The current weather gives little indication that we celebrated the first day of summer last week, with strong winds across the country and snowstorms particularly affecting North and East Iceland. In fact, Vísir reports that April hasn’t had such low temperatures for 25 years.
The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong gale warning for Southeast and East Iceland. Some of the roads in the area are impassable and visibility is low due to snowstorms that are expected to last until late tonight.
Roads in the Westfjords are icy and some, such as Steingrímsfjarðarheiði, are impassable, according to the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration. The road to between Ísafjörður and Súðavík is closed due to an avalanche but clearing is underway, reports mbl.is.
While North Iceland is also experiencing a snowstorm, roads in the West are mostly clear although travellers should be wary of treacherous ice patches and note that some mountain roads are closed.
Conditions are best in South Iceland, but strong winds might still pose a challenge to drivers.
So, things are looking pretty bleak, but there’s no reason to despair if you’re indoors or simply prefer winter to summer, like York Underwood, who recently made the case for why Icelandic winter is better than summer…
The following images were sent to us by our editor Anna who is having a nice “summer vacation” in the East.