Winter Conditions Continue - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Winter Conditions Continue

Published May 23, 2013

While Iceland celebrated its first day of summer one month ago today, many parts of the country are still in the throes of winter.
Icy conditions continue to make roads impassable in the southeast, Eastfjords, northeast and Westfjords. In the northeast today, the road to Dettifoss is closed and mbl warns of icy patches on roads in Mývatnsöræfi, Hólasandur and Bárðadalur.
Meanwhile, snowfall and icy conditions have made it difficult to cross Vopnafjarðarheiði and Fjarðarheiði in the east. Last week, a rescue team was called onto Fjarðarheiði to dislodge a German tourist bus which had switched to summer tires. 
Farms around Eyjafjörður in the north are reported to be suffering the worst bout of frost they have seen since 1970. It is expected that farmers in the area will have to purchase extra supplies of hay this year. 
Finally, as the lambing season is at its peak, the weather has prevented farmers in many parts of the country from letting their sheep out to graze. This not only further exhausts hay supplies but also risks compromising the reputation of our “happy” lamb products.
 

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