New Map Improves Tourist Safety

Minister of Tourism Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir, officially launching the ...

Minister of Tourism Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir, officially launching the new map. Photo/ICE-SAR

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Safetravel.is, the official source for safe travel in Iceland, has introduced a new map of travel conditions which combines what used to be three maps in one, mbl.is reports. Minister of Tourism Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir formally launched the map yesterday.

This is what the map looked like early this morning.

This is what the map looked like early this morning. Screenshot/Safetravel

The goal is for the new map to increase tourist safety. At the official ceremony, Þórdís Kolbrún called the map a big step toward tourist safety in the country, by showing updated travel conditions, such as weather, road conditions, travel conditions at tourist attractions, wind gusts on roads, avalanche forecast, and much more.

Minister of Tourism Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir and ICE-SAR project ...

Minister of Tourism Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir and ICE-SAR project manager Jónas Guðmundsson. Photo/Contributed

She welcomed the initiative and stated that the cooperation of her ministry and ICE-SAR, the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue, is valueable. This cooperation was recently renewed when funding for the Safe Travel project was increased.

The new map greatly simplifies access to travel information.  This is essential in a country where travel conditions can change very quickly.

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