Iceland’s Ring Road Turns 40

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Iceland’s Ring Road Turns 40

By Zoë Robert
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Ring Road 1. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Today marks 40 years since the opening of the road over Skeiðarársandur, completing Ring Road 1 around Iceland, ruv.is reports.

In 1971, the Icelandic parliament passed a bill to build a road over Skeiðarársandur, an alluvial plain in Southeast Iceland, with the aim to complete it before June 17, 1974, Iceland’s National Day and 1100th anniversary of the settlement.

The goal was reached and the first person to travel over the new stretch of road was Kristján Eldjárn, Iceland’s third president.

The highway is now 1,332 kilometers long after being shorted due to other projects and shortcuts.

In 2012, René Kujan from the Czech Republic became the first person to complete a solo circumnavigation of Iceland on foot in 30 days. 

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