Physician and berry enthusiast Sveinn Rúnar Hauksson believes the growth of berries in famous berry lands in north and east Iceland will not be as good as in the past year as the weather in early summer was very cold in the regions.
Blueberries. Other wild Icelandic berries include bilberries, crowberries and brambleberries. Photo by Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir.
“The berry growth is taking place much later than in recent years,” Hauksson told Morgunbladid. “There is no way to expect a large harvest in these locations this year […]. It was cold early in the summer and now it’s turning cold again; one even hears news of night frost.”
“This reduces the berry growth and delays it so I assume it will be three weeks behind schedule compared to what we have seen in the past few years,” Hauksson stated.
Good locations for berry picking this season will most likely be found in southwest Iceland, west Iceland and the West Fjords.
“I wouldn’t rule out that berry shrubs and good locations can be found elsewhere in the country, especially if night frost can be avoided. If it remains frostless until mid-September, berries might ripen in other locations,” Hauksson added.
“I am going to start picking berries the last week of this month which might be the first harvest. […] It’s as I remember it as a kid when the berry picking season was only two weeks: the last week of August and the first of September,” he concluded.
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