The above picture was taken by Iceland Review Online – Deutsch contributor Dagmar Trodler on the Hellisheiði mountain pass connecting Reykjavík and Hveragerði in South Iceland shortly before the road was closed last night.
Nature & Travel
A new record was set in Iceland when on December 29 the temperature in Skjaldþingsstaðir in Vopnafjörður, East Iceland, reached 16ºC (60.8ºF). It was the warmest temperature in Iceland between Christmas and New Year’s Day since records began, according to the Icelandic Met Office.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong gale warning as a storm with a wind speed of more than 20 m/s is expected to hit all parts of the country in the evening, lasting through the night. The storm will arrive in South and West Iceland first.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued a storm warning for parts of Iceland today. Southwesterly winds of 15 to 23 m/s are forecast for later today, strongest in the south.
A 50-100 meter (164-328 feet) high steam geyser has appeared in a 400-meter deep drainage hole drilled some days before Christmas by Landsvirkjun National Power Company in the geothermal area Þeistareykir in Northeast Iceland.
In addition to the seismic activity at Bárðarbunga volcano and the Holuhraun eruption site, the Icelandic Met Office has reported earthquakes in other parts of the country over the holidays, including an earthquake sequence 10 km (6 miles) north of the Geysir geothermal field.
After excessive snowfall and frosty temperatures around the country, strong winds from the south carried warm air with them, leading to a sudden thaw and rainfall in some regions. Road conditions are extremely slippery in all parts of the country.
The road under the slope Súðavíkurhlíð between Ísafjörður and Súðavík in the West Fjords has been closed since 1 am last night because of avalanche risk. The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong gale warning for the region with wind speed expected to exceed 20 m/s.
The mountain pass across Holtavörðuheiði connecting West and North Iceland was cleared this morning. The road, which is part of Ring Road 1, had been impassable for 24 hours. The snowstorm has also interrupted domestic flights.
There have been no flights to Gjögur airport in the Westfjords municipality of Árneshreppur since late last week—and the road is closed too.
The controversial idea of charging Icelandic and foreign tourists to see the pearls of the Icelandic countryside is making its way through parliament and looks likely to become a reality.
Many roads are closed this morning in all regions of Iceland, and roads which remain open are not easily passable due to ice or snow.
The wind which hit East Iceland on Sunday was so strong that meteorologist Þóranna Pálsdóttir declared it among the “strongest we’ve seen.”
IR editor and photographer Páll Stefánsson took the following photos during today’s ongoing storm in Reykjavík.
The Icelandic Road Administration has issued a warning due to reindeer along Ring Road One in Mýrar between Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Höfn, Southeast Iceland.
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.
School has been canceled in parts of East Iceland, including in Eskifjörður, Seyðisfjörður and Neskaupstaður due to bad weather and difficult driving conditions.
The Reykjavík Forestry Organization has announced that this year’s “Christmas Forest” is going to be Hólmsheiði and it opens to the public at 12.00 today (Saturday).
This video shows a great display of northern lights at Húsafell, a popular resort, with Jupiter at center stage.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued a storm warning for East Iceland today, expecting a strong gale wind of more than 20 m/s. An avalanche risk has been declared for Ísafjörður in the West Fjords and an avalanche uncertainty level for the northern West Fjords.
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.