Deputy and Web Editor Iceland Review/Atlantica
IR editor and photographer Páll Stefánsson took the following photos during today’s ongoing storm in Reykjavík.
Another strong gale warning has been issued for South and West Iceland today and tomorrow. A gale is described as wind more than 20 m/s. The forecast also includes snow for the south and west turning to sleet or rain this afternoon.
Spoon Licker ( Þvörusleikir in Icelandic), the forth of the Yule Lads, arrives in town today. He is notorious for stealing Þvörur (a type of a wooden spoon with a long handle) to lick.
The Yule Lads, the Icelandic version of Santa Claus, one of the differences being that there are 13 of them, have started coming down from the mountains one by one to treat well-behaved children to presents.
School has been canceled in parts of East Iceland, including in Eskifjörður, Seyðisfjörður and Neskaupstaður due to bad weather and difficult driving conditions.
Visir.is published a video of a group of four people attempting to walk in the strong wind in Reykjavík. The wind was so strong that it started to push them into the underground car park.
The Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Týr rescued 408 refugees from a tramp steamer 165 nautical miles east of Malta yesterday morning. This is the second time in the past week that the ship rescues a large group of refugees in the Mediterranean.
Pollution from the eruption in Holuhraun has resulted in acid snow which has been accumulating in the highlands. Scientists are concerned that the acid levels in rivers and lakes may rise sharply when the snow melts in the spring.