How to find balance on slippery pavements in Reykjavík

  • The snow on pavements tends to form an ice surface.
  • Walking on the slippery pavement can be difficult.
  • For anyone that is only going to use these for a few days, the less expensive Ice grips with spikes that can find a firm grip on the slippery surface, should do the job
Dec 16 2015

The snow came early this winter in Reykjavík and a lot of it.  Although the snow can turn out as a beautiful blanket over the city on a calm day, it also causes some major problems.  It’s not exactly when it arrives; that causes the problem, it's more the unwillingness to go away. This early snow came with the slippery pavements that are the worst scenario possible. When a huge amount of snow is followed by a short period of warmer weather and some rain, the snow on pavements tends to form an ice surface. This is a dangerous situation for pedestrians that unfortunately produces a lot of broken bones.  On such days, people are trying to walk between places, but it looks more like a dance when they try to find a non-slippery spot on the pavement to gain balance. It is the most boring of times in the city.
This is more serious for visitors that didn’t have a clue about this when they planned their trip. People that entered the country at the airport in their newly purchased winter shoes or even worse, their sneakers. So when they stepped out of the bus in Reykjavík, they realized how difficult it could be to walk around the city.
So for anyone who wants to walk around without the risk of falling on the slippery pavements an ice grip is a must. For anyone that is only going to use these for a few days, the less expensive Ice grips with spikes that can find a firm grip on the slippery surface, should do the job.  Most Icelanders know where to find them, so just ask anyone if they can tell you where to find a store that sells "mannbrodda."