REYKJAVIK, Iceland- Either an excess of geo-thermal heat or a minor volcanic eruption under the Myrdals Glacier in the south of Iceland has caused major flooding in the region. The heat from the volcanic activity within melted parts of the glacier, and the excess water flow has caused rivers to flood their banks. A bridge was destroyed which has made route 1, otherwise known as Ring Road, the country’s main traffic artery, impassable to the south of the glacier.
How to get around Myrdals Glacier and avoid flooding
It is estimated that it will take two or three weeks to for the bridge to be repaired and the highway reopened. Travelers in Iceland must either take Ring Road all the way around to the north of the country to pass between east and west or take a back route north of the glacier that is accessible only to four wheel drive vehicles.
From Ring Road, take route 261 and route 210 around the Myrdals glacier to the north (see map below). Otherwise, you need to travel on Ring Road all the way to the north of Iceland to get from east or west.