Bláfjöll Ski Area to Open Tomorrow

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As the capital region deals with heavy snowfall and road closures, the Bláfjöll ski area plans to open tomorrow.

Bláfjöll ski area is the capital region’s most popular ski destination, located in Hellisheiði, a plateau that separates the Reykjanes peninsula from the South Coast.

See also: Bláfjöll Adds Two Additional Lifts

However, only the slope “Drottningin” (The Queen) currently has enough snow to be operational. The slope “Kóngurinn” (The King) still requires more snow cover.

Skiers can also expect significant changes to the area, as the slopes have been under renovation since this spring, with two new lifts being installed.

Einar Bjarnason, manager of the ski area, stated to Vísir that, “we’ve been working day and night shoveling and moving snow. We’re trying for tomorrow.”

Einar also stated that he was hopeful that “Kóngurinn” could be opened this coming weekend, when further snow is expected.

Coldest Since 1918: Record Low Recorded in Reykjavík

An icy Reykjavík City Pond.

The coldest temperature since 1918 was recorded in Viðidalur in Reykjavík this morning, when thermometers dropped to -23°C (-9°F).

This represents the coldest recorded temperature since the particularly harsh winter of 1918.

In a statement to Fréttablaðið, Sigurður Þór Guðjónsson, a historian of climate, stated: “It’s not uncommon to see such temperatures in so-called cold-bubbles, like in Viðidalur. But in truth, it did not sustain this low for very long. It’s letting up now, but could just as easily become even colder with no wind.”

Notably, the recorded temperature in Viðidalur does not necessarily reflect conditions in parts of the capital region. Seltjarnes, for example, only dipped to -4°C (25°F).

The weather station in Viðidalur has been in operation for several years, and has measured some of Reykjavík’s coldest temperatures since it came into use.

Sigurður stated that in 1918, we know that temperatures reached -25°C (-13°F) in the city centre, meaning that temperatures in Viðidalur were likely even lower.