OMM Iceland – Mapping project

Iskort resently finished creating special maps for  OMM Iceland 2014 (Original Mountain Marathon). The contest has been held in this country for the past two years in the area around Reykjanes lighthouse, but now the competition was placed  east of the Reykjanes area or the area between the Blue Lagoon and Kleifarvatn Lake.
Iskort was responsible for generating maps for competitors and organizers. Contestants get coordinates at the start of the race and have to collect points with a stop at a predetermined destination. Contestants have the printed card from Iskort using only map and compass to find your way around the area.
Organizers also use webmaps from Iskort  during the planning of the competition, but the maps include marked trails, danger and restricted area along the perimeter of the area which contestants have to stay inside.

Screenshot of part of the map.


Cooperation with Rögg, developing GSM phone search system.

Iskort recently made ​​a deal with Rögg ehf. so mapsdata from Iskort will be used in the mobile phone search system. The system consists of mobile communication equipment, software and maps from Iskort

The GSM Search system is specially designed for  the Icelandic Coast Guard and removable units can be quickly deploed to helicopters units . The equipment is able to target a GSM phone even though the phone is not connect to the national GSM network. This system speeds up the search of missing person and can also provide telephone connection with the person missing.

Maps for the Icelandic Coast Guard

Now the cartography project for the flight division of the Icelandic Coast Guard is finished. Maps were formally handed over in march 2014.

The maps are specially equipped for the helicopter team needs in mind, highlighting the factors that increase their safety in flight. The main objects highlighted are telecommunications towers and power lines . Also prepared was an extensive collection walksways and trailes spanning over 1100 trails all around Iceland.

Data from the telecommunications companies and others who have masts in their control, tripled the number of telecommunications towers from open data. In addition, data from the Icelandic Hydrographic Service , lighthouses , buoys , depth lines and other lines in the sea is made ​​visible , but such information helps the helicopter crew in search of the sea .

Also on the maps are locations of flight beacons for IFR flight and information for the helocopters regarding flight over Iceland.


With the collection of information collected for those specialized maps, where the views of aviation safety , searching both at sea and inland is combined into one map collection.

Screen shots below show the main elements of the maps where the information in question appear on the map.


Area around Iceland spans from Greenland to Faroe Islands, showing boundaris.
Submarine cables and territorial lines
Buoys and shallows, marked with symbols in accordance with the charts of Hydrographic Agency
Colored sectors from the lighthouses are shown
Discontinued roads are highlighted to help law enforcement in the hightlands.
Power lines made ​​very evident in the map, and the distinction is made ​​between the town line and large distribution lines
telecommunications masts made ​​evident in the maps.
Trails and walkways

Creating maps like this for use in the ICG helocopters , containing huge amount of data from various sources could not be possible with out the  help and support provided by the following parties.

National Land Survey of Iceland  – Basemap of Iceland  IS-50V
ICG Hydrographic Department – Depth Lines, place names in the sea, buoys, lighthouses and other navigational charts data
Icelandic Meteorological Office– Glacial mapping
Science Institute – University of Iceland – Glacial mapping
The National Tetra Service – Location of telecommunications towers
Landsbjorg – ICE-SAR – Location of telecommunications towers
Loftmyndir ehf – Mapping consultant
Míla – Location of telecommunications towers
Vodafone – Location of telecommunications towers
Ísavia – Location of telecommunications towers
Rúv – Location of telecommunications towers
Landsvirkjun -Powerline paths, Windmill locations
Landsnet – Powerline paths
Orkubú Vestfjarða – Powerline paths
Rarik – Powerline paths
Orkuveita Reykjavíkur – Powerline paths
Fiskistofa – Information of fishing areas, closed areas and fishing boundaries
Members of SAR team  Hjálparsveit Skáta Reykjavík – Collection of trails and walkways
Þórhildur Önnudóttir – Mapping consultant


Maps of reindeer hunting areas

New maps of reindeer hunting areas are ready for sale and use in pdf-maps software.

The maps are 12 in total, 2 x 1:100.000 of east part of Iceland, divided by northern and southern parts. 10 x 1:50.000 by each hunting regions. Region 1 is divided to 3 parts due to size of the area.

Reindeer hunting areas are marked on the map and each region is indicated with colors. – Overview Map is adjacent to the map itself, so users can easily see the location of each area.

The maps are available in PDF Maps software.

Here is a screenshot of the map.




Map sections for 1:50.000 maps.

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2014 version of maps

Now 2014 version of maps from Iskort are for sale in the PDF-Maps software.


The map collection has 3 overview maps in scales 1:750.000, 1:500.000 and 1:250.000 and for scales 1:100.000 and 1:50.000 the maps are in section of each area. With this publication, it is now in the first time in Icelandic history that maps of scale 1:50.000 is published to the general public of whole of Iceland.


All the maps are also available to view on the “View Maps” page, where you can zoom in and view each map scale in full resolution.


The major changes from 2013 version is:

New base data from the National Land Survey of Iceland published in December 2013, which include a updated 3D model with height information, updated waterway data, updated road information and updated coastline.

Additionally is a huge collection of trails and walkways all around Iceland, and over 1050 trails are now in the collection.

Also there were a new method of sorting road and displaying the roads based on their quality and surface type.

Name placement on the maps was also re-designed and the priority of name placement was reordered.


Map showing trails


Map sections for 1:100.000 maps

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1. Vestfirðir, 2. Norðurland, 3. Langanes, 4. Hálendið Austur, 5. Suðausturland, 6. Suðvesturland, 7. Vesturland, 8. Norðvesturland, 9. Hálendið Vestur, 10. Fjallabak, 11. Norðausturland, 12. Austurland

Map sections for 1:50.000 maps

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1.Skagafjörður, 2. Melrakkaslétta, 3. Möðrudalsöræfi, 4. Borgarfjörður, 5. Nýidalur, 6. Snæfell, 7. Suðurland, 8. Laki, 9. Ísafjarðardjúp, 10. Hólmavík, 11. Öxarfjörður, 12. Langanes, 13. Mývatn, 14. Héraðsflói,15. Snæfellsnes, 16. Langjökull, 17. Askja, 18. Djúpivogur, 19. Reykjanes, 20. Landmannalaugar, 21. Skaftafell

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22. Hornstrandir, 23. Patreksfjörður, 24. Skagaheiði, 25. Húsavík, 26. Vopnafjörður, 27. Búðardalur, 28. Kjölur, 29. Ódáðahraun, 30 Austfirðir, 31. Hvalfjörður, 32. Veiðivötn, 33. Kverkfjöll, 34. Hvolsvöllur 35. Strandir, 36. Eyjafjörður, 37. Haugsöræfi, 38. Hrútafjörður, 39. Laugafell, 40. Jökuldalur, 41. Haukadalur, 42. Grímsvötn, 43. Hornafjörður, 44. Kirkjubæjarklaustur


45. Breiðafjörður, 46. Eyjafjarðarsveit, 47. Kerlingafjöll, 48. Breiðamerkurjökull, 49. Mýrdalsjökull


Ongoing mapping project

In early 2014 I made a special map for the Icelandic Cost Guard. The maps are specially made for the helicopters, where power lines and telecommunication towers are highlighted in the map. Also information from the Hydrographic department was added to the maps so the helicopters can have the nautical map’s information in one set of maps.

The maps span from east of Greenland to Ireland.


Here is a sample, where power lines are highlighted and have different types of line in regard of their height from ground.



Collection of trails and walkways

In late 2013 I started to collect trails and walkways throughout Iceland. Among the tracks are trails from my search and rescue team, Hjalparsveit Skáta Reykjavik. Also I have collected trails from various sources from the internet and from maps and books.


Here is a simple overview map showing the trails I have added so far, over 1000 trails are now in the collection.



For example, here is an image of Ejsa, the mountain north of Reykjavik, where trails are showing in red-dotted line.


Welcome to the webpage is the name of the mapping project for smartphones and tablets

This webpage is for information and viewing of the maps Iskort has created and is selling through the PDF-Maps software.

Also there will be information about  mapping projects, samples and news.

English version of this website is in construction.