But I am from the West…….

When I was walking to the office to day I met a man that had helped us out once a long time ago.
I had not thought of this for a long time.

 

Once long time ago I was driving with my parents, I was probably only about 13 years old.
It was early spring and we were in the Landmannalaugar/ Hrafntinnusker

Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar

area in the highlands of Iceland. It was still a bit of snow and we got our car stuck in a snow ditch that was frozen over a river, when we opened the door we could see the river running underneath the ice. This was in the evening. We immediately begun to try to get the car loose but after several tries to get the car going we decide to start walking, we walked and walked and fortunately for us we met five Germans in a very well equipped Unimoc, with chains on the wheels and they had shovels as well. They picked us up and we started driving towards our car, but we cant even make it all the way, so the 8 of us continue on food, carrying the chains for the wheels and the shovels.  We get the to the car and we cant put the chains under it and the 8 of us cant even push it, the car just does not move.  At 3 am we give up and the Germans drive us down to Landmannalaugar hut which was full, this being a weekend and all but luckily we got to sleep on the kitchen floor.

Next morning when everybody has left, we were trying to reach town, trying to get someone to come and tow the car away,  through the radio but with out any luck. No cell phones then.  In the kitchen we see a man sitting and eating.  He had long hair and a big beard, he had his hair braided like Pipi Longstocking and it even stood out like hers did : ) He was eating breakfast, and what he had was skyr and some Lýsi and a beer. He kept taken one bite of skyr, then some lýsi followed by a swig of beer.  I remember it made my mom a bit queasy. We greeted him and introduced us and he told us his name was Siggi. We started talking and we told him about our car problem. We asked if he had a good car, “nah not really” Siggi says, I got a Toyota High-Lux. But lets go see if we can get the car going he’s says.055

So we go with him, we were a bit worried and sceptical but there was nothing else we could do. Siggi kept drinking something out of a flask in a brown paper bag… When we arrive to our car the curiosity finally got the better of us and we asked him what it was that he was drinking out of the flask in the brown paper bag. Oh thats my Cod liver oil, Siggi says.  (uakk I say)  Siggi walks over to the car, walks around it a bit, nods thoughtfully and strokes his beard and then after a while he says to my dad: Give me the keys.  My dad says: but the car is completely stuck, 8 of us could not even move it an inch.  Siggi just looks at him and says:
ah, but I am from the West.

We give him the car keys, and guess what, he drives the car out of the ditch!!!

 

So I guess it DOES matter where you are from  : )

 

Hrafntinnusker

Hrafntinnusker Landmannalaugar area

 

 

 

 

 

The Weather in Iceland

Weather in Iceland.

 

If you don´t like the weather in Iceland just wait a minute : )

This is a very common saying in Iceland and most often true. In one day you can experience sunshine, rain, snow, wind and drizzle. It is impossible to know how to dress as the weather constantly changes.

The weather has been Icelanders favourite  topic for a long time!

It can always be discussed and you can often hear people say that it will rain soon because their left elbow is hurting or that it will be colder because their joints are aching.

Here are some common believes regarding the weather:  If the “teeth” of a rake are facing up that means rain, if there are a lot of berries in the fall we will have heavy snow during the winter, a foggy window indicates good weather. If winter and summer freeze together i.e last day of winter freezes together with the first day of summer, we will definitely have a great summer.

It is fair to say the we love to speculate how the weather will be.  But what is it really like, the weather in Iceland?

Due to the warm gulf stream the climate in Iceland is much warmer than in other regions of the same degree of latitude. Winter in Iceland is rather mild and summertime more cool.

In the summer we have the long days when the sun never goes down, I really love the long summer days. July and August are the warmest months and the average temperature in Reykjavik this year was 12.2°C / 54°F and going highest up-to 20°C/68°F . Total hours of sunshine in Reykjavik last July were 184 and that is 12.6 hours above average, and in  Akureyri it was 197 hours and 38 hours above average.

I think the winter temperature is what most surprises people, with a name like Iceland people expect snow and frost. What defines our winter is not the cold but the long hours of darkness. This is a great time to light the fire in the living room, open a good bottle of wine and read a long good book : )

In real time the temperature last January was is 1.6°C/34.88°F and December 0.7°C/33,26°F. Total sunshine hours in December in Reykjavik were 31.8 that is 19 hours above average and the most sunshine hours in December that we have ever measured. Luck us!!

 

Abundant House

Ghost house

Ghost house

Ljótiklettur

Ljótiklettur

People often wonder if it is getting warmer in Iceland, and if it is the global warming or something else.  All I can say is that the temperature has been fluctuating since the settlement of Iceland and that 2011 was 2°C/35,6°F warmer then 1949.