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Road to Látrabjarg in Poor Condition

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Road to Látrabjarg in Poor Condition

Látrabjarg road

Photo: Marino Thorlacius

The gravel road which leads to popular travel destination Látrabjarg is in poor condition after the winter, Bæjarins Besta reports. The 440 metre high Látrabjarg is the westernmost point of Iceland. Home to millions of birds, it is a popular bird watching destination and receives high visitor numbers in the summertime. Látrabjarg was chosen as one of the top 10 ocean views in the world by National Geographic.

Látrabjarg is situated on the southern part of the Icelandic Westfjords, and the road (612 - Örlygshafnarvegur) towards the cliff is plagued by deep holes which can damage vehicles passing through. Photographer Marino Thorlacius shed light on the issue with photos and videos of the road’s condition. “The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration and Vesturbyggð don't seem to understand that Látrabjarg and Rauðisandur are the places that attract people to the southern part of the Westfjords. The road access tarnishes the image of the area and is completely unacceptable,” Marino commented. “Everyone knows that these are rural roads and their condition isn't 100%, but its not acceptable that they’re at 20% condition in the high season when traffic is at its highest point,” Marino continued. He criticized the The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration for neglecting the road.

Travellers are advised to show caution while driving the road, which is still deemed passable. Further information can be obtained by phone (1777) and at www.road.is.

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