The ring road is warming up

The ring road, Þjóðvegur 1, which runs around Iceland is 1321 km long. Halfway along the ring road you can find Egilsstaðir in the east, today, for the first time this year in Iceland, a temperature that reached over twenty degrees (69°F) was measured there. Unfortunately, Icelandic Times / Land & Saga was not there today. The weather forecast says that it will continue to be warm in the north and east, from Akureyri to Höfn in Hornafjörður next week. Five days ago, everything was impassable due to snowfall on Fjarðarheiði, between Egilsstadir and Seyðisfjörður. Cars got stuck and flew off the road, real winter weather. In Reykjavík and in the south and west of the country, the next few days will be… wind and rain.

On the ring road, 35 km / 22 mi east of Reykjavík, the road on the slope by the Ski lodge in Hveradalir is heating up significantly. The roadside is 100°C / 212°F hot on a short stretch of the road. The ring road itself has also become warmer, there are some changes happening under the road. But the Road Administration emphasizes that there is no danger to travel, they keep a close watch, as thousands of vehicles pass there every 24 hours. Iceland is a hot country, like the ring road is now, at a very short distance from the capital.

Hveradalsbrekka, you can see the steam on the right side of the road

The ski lodge in Hveradalir, standing very close to where the road is heating up

Travellers have no idea that the side of the road is a 100° C hot. In the forefront you can see Svínahraun wich came from an eruption in the year 1000

 The situation on Fjarðarheiði close to Egilsstaðir 5 days ago (Photocredit: Landsbjörg)

Photographs & text: Páll Stefánsson

Reykjavík 19/05/2023 : A7R IV, RX1R II : FE 2.8/100 mm GM, 2.0/35mm Z