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Extreme Weather Continues Across Iceland

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Extreme Weather Continues Across Iceland

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

The Icelandic Met Office forecasts strong gales around the country over the next few days, with snow in the northwest, north and east. Though the south of the country is expected to remain mostly dry, there will be hazardous wind gusts, particularly by mountains.

Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue was called out yesterday evening to assist travellers at Sólheimasandur, South Iceland, who had gotten stuck in extreme weather with poor visibility, RÚV reports. ICE-SAR assisted in getting travellers on their way, as well as towing a car that had gone off the road.

Many foreign travellers are arriving in Iceland by the ferry which docks in Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland. To leave the town, they must drive over a mountain pass with treacherous weather. Ómar Guðmundsson has been clearing snow from the pass between Seyðisfjörður and Eglisstaðir since 1982. He told RÚV that there is often more work for him when the weather is good in town. Tourists drive up the pass, only to encounter much worse conditions on the heath, where they get stuck.

The Icelandic Road Authority warns travellers to expect wind gusts up to 35m/s close to Skaftafell National Park, South Iceland this afternoon and between Seljalandsfoss waterfall and Höfn in the early evening. The West Fjords remain on orange alert due to gale, snow, and danger of avalanches.

Storm conditions are expected to continue throughout the country until Saturday. Travellers are advised to check road conditions at the Icelandic Road Authority as well as weather forecasts before setting off.

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