Weather across South Iceland was extreme this morning, with wind speeds reaching 65 metres (213 feet) per second by Hvassafell mountain, RÚV reports. The weather has caused road closures and complicated travel across the region.
Reynir Örn Eyþórsson, shift manager at Víkurskáli restaurant in Vík í Mýrdal, says the weather is unusually extreme for the region. Snow buried his car this morning, forcing him to walk to work in difficult conditions. “It had barely stopped when I was on my way to work, but you just bundle up. You have to have a good snowsuit.”
Heiða Björg Scheving runs the guesthouse and restaurant Gamla fjósið under Hvassafell mountain, where strong winds broke windows in guests’ cars last night. “It’s not unusual for the wind speed to exceed 50 metres per second when low fronts pass over but it went over 65 metres now which is some of the fastest we’ve seen.” Hvassafell translates to ‘windy mountain,’ a seemingly appropriate name.
Travellers are encouraged to check road conditions on road.is and use caution if heading out.