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.