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Iceland lives up to its name, but still no slopes for Reykjavík

By Iceland Review

The Icelandic Meteorological Office has forecast that the cold wave that hit the country last week will continue at least until Monday. But the capital skiing area, however, remains closed.

The capital saw -3°C at noon yesterday, but as it was windy, it felt much colder, Morgunbladid reports. At 9 am this morning, temperatures had dropped to -6°C.

The skiing area in Bláfjöll mountains outside Reykjavík has not been opened yet, and it is unlikely that it will open within the next few days.

Today temperatures will remain below freezing point in all parts of the country, from -1 to -12°C. On Friday and Saturday it will be sunny in south Iceland and snowy in the north.

The current cold wave is nothing compared to the cold wave that hit Iceland in 1918, known as “The Great Winter of Frost,” when temperatures dropped to -33°C and pack ice blocked sailing routes. Birds froze to death and polar bears migrated to the island on the continuous sea ice from Greenland.

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