Akureyri In The Midst Of Super-Winter - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Akureyri In The Midst Of Super-Winter

Published December 13, 2015

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Joseph Henry Von Ritter

The north Iceland town is experiencing subzero temperatures in the double digits, and the most snow in a decade.

Vísir reports that temperatures in Akureyri and Mývatn dropped to -20°C today, with temperatures to hover around -2°C to -15°C tomorrow. Temperatures on the lower end of the scale will be felt by people living further inland than Akureyri, which rests on the shores of Eyjafjörður fjord.

At the same time, RÚV reports that the town is contending with the most snowfall they have had in ten years. About a metre of snow has dropped on Akureyri over the past week alone.

These conditions have made clearing roads and sidewalks an arduous task. Town councilperson Logi Már Einarsson estimates it could take three or four days to clear everything, provided more snow does not dump on the town again. This has made life difficult, both in terms of the physical movement of the townspeople and the coffers of town council.

“I don’t want to make any excuses,” Logi told reporters. “Maybe we’re lying to ourselves and we need to speak plainly, and if we don’t think we can meet expectations, we should say so. Maybe we should put more money towards clearing snow, but then we have to take it away from something else.”

While the cold in Akureyri is forecast to continue through the week, at the very least, no more snow is predicted for the time being.

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