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Two Communities without Road Connections

Steingrímsfjarðarheiði, the West Fjords.

Steingrímsfjarðarheiði mountain pass. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Two communities are currently without road connections with the rest of Iceland, the rural Árneshreppur in Strandir region in the West Fjords and the hamlet in Mjóifjörður fjord, between Seyðisfjörður and Norðfjörður in the East Fjords.

Road 643 to Árneshreppur will probably open in early May if the weather stays good, the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration service center stated earlier today, while road 953 to Mjóifjörður will open in early June at the earliest.

According to the calendar, spring has arrived in Iceland, but commuters are still being stranded because of blizzards and impassable roads.

Öxnadalsheiði mountain pass on the Ring Road, connecting North and Northeast Iceland, has been closed on and off for the past three days.

The same applies to Steingrímsfjarðarheiði, mountain pass on Road 61, connecting the northern part of the West Fjords, including Ísafjörður and Bolungarvík, with the rest of Iceland. On Tuesday night a search and rescue team from Hólmavík had to assist people in two small SUVs, who were stuck on the mountain pass.

Before heading out, people should take a look at vedur.is (the website of the Icelandic Met Office) for weather forecasts, and vegag.is (the website of the Icelandic Road Administration) for information on road closures.

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