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Árneshreppur, the West Fjords, Iceland

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

There have been no flights to Gjögur airport in the Westfjords municipality of Árneshreppur since late last week—and the road is closed too.

There is a thick layer of snow on the runway, as well as on the road.

Árneshreppur has received a lot of snow and stormy weather in recent days (as has the whole country), and it continues to snow in what is Iceland’s least-populated municipality. Around 50 people live in its 724 square kilometers.

Residents are used to the gravel road being closed for weeks, or even months, at a time in the winter—but they do rely on flights to bring passengers, food, post and other supplies.

Eagle Air plans to try flying to Gjögur again tomorrow from Reykjavík, if the weather allows. If possible, there will be two flights, as there is a lot of cargo waiting to travel to the local shop, Kaupfélag Steingrímsfjarðar. Christmas cards and presents are also waiting to reach their recipients.

RÚV reports that the roads administration station in Hólmavík had planned to open the road to Árneshreppur yesterday, but had to cancel the plan due to the weather.

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