Much of the country has been under a yellow weather warning since yesterday due to a low weather system. Many places across the country are experiencing high wind gusts, especially in the mountains and highlands.
Although summer storms are not unheard of, the weather has been especially disruptive for travellers.
Icelandic search and rescue services have been especially busy during the storms, with some 30 weather-related calls.
Yesterday, July 7, two women were rescued off of the popular Fimmvörðuháls hiking trail, which runs from Þórsmörk to Skógafoss on the South Coast of Iceland, crossing mountains between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull.
The women called search and rescue around 6.00am, reporting that they had become wet and cold in the night. First responders arrived around 9.00am with dry clothes and hot drinks. The women were incapable of making the descent themselves and were transported on 6-wheelers off the trail. By 12.00 they were safely off the trail.
The weather has also caused the closure of Route 1 between Freysnes and Reynivellir in the Southeast. Yesterday, three vehicles were blown off the road near Öræfi. Although minor injuries were reported, search and rescue teams stated that the passengers were lucky, given the conditions.
Weekend weather in the capital region will continue to be cloudy with light rain over the weekend, but temperatures are expected to rise in both the North and East of Iceland, with highs in Akureyri and Egilsstaðir approaching 20°C.