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Keep Safe Today with the New Safetravel Map

Minister Þórdís Kolbrún introduces the new Safetravel map

As extreme weather is likely to close all roads in and out of Reykjavík at noon – with most of the proposed closures expected to last until Wednesday afternoon – What’s On recommends visiting Safetravel.is to keep abreast of the latest developments.

Safetravel, which aims to reduce the risk of travel-related accidents in Iceland, introduced a new map in late November. In a special presentation on Bankastræti, the Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir formally introduced the new map that combines what once were three maps – vedur.is, vegagerdin.is, and safetravel.is – into one.

The map displays travel conditions in real time: weather, road conditions, conditions at tourist attractions, wind gusts on roads, avalanche warnings, and more. Minister Þórdís Kolbrún has called the new map a “big step forward in ensuring the safety of travellers in Iceland.” 

The map is a collaborative project between the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Innovation of Iceland; the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR); and Sjóvá-Almennar Insurance. It allows easy access to travel-related information, which is important considering that weather conditions in Iceland are known to change quickly.