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Plows Mountain Pass from Memory in May

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Plows Mountain Pass from Memory in May

Mjóafjarðarheiði

Photo: Kristín Hávarðsdóttir.

Mjóifjörður Mountain Pass, the East Fjords, was plowed last weekend. Yes, last weekend, the middle of May. Thus, the 35 residents of Mjóifjörður can finally receive guests who want to come by car, Vísir reports. During the wintertime, the only way to get to the village is by ferry, which offers scheduled rides from Norðfjörður.

Residents dub the snow plow ‘The Gentle Sign of Spring.’ It will be a while before all the snow is gone from the mountain pass, though, because there still are 4-meter (4.4-yard) high walls of snow on both sides of the road.

Ásgeir Jónsson oversees snow plowing in the area. With the help of good snow blowers, he was able to open the road and make it passable for cars. He’s still working on widening it, though, since it still only has a single lane. The trouble is that in the mountain pass, there is no cell phone or GPS connection.

Ásgeir’s wife, Kristín Hávarðsdóttir, says, “He plows the road from memory.” Ásgeir’s family is from Mjóifjörður and he visits there often. “He knows the area like the back of his hand.”

Now that the road is open, there will be fewer ferry rides to Mjóifjörður from Norðfjörður. The ferry ride takes between 30 minutes and an hour, but driving between te two places takes an hour.

The following photos were all taken by Kristín Hávarðsdóttir over the weekend and are published with her permission:

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