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Record Year for Berry Picking Expected in Iceland

It looks as if this year will be record-breaking in terms of berry growth in the entire country, according to berry enthusiast Konrád Pálmason. The berries are also expected to ripen earlier than usual due to extremely favorable weather conditions.

Icelandic blueberries. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.

Pálmason and his brother operate the website berjavinir.com. They collect information from people all over the country on the upcoming berry season, post practical information for berry pickers and report on the latest news, Morgunbladid reports.

Pálmason is remarkably up to speed on the berry situation in Iceland considering that he has lived in Brisbane, Australia for the past 25 years.

“Judging by the news that I have received, the growth has been excellent. That has also been the case in the past few years but because of unique weather conditions this year the outlook just couldn’t be better,” Pálmason says.

One of the accounts on the website is from physician and berry enthusiast Sveinn Rúnar Hauksson who hiked to Mt. Hestfjall in Borgarfjördur, west Iceland, earlier this month and discovered that the crow berries had already ripened, although they were still rather small. The blueberries were also turning blue.

Although there are still four weeks until the main berry season begins, it looks as though people can start picking berries sooner than usual this summer.

Click here to watch an audio slideshow on berry picking in Iceland.

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