On Saturday a layer of snow laid itself over Iceland like a thick blanket. The following days have brought us more snow and meteorologists say it’s likely to continue throughout the week.

The weather to be expected for the rest of the week is cold but not windy, with a high chance of snow and even hail. The temperature in the Highlands might potentially drop down to -14°C, but it should be a cool -2 in Reykjavík and around -10 in the northern town of Akureyri.

Bláfjöll ski resort outside of Reykjavík.

Photo: Skíðasvæðin – Bláfjöll & Skálafell Facebook

Skiers in Reykjavík city will rejoice as the snowfall has made it possible for the Bláfjöll and Skálafell ski resorts to open for the first time this season. Both areas will be open from 2 pm to 9 pm today offering visitors and locals alike a surprise opportunity to hit the slopes.

The ski resorts are located a short drive from the city centre, with Bláfjöll in the south-west and Skálafell in the east. At both retreats, you will find great ski slopes for downhill skiing and snowboarding, as well as tracks for cross-country skiing.

See also: Skiing and Snowboarding in Iceland

And this winter weather is bringing even more good news. Why? Because tonight, there is a good chance of Northern Lights, an experience that often tops visitors’ bucket lists.

The Aurora Index (the scale on which the strength of the Northern Lights is measured) is set at 5 or “High” for tonight. The skies are expected to be clear across West Iceland, allowing for optimal viewing opportunities. Try to avoid the light pollution of Reykjavík and other towns in order to see them at their brightest.

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After a warm start to the year, it looks like winter has finally arrived in Reykjavík, meaning there is no better opportunity to head the mountains, eyes ever peeled for the Aurora dancing above.