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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.