Two weeks after Iceland’s official First Day of Summer, it is fair to say summer has been cold so far.
The last few days have seen sun and clear skies in most parts of Iceland—and the good weather is set to continue through this week.
While Reykjavík residents are waking up to sun and birdsong, the reality is rather different in the north and the east.
The forecast is for winter conditions and sub-zero temperatures in Iceland, at least in North Iceland, for another week. Páll Bergþórsson, former director of the Icelandic Met Office, states that there are indications that Iceland may be entering a cold period.
Search and rescue association Húni from Hvammstangi, Northwest Iceland, was called out to assist drivers who had run into trouble in blizzard conditions on mountain pass Holtavörðuheiði, which is part of the Ring Road, yesterday afternoon and evening.
Most regions in Iceland have been subject to snowfall in the past days, especially North Iceland. The main roads are being cleared. There are poor driving conditions around Ólafsfjörður, on Tjörnes east of Húsavík and between Þórshöfn and Bakkafjörður.
Friends Jóhann Konráð Birgisson and Finnbogi Helgi Snæbjörnsson shot a video of themselves mowing the lawn of their summer house in Grenivík, North Iceland, on the occasion of the First Day of Summer—despite the lawn being covered in snow.
Snowfall and temperatures as low as -7°C (19°F) have been forecast for a large part of the country today. However, the weather is expected to be mostly sunny in South Iceland, the Icelandic Met Office reports. Yesterday, Icelanders celebrated the official First Day of Summer.
This past winter in Iceland has reportedly been one of the coldest here since the turn of the century.
This summer in Iceland will be colder than average with a 30-percent chance of a wetter than usual summer, according to meteorologist at the Icelandic Met Office Trausti Jónsson.
Search and rescue services were called out to Holtavörðuheiði pass, on the Ring Road between North and South Iceland, yesterday when a 12-car pileup occurred in bad weather.
Icelandair plane Herðubreið was struck by lightning on Tuesday. The plane was en route to Denver when the incident occurred and landed there safely according to schedule. However, in Denver it turned out that the lightning had pierced the plane’s nose.
Two communities are currently without road connections with the rest of Iceland, the rural Árneshreppur in Strandir region in the West Fjords and the hamlet in Mjóifjörður fjord, between Seyðisfjörður and Norðfjörður in the East Fjords.
Snow, sun, snow, sun… A time-lapse video showing the weather outside the headquarters of the Icelandic Met Office in Reykjavík from 5 am to 4 pm yesterday in 40 seconds, gives a good idea of how changeable the weather in Iceland can be.
Search and rescue associations from Hvammstangi and Borgarfjörður in North and West Iceland were called out late yesterday evening to assist drivers on Holtavörðuheiði mountain pass, which is part of the Ring Road, due to dismal weather conditions.
After mild weather and spring-like thaw during Easter, most regions were subject to snowfall last night and this morning a blizzard raged on the mountain pass Öxnadalsheiði in North Iceland, which is part of the Ring Road, causing it to be closed.
Four British hikers contacted the emergency services early this morning. They had intended to cross the highlands by taking the Kjölur road, which is open for cars in the summer, but after four days in snowy conditions they had become cold and exhausted and were unable to continue.
Calm and mild weather with below 0ºC (32ºF) temperatures is forecast for all parts of Iceland over the coming days.
Despite previous reports, the latest weather forecast is for potentially good solar eclipse viewing conditions tomorrow morning.
Solar eclipse viewing glasses are completely sold out in Iceland, as they seem to be all over Europe.
The search and rescue team, Þorbjörn, in the town of Grindavík, near Keflavík International Airport, issued a warning yesterday evening when today’s forecast for calm weather with almost no wind was issued, conditions which have been very rare this winter.
A storm is raging in West and South Iceland, disrupting transport. Domestic flights by Air Iceland and Eagle Air were canceled this morning but the situation will be reviewed before noon.
While most landscape photographers can be found trawling forecasts and making sure they are prepared for the conditions they are about to take pictures of, Iceland has taught one of them to trust to fate and go out without expectations.
In a season of more storms than most can remember, tomorrow’s forecast (Saturday) is being touted as probably the worst so far this winter. Some outlets are even planning on staying shut and all domestic flights have been canceled, starting this afternoon.