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Bonfires Postponed Across Iceland

The conventional January 6 bonfires, held to celebrate the Last Day of Christmas, known as Threttándinn in Iceland, will neither take place in Reykjavík today, nor in other parts of the country due to stormy weather, as reported on visir.is.

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The Elf King and Queen at a bonfire in Reykjavík in 2008. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

Three Last Day of Christmas bonfires that were supposed to be held in west Iceland tonight, in Akranes and Grundarfjördur, have been postponed until Monday due to a stormy weather forecast. The fourth, a bonfire at Seleyri by Borgarnes, will be held on Sunday evening. Extreme jet streams are expected on the southern side of mountains in south Iceland today, ruv.is reports.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office has issued a storm warming from the north or northeast in the entire country today.

The temperature will range between -3 and -15°C (27-5°F) and considerable snowfall is expected in the northeastern part of the country with a blizzard forecast there overnight. Many roads have already become impassible in the area.

According to bb.is, the Threttándinn bonfires in the West Fjords, in Bolungarvík and Reykhólar, have also been postponed because of the weather forecast. The Bolungarvík bonfire will be held on Monday instead but it is uncertain when the one in Reykhólar will take place.

The same goes for almost all other locations in all parts of the country where bonfires and fireworks shows had been planned tonight. According to visir.is, Hólmavík in northwest Iceland is still on standby.

In Akureyri, north Iceland, the Last Day of Christmas bonfire had already been called off because for the first time in 76 years, the local sports association Thór, which has organized the bonfire, was unable to collect enough funds, ruv.is reports.

Click here to read more about the bonfire tradition.

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