The weather is one of the most unpredictable factors people live with and need to accept in Iceland. This applies both visitors and citizens all year round, independent of seasons.  Although the Meteorological Office in Iceland issues a daily and weekly forecasts the weather often behaves differently.

If you plan a holiday in Iceland it is a good idea to study the weather

Although it is February, Reykjavík has not seen much of a winter as we have barely seen snow or had a cold day.  Cold in the Icelandic sense.  This is very unusual as winter normally arrives with snow and regular snowstorms in December the latest.   The winter has actually been exceptionally mild and even most or January, and a large portion of February looked like a typical spring day in Iceland.  But today the Icelandic Med Office issued a warning for Friday the 24th, tomorrow.

Winter has finally arrived in Iceland
Feb 19 2017

Although the weather in Iceland is quite unpredictable and always changing, The Icelandic Med Office has been able for a long time to predict with accuracy that a fog will not appear in Reykjavík. That is because fog is very unusual in Reykjavík, and in the past, has more or less only been seen only in November.  And when Reykjavík had a fog it was only for a very short time, a few hours maybe.  But in recent days, in February of all months, we have seen fog for a few days.

Fog in Reykjavík

Yesterday the Icelandic Met Office issued a warning that heavy rain is expected in south and west Iceland in the days ahead.  The temperature in Iceland is also supposed to be warm for this season so in addition to the rain, water is coming from the mountains and melting glaciers. The wind forecast is a south and southeast 13-20 m/s. This is not good news for those traveling in or near the Highland.  As there are many rivers in the Highland and Highland roads one has to cross; the situation becomes more difficult and often impossible under such circumstances.  A river that was o.k.

This news and warning from the Icelandic Met Office is only a reminder of how important it is to follow the weather when traveling in Iceland.