All you need to know about the Vadlaheidargong tunnel in North Iceland
Icelanders are always trying to figure out a way to get somewhere faster and easier. The brand new addition to the tunnels in Iceland, Vaðlaheiðargöng tunnel, are to achieve just that. The tunnel shortens the ring road up by Akureyri in North Iceland by 16 km or about 6 minutes driving time. But the main purpose is to keep the ring road open during difficult winters when the Víkurskarð mountain heath is often closed.
Check out the exact location of the tunnel on the map below.
Photo from a brochure about the tunnel.
There is a toll for driving through the tunnel which can only be paid online. See the 2 different prices on the photo below:
1. If you pay within 3 hours the price is 1.500 ISK.
2. If you pay after 3 hours it is 2.500 ISK.
The price is each way so if you go back and forth, the price doubles. For details, please see the photo below or read all about the pricing on the Vadlaheidargong tunnel website.
Please note that if you choose to not pay at all, SADcars will be notified and will charge your credit card for the 2.500 ISK tunnel fee plus a 2.400 ISK service fee, a total of 4.900 ISK.
A word of advice, skip the tunnel if the weather and road conditions are good. Vikurskarð mountain heath offers beautiful views and does not add more then about 6 minutes to your driving time. However, if road conditions and weather is bad, we absolutely recommend taking advantage of the tunnel.
Check out the Vadlaheidi tunnel FAQ section for more information.