Today is not the day to go anywhere, as hurricane-force winds are forecast through the day and into tomorrow.
The Iceland Met Office has issued a strong warning about today’s weather, which will see winds reaching anywhere between 35m/s to 50m/s.
“A violent storm will affect Iceland on Monday and Tuesday,” they posted on their Facebook page. “Hurricane-force easterly winds are expected during the height of the storm on Monday afternoon and evening. If you’re in the country then please take notice of the approaching severe weather. If the forecast proves correct, then it will be impossible to stand-up outside (we’re not joking)! Our advice is to simply stay indoors from midday on Monday until Tuesday afternoon. All roads from the capital region will either be closed or impassable. Read a book while watching an Icelandic winter hurricane!”
Going by their handy forecast meter, the high winds are expected to beach in south Iceland on Monday afternoon. From there, they will move north, covering most of the country while increasing in velocity, but should be dispersed for the most part by late Tuesday afternoon.
As such, expect that roads will be closed, and that charter buses and airplanes will not be flying. Rather, heed the wise words of the weather people: stay indoors, read a book, finish that video game, start those watercolours, play with your kids or pets, eat, drink and be merry.