The Icelandic Yule Lads (sort of prankter Santas) live in the higlands near Lake Mývatn and there is no wonder the poor creatures are coming to town to get some warmth as temperatures in the district have been freezing. Yesterday morning mbl.is reported -23 °C (-10 °F) near Lake Mývatn. The measurement was taken from the automatic thermometer placed near Lake Mývatn by the Icelandic Weather Institute at Mývatn.
“We are used to this here,” said an unnamed source at the offices of the district Skútustadahreppur and said that his own thermometer had only shown –14 °C.
The area near Lake Mývatn is the coldest inhabited region in Iceland. When it is this cold the weather is usually totally calm and the lake is seized by the frost. The locals fish char through the ice with age-old methods and smoke it with dried sheep’s dung.
“My car started and everything is in order,” said the Mývatn source to mbl.is. The nature near Lake Mývatn is exceptionally beautiful in its winter clothing.
In March 1998 the icy temperature near Lake Mývatn was measured -35 °C (-31 °F)