Icelandic Search and Rescue has been called to transport 19 people to safety from Mosfellsheiði, a plateau between the town of Mosfellsbær just outside of Reykjavík, and Þingvellir National Park, reports RÚV. This stretch of road has become increasingly dangerous, with poor visibility and blizzard conditions, leading authorities to close it to all traffic for the time being. Police in Southern Iceland are advising that people in the area stay indoors at this time.
Davíð Más Bjarnason, Search and Rescue’s PR representative, reported that several cars got stuck on Mosfellsheiði and called for help. At the time of writing, it wasn’t known how many cars were stranded. “A Search and Rescue vehicle is on the way down from the heath with 19 people. There are also teams going further along to determine if there are more people in trouble,” he said.
In addition to Mosfellsheiði, roads have also been closed on Hellisheiði, a mountain pass on Route 1 between Reykjavík and Hveragerði, as well as all other roads leading from Reykjavík to Selfoss. The Icelandic Met Office has issued a Yellow Alert for the capital region, South and Southwest Iceland, Faxafloi bay and Breidafjörður fjord in the West. People in these areas are advised not to travel at this time. Information in English about current road conditions can be found on the Icelandic Road Administration’s website.