While Reykjavík residents are waking up to sun and birdsong, the reality is rather different in the north and the east.
In Kópasker, Northeast Iceland, local resident Rannveig Halldórsdóttir says she has never seen such a big snowdrift accumulate on the seaward side of her house in the 17 years since she moved out east. And that includes in midwinter.
She told DV that though she took photos of the snow, she was unable to take any when the snowdrift was at its highest earlier this week, because the blizzard was simply too strong to go outside and take pictures.
Temperatures in the northeast hit a pleasant 16 or 17 degrees a week or so ago, so the sudden return to subzero temperatures and snow are especially unwelcome.
Meteorologist Haraldur Eiríksson told DV that traditionally it becomes spring-like in the south of Iceland before the north and that northerly winds in the north of the country in the last week have sent temperatures plummeting.
“There has been northerly wind for a few days and snow, but the forecast is reasonable in coming days, though cold and widespread nighttime frost,” Haraldur says—adding that he does not see it getting warmer in the near future.
Iceland has experienced its coldest April in 25 years and people have come to expect spring flowers and warm temperatures in early May. At the start of this May, much of the country remains under thick snow. However, spring arrives famously hard and fast in Iceland (often in a matter of just a few days) and meteorologists say that a late spring does not automatically mean a poor summer.