An avalanche in Dalvík around 18:30 yesterday blocked the Ólafsfjarðavegur road pass and injured one skier, RÚV reports.
The injured skier was the leader of a group of five that had been brought there to ski by a travel services helicopter. The helicopter crew were just at the edge of where the avalanche occured and immediately flew to the skier’s aid. The injured man was taken to the hospital in Akureyri, but his injuries were not serious. The other four were unharmed.
The Ólafsfjarðarvegur road was closed for several hours while the snow was cleared. The avalanche that fell was roughly 100 metres wide and came down almost to the coastline.
The road has been opened again and there doesn’t seem to be risk of more avalanches, according to latest reports. However, this is a precarious season with rising temperatures melting snow more quickly, and skiers are advised to check conditions before hitting the slopes.
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