Tourists looking for Northern Lights pose danger

Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten reports that tourists hunting for Northern Lights in Iceland are a road hazard. "Many tourists drive in the middle of the road looking for Northern Lights. In the blink of a moment a clear road can however become icy and super dangerous. The driver can be tired and not attentive enough with regards to narrow roads and sharp turns."

The paper interviews Jóhannes Sigfússon chief of police in Akureyri. "In only a few moments a dry road can become icy."

The danger is said to be greatest at night when inexperienced drivers look towards the sky looking for Northern Lights. Eighteen people died in road accidents in Iceland last year and half of them were tourists. 




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