The situation in Iceland’s rural areas is difficult all around the country because of the relentless cold spell this spring and summer and winterkill in pastures, especially in the north and northeastern regions.
Farming in Iceland. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.
Chairman of the Icelandic Farmers’ Association Haraldur Benediktsson told Morgunbladid the weather conditions are unusual and that they have impacted farm sites as far south as Borgarfjördur.
“These are hard times but farmers are amazing in terms of how they react to such conditions. It is unusual but not unknown,” Benediktsson commented. “As long as it doesn’t start snowing again.”
North Iceland travel agents are also concerned about the cold season, saying it keeps tourists away.
This weekend 5-15°C (41-59°F) is forecast for Iceland with the warmest temperatures expected in the south and southwest. It appears as if low temperatures with northerly winds will continue to trouble north Iceland residents for now.