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Easter Travel Disruption

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Easter Travel Disruption

Steingrímsfjarðarheiði, the West Fjords.

Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Yesterday, Easter Monday, one of the busiest travel days of the year, saw travel disruption due to a wintry storm.

The western half of Iceland was engulfed by poor weather, which brought strong winds and precipitation—often in the form of snow, especially on high roads.

Police advised people not to set off on journeys, as the weather progressively worsened.

Domestic flights were canceled and there were long delays on some international flights later in the afternoon and evening—including a Wizz Air flight from Budapest which managed to land at Keflavík, but was then stuck out on the tarmac for two hours, unable to connect to a gate and unload its passengers.

Some passengers lucky enough to get into the terminal had to wait up to four hours for their luggage, because it was too windy to unload the planes.

Meanwhile, a Primera Air flight, bringing 180 people home from Tenerife, circled above Keflavík several times before diverting to Egilsstaðir in East Iceland. All passengers were accommodated in local hotels and will continue their journey this afternoon, once the crew’s mandatory rest period is over.

People hoping to drive south from the weekend’s ski week and music festival in Ísafjörður were also disappointed, as the Steingrímsfjarðarheiði mountain pass was challenging to drive all day, before being closed altogether later on.

Such storms are not uncommon in April. It was just a shame it hit on one of the biggest travel days of the year. Easter weekend had generally seen good weather, and today is already slightly warmer, with little wind and widespread cloud cover.

No injuries were reported.

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