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Snowfall Interferes with North Iceland Spring

It is cold and wintery in many regions in north Iceland with snow on mountain roads. The police in Akureyri have warned drivers about slippery conditions on the Öxnadalsheidi mountain pass. A large truck ran half-way off the road there last night and is stuck but doesn’t obstruct traffic.


Snow drifts across the road on a cold winter’s day in east Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

On mountain passes in the West Fjords, north and east Iceland road conditions are wintery: ice, snowfall, snowdrifts, poor visibility and even blizzards, reports.

In southeast Iceland there is a storm in Öraefi.

In other regions road conditions are mostly good, although the roads on the Fródárheidi pass on Snaefellsnes peninsula in the west and in Svínadalur valley in the northwest are slippery, as the Icelandic Road Administration said in a statement.

According to, continued snowfall and frost at night is forecast for north and east Iceland. A cold and strong wind is blowing in from the north and birds have had trouble handling the worst squalls.

The cold spell may have disrupted the nesting season, especially among birds that nest in moors.

Click here to read more about birds in north Iceland and here to read about a snowy spring day in Reykjavík.

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