The storm that swept through Iceland caused a number of problems for people and services yesterday, though perhaps no problem quite so startling as the the issue of the flying roof.
BB.is reports that the roof of a house in Ísafjörður was torn clean off in the storm and flew on top a neighbouring property. Thankfully no one was hurt in the incident, except the roof of course, which probably won’t make it.
The storm also contributed to massive delays and cancellations at all of the nation’s airports. In one instance, passengers of an EasyJet flight from Basel, Switzerland were forced to emergency land in Egilstaðir airport and kept grounded, stuck inside the plane, for 10 hours including flight time before being let out at their final destination: Keflavík airport. Despite the circumstances passengers were forced to pay for their own food while stuck in the plane.
Tourists struggled with the weather as well, as Vísir reported hundreds of cars and buses stuck on the roads running between popular tourist sites, Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir National Park.
Children in the capital were forbidden to go home after school on their own and kept inside until their parents came to pick them up personally.
Last but not least, Dominos Pizza struggled with making deliveries in the usual 30 minutes, with customers in Vesturbær forced to wait as long as 100 minutes for their pizzas.
CORRECTION: Passengers of the EasyJet flight from Switzerland maintain that the total travel time from Switzerland to their final destination (including the time grounded and stuck in the plane) was 10 hours but a representative of EasyJet maintains that the delay was only 3 and a half hours after landing in Iceland. The story has been changed to reflect this.
The images used for this story were shot at around 6 pm yesterday by Sigurjón J. Sigurðsson, founder and editor of Ísafjörður’s local newspaper,Bæjarins Besta, BB. An avid amateur photographer, Sigurjón has been documenting Ísafjörður life with his camera for decades. You can check his photo pages on Facebook and Flickr for more.
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