The past few days in Iceland have been stormy, mild, rainy, snowy and also full of sunshine. Mother nature just can’t make up her mind over here! In my opinion, one of Iceland’s best qualities is the ever changing weather forecast. For those of us who thrive on the element of surprise, this is the best place to be.
Icelanders are notoriously laid back, there is a saying here that goes, “Þetta reddast” which roughly translates to “what will be will be.” I couldn’t think of a more fitting way to describe this country, in the best way possible. With this attitude comes a respect and patience for the weather, as it is the one thing we legitimately can’t control. You don’t even have to be outside to see this happening – you can simply watch the weather change within minutes outside your window. Often, I sit on my couch and marvel at the fact that half the sky is blue and the other half is dark and stormy. And, with no exaggeration, this can go on in rotation for an entire day. The blue skies are slowly taken over by snow clouds and all of a sudden I see nothing but white out my window… That is until 10 minutes later when I feel sunshine seeping in once again.
It is no secret that Iceland is fit for the adventurous type. And the weather just adds to the excitement! While the stormy winter weather can be extremely fun, it is sometimes dangerous too. Of course we will never fly our helicopters if there is any possibility of risk, so with flights booked this is the only time the Icelandic weather can be unfair. But think of it this way… It just gives you another reason to make your way back to this country! And I don’t you can say you’ve truly experienced Iceland until you’ve had to deal with the elements.
Half blue skies, half incoming snow storm…
And an Icelandic blizzard.
By: Kelsey Heide