Spring Has Finally Arrived In Iceland - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Spring Has Finally Arrived In Iceland

Published April 5, 2019

Andie Fontaine
Photos by
Art Bicnick

Sunny skies, little to no wind, and mild temperatures. Looks like spring has finally arrived in Iceland, and a meteorologist has declared winter over.

The forecast for the greater Reykjavík area will likely come as a relief to many people in Iceland’s capital. Temperatures will hover around a positively Bahamian 5°C through the weekend and into early next week, while wind speeds will never go above 5m/s. The sun will come and go, but the weekend at least is expected to be mostly sunny.

Although the spring equinox this year was on March 20, Iceland seldom abides mere planetary placement when it comes to determining the seasons. In fact, the Icelandic holiday of “the first of summer”, sumardagurinn fyrsti, is celebrated on April 25. Many Icelanders like to joke that the name is ironic, as it is often replete with cold winds and rain.

That said, meteorologist Haraldur Eiríksson told Vísir that we can all consider winter as good as over.

True or not, the next five days should be spring-like anyway, so do be sure to include some sort of outdoor activities this weekend to shake off those winter blues. Or greys, as the case may be.

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