The coldest temperatures of this winter were recorded last night; the lowest reading was a very chilly -27.5°Celsius in Möðrudalur valley in the northeast of Iceland. Temperatures in the popular sightseeing region, Mývatn reached -23.7°Celsius although the geothermal hotspots at Námskarð Pass and Mývatn Nature Baths were unaffected.
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This winter has been relatively mild across Iceland so there’s not too much to complain about. In fact, although the temperatures were incredibly low, Iceland has been enjoying some fine weather of late with clear bright days creating the perfect circumstances for revelling in the wealth of natural features across the country.
Needless to say, if visiting these aforementioned areas, drivers should be aware that roads will be frosty and icy and take extra care to avoid accidents. You will also want to bundle up in warm clothes, and hats and gloves are a necessity.
Temperatures today continue to be low but the bright, windless weather also goes on, promising ideal conditions to travel across Iceland. The white blanket of snow makes everything look that little more charming and lightens everything up, which is important in a season with few hours of daylight.
Visitors to Reykjavík can experience the novelty of walking over the frozen Tjörnin pond in the city centre. This is a favourite pastime of many locals who can be spotted playing on the ice, sometimes even bringing their ice skates with them.
The weather actually looks favourable for the rest of the week and clear skies in the evening promise ideal conditions to spot the Northern Lights should they be shimmering across the Icelandic night sky.
Given these freezing temperatures, the Icelandic meteorological society has issued a warning to the public to watch out for icicles. With the changing temperatures, these icy blades dangle from rooftops and awnings across the country and can potentially be dangerous if they were to fall on you. Locals are generally quite good at removing them but it is still something to be aware of.
Enjoy the cold but calm weather and wrap up warm.
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