MET Office Forecasts Frost in Most Parts of the Country Tonight

MET Office

The Icelandic MET Office forecasts frost in most of the country from Friday evening to early Saturday. Sunday should see an increase in temperature with concomitant wind.

Cold snap followed by warmer temperatures, more wind

As noted by the Icelandic MET Office, the country is experiencing a shift in weather, with a decrease in pressure causing the wind to subside. Today, a gentle breeze is expected in many areas, although scattered showers are anticipated along the southern and eastern coasts of Iceland.

As evening approaches, the combination of mild winds and partly cloudy skies will usher in a cooler atmosphere. The MET Office forecasts frost across most of Iceland tonight, with a significant chill sweeping over the northwestern parts by morning.

Looking ahead to tomorrow, temperatures are set to rise once more. In West Iceland, the sky will become more overcast with a possibility of a light drizzle. A cold breeze from the southwest is expected across many areas, while the brisk cold will continue in the northwest. Nonetheless, the east is slated for some sunshine, making for a brighter day in that region.

Record Number of Icelanders Travelled Abroad in October

Nearly 72,000 Icelanders travelled abroad in October. Never before have as many Icelanders departed the country in October since measurements began. At the same time, 159,000 foreign travellers departed from Keflavík Airport in October, most of whom were American.

A strong desire to “get moving”

The Icelandic Tourist Board reported yesterday that 72,000 Icelanders – a fifth of the total population – travelled abroad in October. Never, since measurements began, have as many Icelanders departed from Keflavík Airport in the month of October.

“This confirms that Icelanders behave just like people from other countries. Their will to travel has grown, with a strong desire to get moving having gradually accumulated,” Jóhannes Þór Skúlason, Director of the Icelandic Travel Industry Association, told Fréttablaðið.

Pre-pandemic levels in 2024

The Icelandic Tourist Board also reported that nearly 159,000 foreign travellers departed from Keflavík Airport in October. According to information from Isavia, this represents the fourth most numerous departures from Iceland in October since measurements began. Departures from Iceland in 2022 have generally amounted to ca. 90% of departures in 2018, suggesting that air traffic will soon reach record highs.

“It’s gradual success and nothing else,” Jóhannas Þór observed. “Demand this year has been much greater than expected,” he added, noting that it would take more than one summer to recover from the effects of pandemic-imposed social restrictions.

“The problem is, and will remain, multifaceted, and relates to staffing shortages and debt accumulation; the financial state of companies in the travel sector won’t improve overnight. We estimate that we’ll be where we were before the pandemic in 2024.”

Travellers from the United States accounted for the largest share of tourists in Iceland in October, or approximately a third of all tourists.