Nature & Travel

Weather forecast December 8, 2014

Storm Warning for West and Southwest Iceland Tonight

The Icelandic Met Office has issued a storm warning for Southwest and West Iceland tonight. Strong wind of up to 28 m/s, gusts of up to 50 m/s near mountains as well as snow and sleet are forecast. Strong wind, gale force in some areas, is forecast across the country.


Record Number of Tourists in November

In November 61,000 tourists visited Iceland, 31 percent more tourists than in the same month last year and five times more tourists than 12 years ago, which is when the Icelandic Tourist Board first started counting visitors to Iceland arriving at Keflavík International Airport.

Tourists in Þingvellir

Nature Pass for Tourists in Iceland Disputed

Minister of Industry and Travel Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir’s nature pass bill has been approved by the government and it will be presented in more detail in the coming days. The Icelandic Travel Industry Association (SAF) opposes the bill and proposes a tax on accommodation nights instead, which...

Storm in Reykjavík

The Storm: Don’t Go Out!

From all over the country there have been news of roof slates blowing off, windows breaking, trees falling, etc. About 350 people have been called out on search and rescue missions.

Weather map Nov. 30 2014

Epic Storm Brewing?

Meteorologist Einar Sveinbjörnsson thinks the storm today might be on par with epic storms like the 1991 storm which literally lifted people and caused extensive property damage. The weather has already caused some disruption.

A member of ICE-SAR fastening roof slates in a storm.

Major Storm Warning for Iceland on Sunday

The Icelandic Met Office has issued a warning as a major storm is expected to hit Iceland on Sunday afternoon and last until late on Monday. The wind speed might reach 20-30 m/s on Sunday, or 110 km/h (65 m/h). On Monday, squalls near mountains might reach 50 m/s, or 180 km/h (112 m/h).

Iceland's West Fjords

Skiing Course Canceled due to Lack of Snow

A cross-country skiing course which was to be held in Ísafjörður, the West Fjords, next weekend has been canceled due to a lack of snow. There isn’t even any snow on the mountain tops, local news website.

The ice tunnel in Langjökull.

Photos: Ice Tunnel in Langjökull Nearly Finished

A 200-meter (656-feet) ice tunnel has been dug into Langjökull in West Iceland, Iceland’s second-largest glacier. Last weekend, lighting was established. The project is being carried out by tour operator Ice Cave, which plans to offer tours into the glacier as of next summer.

Laugardalslaug swimming pool

Warm November in Reykjavík So Far

The average temperature in Reykjavík so far this month has measured just over 5ºC (41ºF), which is roughly 3ºC (37.4ºF) higher than the average temperature for November during the past ten years.

Hólavallagarður cemetery in Reykjavík.

National Geographic Praises Reykjavík Cemetery

Hólavallagarður cemetery in Reykjavík made the National Geographic’s recent listing of the five ‘Loveliest Cemeteries’ in Europe. Readers are encouraged to not look at cemeteries as gloomy and ghostly but rather as cultural relics and a kind of botanical gardens.

Iceland’s Capital Enjoys Indian Summer

Temperatures around 10°C (50°F) are forecast for this week in Reykjavík, which is much warmer than usual in late November. Last weekend too, capital residents were enjoying the Indian summer, mild and calm weather.

Storm in Reykjavík

Storm Warning, SO2 Pollution in West Iceland

The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong gale warning (with wind speed of more than 20 m/s) in Northwest Iceland and by the south coast today. The wind is expected to carry sulfur dioxide (SO2) to the west of the Holuhraun eruption site today and tomorrow.