44
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Old May 24th, 2008, 11:58 AM   #45
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Old May 24th, 2008, 12:07 PM   #46
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Lovely pics, great scenery!
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Old May 24th, 2008, 12:11 PM   #47
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many high performance cars i see stuck in london traffic jams would be better off in the open roads of Iceland where their powerful enjines could be unleashed.
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Old May 24th, 2008, 03:11 PM   #48
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I just took a peak at the Icelandic road authorities' web page, and they have a sensible perception of what standards should be built to. Here's what they have to say: http://www.vegagerdin.is/vegakerfid/vegtegundir/

Another comment: The "Vik" in some of the pictures, to which the posted distances is some 150-200 kms is a town of 500 people - actually, they start signing for it about 500 kms out... Quite rural.
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Old May 24th, 2008, 04:54 PM   #49
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I just took a peak at the Icelandic road authorities' web page, and they have a sensible perception of what standards should be built to. Here's what they have to say: http://www.vegagerdin.is/vegakerfid/vegtegundir/
Now, those are some nice standards. 7,5m wide between the side markings for >100 vehicles a day. We've got AADT up to 20.000 on roads of that size.
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Old May 27th, 2008, 03:50 PM   #50
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The roads look very bad.
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ecause just lok at the pics you┤ve posted, the roads don┤t even have left and right orderlines but silly strokes, any twolamed road except a few verv very old ones in bulgaria have that, these are basic things a road should have, the roads there look really dangerous, they are indeet rural ut that doesn┤t mean the road should look like rural also, the raods should look save.
radi YOU'RE AN IDOT!

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In BULGARIA (!) everything is painted in gold,,, everyone knows that
radi isn't BULGARIA. He might be an idiot, but if you go around and insult a whole nation, you are the one at risk of looking like an idot too.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 04:25 PM   #51
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Your last statement is very right! I have nothing negative to say about Bulgaria at all, not even about Radi Just ment to get things a bit into perspective for him, you know, he do have a tendensy to be a bit rough in his way of speach. I have no intension of getting down to that level, I do not want to insult Bulgaria!!! It looks like a nice place aswell.
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Old July 4th, 2008, 08:48 PM   #52
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This road will have 2 lanes in each direction after construction =)
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Old October 28th, 2008, 06:49 PM   #53
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Einbreid Bru. Even without the image it's well understandable. Does the icelandic language look a bit like scandinavic languages like norwegian or danish?
yes Bru in danish is Bro
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Old October 28th, 2008, 07:05 PM   #54
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In dutch it's "brug", looks quite the same as well.
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Old August 27th, 2009, 12:39 PM   #55
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Does Iceland have at least a few kilometers the road that could be classified as a highway?
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Old August 27th, 2009, 01:04 PM   #56
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You mean motorway. There are 4-6 lane roads of good standard trough Reykjavik suburbs, and out to the airport a 4 lane motorway.
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 03:37 AM   #57
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This road will have 2 lanes in each direction after construction =)
Not the whole way. Recently it was decided to initially build a part of it as a 2+1 road with a median wire barrier that could be expanded later to a near-freeway standard 2+2 road. This is meant to cut costs. Quite stupid if you ask me since the state will end up spending more money in the long run by first building the 2+1 road and expanding than if it just went for the 2+2 plan from the beginning.

The road from ReykjavÝk to the international airport (ca. 40 kilometers) has almost been completely upgraded to a grade separated road with two lanes in each direction. It is the only thing I would refer to as a freeway in Iceland (not counting the urban arteries in ReykjavÝk).

The third road to be upgraded to freeway standards is the one going north from ReykjavÝk. That involves the largest highway construction project in the history of the country which is called Sundabraut. It is meant to bridge and/or tunnel beneath a few ocean sounds and thereby creating a new and shorter approach to the capital from the north. A four lane freeway would then continue at least to the sub-sea tunnel under Hvalfj÷r­ur and perhaps all the way to the town of Borgarnes.
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 11:50 AM   #58
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Very nice photos from those roads in Iceland; there is a plan to built a motorway (2x2 lanes for examble) in the country?
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Old September 24th, 2009, 03:21 AM   #59
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Iceland does not yet have motorways/freeways as a special legal distinction. The only current road that comes close to deserving such a label is Reykjanesbraut (road nr. 41) between the southern fringe of the ReykjavÝk metropolis and the international airport at KeflavÝk. See photo:

This road is about 40 kilometers long, has two lanes in each direction separated by a wide median strip (but no physical barrier) and is completely grade separated. In order to qualify as a motorway I believe it also needs a physical barrier in the median strip (it's quite easy to cross over to the opposite side) and barriers shielding the lamposts. But like I said, this road is not considered any different to two lane roads in the eyes of the law. The speed limit there is still the general blanket limit of 90 km/h and there are no restrictions on the type of vehicles that can use it.

Future possible motorways (or "near motorway-quality roads") are the corridors to the east and north from ReykjavÝk. I have drawn them on this map:

A: This is Reykjanesbraut, the complete near motorway road that is pictured above.
B: This is Su­urlandsvegur, part of the ring road that goes all the way around the island and carries the number 1. The stretch between ReykjavÝk and the town of Selfoss is heavily trafficked (perhaps it wouldn't be considered so in any other country ) and will be upgraded to mostly 4 lanes in the coming years except for a part that will initially only be constructed as a 2+1 road with a physical barrier between traffic directions in order to save money. It's a stupid and wasteful decision in the long run because it will cost much more to firt build a 2+1 road and then later upgrade it than to just build the four lanes from the beginning. Also to save money, most intersections on this road will be at-grade to begin with. That probably makes sense money-wise but is utterly irresponsible for safety reasons. One can be sure that tragedies will occur at these intersections. The really sad thing is that these money saving measures actually cut the cost of the project by a smaller amount than the one that is being spent on the mother of all pork projects: a two-tunnel link connecting a town with 1200 people to a town with 800 people in northern Iceland... It's quite sickening.
C: This is Vesturlandsvegur, also part of the ring road.
C1: The purple section marks the location of Sundabraut, a new connection to the ReykjavÝk area from the north. The current connection can be seen on the map as a thinner black line. Sundabraut has been discussed for decades but finally there seems to be a consensus between the state and the ReykjavÝk city administration about the route of the new road. The most expensive soution involving a tunnel section in ReykjavÝk seems to be the most likely. Now there is only the minor issue of finding the money needed for this...
C2: This short section of road might be upgraded to 4 lanes and complete grade separation in the near future, it will probably be ready long before Sundabraut because it's a relatively straight forward and cheap project.
C3: The blue section marks the 5,7 kilometer long sub-sea Hvalfj÷r­ur tunnel. The tunnel is unique for infrastructure in Iceland because it was privately financed and built by a private consortium. It is also the only piece of road in Iceland that is tolled. The operators of the tunnel had planned to recover the initial costs in 20 year but at that point the tunnel would be handed over to the government and the tolls abolished. It turned out that the traffic projections were way off, it is actually used far more than was expected and paying for the inital construction cost will probably be achieved a few years earlier than originally planned. Now a second tunnel is being planned along the first one to expand capacity to four lanes. It is as of yet unclear if this will be a public project or a private one like the first tunnel and financed by tolls.
C4: The dotted sections mark the two possible routes that a motorway to the north could take. The eastern one is the current route of the ring road. The western option is being considered because it is slightly shorter and swings by the town of Akranes. The western option however touches the edges of an enviromentally sensitive area so that could be a problem.

I shall end my lengthy post now. Enjoy.
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Thanks for this great info!
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