Almannaskarðsgöng

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Almannaskarð Tunnel
Almannaskardsgöng.JPG
Southwestern entrance
Overview
Location Höfn, Iceland
Route 1
Operation
Work begun 2004
Opened 2005
Operator Vegagerðin
Traffic Automotive
Vehicles per day 300
Technical
Length 1.3 km (0.81 mi)
No. of lanes 2
Highest elevation 82 m (269 ft)
Lowest elevation 39 m (128 ft)
Grade 4.6%

Almannaskarðsgöng is a tunnel along Route 1, located just east of the town of Höfn (Hornafjörður) in the Eastern Region of Iceland.

View for the pass

The construction of the tunnel began in March 2004, the breakthrough was in October that same year, and the tunnel was opened on June 24, 2005.[1] The tunnel runs through 1,150 metres of solid rock and some 162 metres of concrete portals, bringing the total length to 1,312 metres (although a sign rounds it off to 1,300 m). The tunnel is two lanes wide, with three passing areas for emergency traffic. The southern tunnel entrance is located at 39 m above sea level whilst the northern tunnel entrance is 82 m high, making the incline of the tunnel 4.6%.

The tunnel replaced the narrow and steep Almannaskarð pass which was regularly closed during the winter because of snow, impeding traffic to and from the east of Iceland. The pass is still accessible in the summertime from the northern ramp and there is a parking place with a beautiful view (the southwest ramp is closed to public traffic).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "News from Iceland". News from Iceland - Review Journal. June 2005. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 

Coordinates: 64°16′57″N 15°2′21″W / 64.28250°N 15.03917°W / 64.28250; -15.03917