Today in Iceland: A lot of Snow

Despite its name, Iceland isn’t the frozen wasteland that the name might suggest. During the summer, we have sun for 24 hours a day and warm summer days can reach up to 25 °C. Today, however, Iceland stands up to its name.

With most schools in the Westfjords closed today and roads in the South and West of Iceland impassable, this lonely island in the Atlantic Ocean is covered with snow.

Residents in Reykjavik had to dig their way out to their cars this morning and many roads on the Trollaskagi peninsula are closed because of danger of avalanche. Passengers who arrived at Keflavik Airport yesterday are still waiting for the 35 km road to Reykjavik to open. Jakob Jonsson, a passenger arriving from Sweden yesterday evening, told goIceland that the Leif Erikson terminal at Keflavik Airport is getting homely with all the people waiting to get to Reykjavik.

The forecast for this weekend in Iceland looks better, so this weather should not last for long.

Photos by Svafar Gestsson and NASA


Örlygur Hnefill

Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson is the manager of Húsavík Hotels and co-founder of He has worked as a journalist at Fréttablaðið newspaper in Reykjavík and at the Parliament of Iceland, as an assistant to MP for North East Constituency.

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