As I was making my way along Iceland’s Route 1 this morning, I saw a sign for an upcoming tunnel. I read about Almannaskarðsgöng a few months ago but I had forgotten about it. It’s actually refreshing not remembering every detail from travel websites and books and “discovering” something on your own.
The tunnel is located near Höfn (Hornafjörður) in Austurland in eastern Iceland. The tunnel measures 1312 metres exactly in length and was opened on June 24, 2005. The tunnel passes through narrow and steep pass between Hornafjörður and Lón district.
During the winter the road had to be closed because of regular snow, blocking traffic to and from the east of Iceland, so a new tunnel began construction in March 2004 and was completed in October 2004. I made a short video as I travel through 1150 metres of solid rock and some 162 metres of concrete portals, bringing the total length to 1312 metres. As you can see in the video, the road is two lanes wide, although there are three passing places in the tunnel for emergency traffic.