Hundreds of tourists trapped in Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland
A great number of people that arrived in Iceland with Norræna ferry are stuck in Seyðisfjörður, where the ferry docks. The road leading out of town is closed. All in all 700 people and 82 motor vehicles arrived in the ferry.
This morning many tourists on cars not prepared for Icelandic winter got stuck on Fjarðarheiði, the mountain road leading out from Seyðisfjörður. The cars seem to have summer tires, and there’s snow and ice on the road. It was soon clear that it wasn’t possible to keep the road open.
Among those who are stuck in Seyðirsfjörður are 10 big busses filled with people that meant to go sightseeing while the ferry is docked.
The road condition on Fjarðarheiði are getting better, the road is slippery and there is drifting snow, but it’s not very windy. Road authorities will spread sand over the ice to make it easier for cars on summer tyres to pass through.
Though not as dire, the situation is undoubtedly like the beginnin og TV drama series Trapped, which features the town, the ferry and a blocked road.