A fierce storm hit south Iceland yesterday, causing turmoil at the camp site where the 2008 Horse Festival, Landsmót, is currently taking place near Hella. The local search and rescue team was called out to assist campers whose tents were blowing to pieces.
“The situation was terrible for a while. We tried to save tents but they blew away in all directions and were torn to pieces. Some tent trailers that were torn in two,” Árni Kristjánsson at the Hella Aviation Rescue Department told Fréttabladid.
“The weather is unbelievable. Everything is upside down,” said editor of news website IceHorse News Daníel Ben Thorgeirsson. “Several people are leaving the area because they can hardly stand upright because of the wind.”
“I have been to horse festivals for 14 years and I’ve never experienced anything like it. One can hardly see the next tent because of the dirt in the air,” Thorgeirsson said, expressing his surprise that festival organizers did not postpone the tournament.
“They are making the riders continue in crazy weather on expensive horses in front of empty stands. That is shameful,” Thorgeirsson concluded.
Information officer of the Horse Festival Telma Tómasson told Morgunbladid the tournament had got off to a good start yesterday but last night a horse show was postponed because of the weather.
Tómasson said the gusts of wind had not lasted long and that the wind had calmed down in the evening. She added that there were many good shows in the preliminary round in the children’s category yesterday.
The weather forecast is good for the weekend.
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