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Spring Brings East-West Divide

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Spring Brings East-West Divide

Snow in Neskaupstaður, East Iceland.

This photo actually was taken in the middle of winter. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The spring weather is unevenly distributed across Iceland at the moment. Norðfjörður in the East Fjords is still particularly badly impacted by thick snow, which is causing problems—not least for organized tours, some of which have had to be canceled.

Spring is very much in the air in Reykjavík, with lawns and flowerbeds quickly changing from brown to green and children and adults alike enjoying being outside, often barbecuing hot dogs and burgers.

On the opposite side of the country in Neskaupstaður, the children are still wearing their snowsuits, RÚV reports.

Construction of the new preschool is supposed to have restarted again, but the foundations of the building are still lost under snow and construction workers have needed to shovel the site and melt snow with hot water to see what they are doing.

Þórður Júlíusson runs a tourist center which offers horse riding, accommodation and various day trips: “It has definitely not been possible to do all the trips that have been ordered,” he says, naming Hellisfjörður as being totally impassable, even on horseback.

“It’s definitely unusual how long the winter is stretching into spring now. And it’s also a question of birds,” he explains, saying that the geese arrived in fine weather and now find themselves preparing to breed in what feels like winter. “But it’s going to warm up this week and that’s something to look forward to.”

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