Storm Traps Over 200 People In Gas Station - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Storm Traps Over 200 People In Gas Station

Published January 26, 2015

Nanna Árnadóttir
Photos by
Steinar Arason

More than 200 people are stuck in Staðarskáli gas station in Northwest Iceland due to a large storm which closed Holtavörðuheiði road, reports Vísir.

Around 80 people have been offered a place to sleep at the local school, Reykjaskóli, and some families have managed to get lodgings at a local hotel. Even so, more than 200 people will remain in the gas station overnight until snow ploughs can clear the road sufficiently to allow drivers to get behind the wheel again.

Although the gas station grill closed at 11 pm last night, the station plans to stay open in case other travellers need a place to stay.

Meanwhile in Akureyri, rescue workers have been struggling to help drivers whose cars have gotten stuck in the snow both in and outside of the city. In addition to this the roads to Öxnadalsheiði and Víkurskarði have been closed until further notice.

It’s important to remain vigilant while traveling in Iceland, not only can the weather be treacherous but road conditions are unpredictable. If you are planning to travel by car on Monday please ensure you check out Safe Travel and the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration‘s website for information.

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