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Satellite Photo Shows Snowy Iceland

A satellite picture taken of Iceland at noon on Saturday shows the entire island covered in snow and sea ice forming approximately 42 nautical miles off the northwestern coast, as described by meteorologist Einar Sveinbjörnsson on his blog.


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“The country is practically completely covered in snow, apart from maybe Skeiðarársandur [sand plains in southeast Iceland]. But that is the only [snowless] area,” Einar wrote.

“The three large lakes are not iced in spite of the frost,” he added, referring to Þingvallavatn, Þórisvatn and Lagarfljót. However, the dam Hálslón by Kárahnjúkar in the eastern highland had frozen over, the meteorologist pointed out.

“It takes a long time for these great masses of water to lose their warmth but it shouldn’t be long before their surfaces freeze. Þingvallavatn will be the last,” Einar concluded of the country’s largest lake.

December has been unusually cold in Iceland so far; click here to read about record frost in Reykjavík.


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